Reburbia Your Exurban Suburbia


We usually like to leave the competition news to Bustler, but our friends at Dwell Magazine and Inhabitat have an interesting Reburbia Design Competition in the works.  It's a competition to re-envision the suburbs — a call to all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners, and imaginative engineers.  You can submit up to five (5) images and a statement about your design proposal.  Entries will be judged on clarity of idea, usefulness of design, and visual/aesthetic appeal of renderings. Here's a little more:

From the Reburbia website:

Show us how you would re-invent the suburbs! What would a McMansion become if it weren’t a single-family dwelling? How could a vacant big box store be retrofitted for agriculture? What sort of design solutions can you come up with to facilitate car-free mobility, ‘burb-grown food, and local, renewable energy generation? We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration—the wilder the better!  You can submit as many entries as you like, but each individual entry should be focused on one singular design problem/solution (i.e. a McMansion farm rehab, a bicycle transportation hub, a piezoelectric, energy-generating freeway paving system).

Good Luck! Submit entry by August 1, 12 am EST.

  • Anonymous

    It’s easy to overlook the faults of our suburban, highway linked society when we discuss sustainable housing. America is going to be in a world of hurt if a REAL energy (oil) crisis hits. Unfortunately most of the mainstream criticism of alternatives like electric vehicles is based on a desperate attempt to hold onto the commuter lifestyle we have grown so accustomed to. We need to totally rethink the way we live. If we live/ work/ shop all within a much smaller area, an electric vehicle with a 40 mile range could mean you never need another tank of gasoline. And if that electricity comes from wind or solar, even better…

    I can’t wait to see some of the winners of the contest!

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