Voting opened yesterday for Dwell magazine’s Reburbia design competition. While I’m not an architectural guru, I do love to see what imaginative solutions this year’s finalists have come up with as a way to reshape and revitalize suburbia.
This year contestants have come up with all sorts of clever designs that include everything from space-age travel solutions - Arbia (think: The Jetsons), to ways to reclaim and repurpose vacant parking lots and big box retail spaces – Bumper Crop and Livablox. There’s even a design using freeway wind turbines powered by passing traffic – Parasite Catalyst. All designs share a vision of the future that is at once inspiring and ecological. Ingenious is an understatement.
If you haven’t heard of this competition or taken the time to look through the 20 finalists’ designs, I highly encourage you to do so. Cast your vote for your favorite vision of the future of suburbia. You’ve got until August 18, 2009.