LUCHA Hosts Eco-Charrette to Develop Affordable, Healthy Housing in Humboldt Park

Last Saturday, Latin United Community Housing Association (LUCHA) led an interactive brainstorming session to generate and target sustainability goals for its new wellness-centered housing development, Tierra Linda. Tierra Linda, meaning “beautiful earth,” is a scattered site, affordable rental housing project located in Humboldt Park and near the Bloomingdale Trail that is being conceived to nurture health and healthy living.

The kick-off event, which brought together members of the design team with the maintenance staff, tenants, and neighbors of the future development, introduced the benefits of “green” housing and collaboratively developed a vision and strategies for the project. LUCHA and Landon Bone Baker Architects introduced the project mission and led the group on a neighborhood tour. At each project site, participants examined and discussed their impressions of health, community, beauty, nature, and safety. LUCHA plans to incorporate key tactics into the development of Tierra Linda that support the core theme of healthy living and wellness integrated amongst tenants and the community.

The eco-charrette was made possible by a grant from Enterprise Community Partners and was facilitated by Steve Kismohr, Senior Technical Manager at Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.