CAB invites you to join us for Collaborative Design in a Chicago Neighborhood. This event is part of a newly launched model of year-round, free public programming at the Biennial. The program will feature Farm Manager for the MLK District Garden Dr. Shemuel Israel; permaculture designer and teacher Annamaria Leon; Director of Community Engagement at CCA Academy High School Nancy Zook; architect, educator, and CAB alum Ania Jaworska; and Founders of The Bittertang Farm Antonio Torres and Michael Loverich; moderated by 2021 Artistic Director David Brown.

Collaborative Design in a Chicago Neighborhood highlights ongoing efforts to reimagine vacant lots in the North Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Over the course of more than a year, local community organizations and architects have been working in close collaboration through a series of workshops and meetings to define neighborhood needs and develop designs. These collaborations build on the ongoing efforts of CAB 2021 Artistic Director David Brown. Brown's long-term research and design project, The Available City, connects community residents, architects, and designers to work together to create spaces reflecting the needs of local neighborhoods. The Available City asks us all to consider the impact collective space can have in cities today.

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Dr. Shemuel Israel is the Farm Manager for the MLK District Garden in North Lawndale and is actively engaged in promoting health through the growth and ingestion of quality food. In addition to his chiropractic and functional medicine practice, Dr. Israel sits on the boards of several organizations including the North Lawndale Greening Committee, Chicago Honey Co-op, NeighborSpace, and the Empowered Citizens of North Lawndale.

David Brown is a designer, researcher, and educator based at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago whose work investigates non-hierarchical, flexible, and variable approaches to urban design. Brown is the Artistic Director of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Ania Jaworska is an architect and educator. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jaworska was featured in the 2015 and 2017 editions of t the Chicago Architecture Biennial. 

Annamaria Leon is a certified permaculture designer and teacher, and is active in the North Lawndale garden community. She is Co-Founder of The Permaculture Chicago Teaching Institute, and also Co-Owner of Homan Grown, L3C, a social enterprise propagating urban durable perennials and providing training in sustainable garden stewardship practices.

Antonio Torres and Michael Loverich are the Founders of the design firm The Bittertang Farm. Torres is also a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Loverich has taught architecture design studios at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Architecture and at UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Nancy Zook is the Director of Community Engagement at CCA Academy. CCA Academy is a community-based high school and a campus of Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) located in Chicago's North Lawndale Community.

A city-owned lot in North Lawndale that is being developed into a community garden by local organizations and residents. Photo: Chicago Architecture Biennial / Nathan Keay, 2020