Our friends at Inhabitat just announced the Top 20 finalists of the Reburbia design competition to revitalize the suburbs. Reburbia invited architects, urban designers, renegade planners and imaginative engineers to design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration.
Reburbia’s jury comprises Jill Fehrenbacher (founder of Inhabitat.com), Sarah Rich (editor at Dwell magazine), Fritz Haeg (author of Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn), Geoff Manaugh (author of BLDGBLOG and The BLDGBLOG Book), Thomas Ermacora (founder of the CLEAR Village Foundation), Eric Corey Freed (executive director of Urban Re:Vision), Allan Chochinov (editor-in-chief of Core77.com), and our very own Paul Petrunia (founder of Archinect.com & Bustler.net).
“From the practical to the provocative and the incredible to the just plain bizarre, we’re pretty stoked about the caliber of creativity and the sheer beauty of some of these renderings so check them out!,” say Reburbia’s organizers. “Let us know which concepts you’re rooting for and please feel free to post up your picks for the winner as well.”
Here are some finalist designs that caught our attention - go here to see the complete list and cast your vote.
AIRBIA: A Suburban Airship by Alexandros Tsolakis / Irene Shamma
Regenerative Suburban Median by Brian Alessi
Bumper Crop: Converting Parking Lots to Farms by The Miller|Hull Partnership
LivaBlox: Converting Big Box Stores to Container Homes by Evan Collins
EX BOX: Second Lives for Ghost Malls and Big Box Stores by Ha Young Ihn
Parasite Catalyst: Freeway Wind Turbines by Joseph De Le Ree
FROGâ€™S DREAM: McMansions Turned into Biofilter Water Treatment Plants by Calvin Chiu
Big Box Stores Transformed into Biofuel Generators by Alan Berger / Case Brown
Radial Erect-Urbia: Elevated Geothermal Neighborhoods by Michael Hughes, Damon Wake
T-Tree: A Towering Community of Sustainable Residences by Adil Azhiyev, Ivan Kudryavtsev (Light+Space)
Urban Sprawl Repair Kit: Repairing The Urban Fabric by Galina Tahchieva
Inter Estates: Reclaimed Freeways Turned Farms by Daniel Phillips
Vehiforce: Generate Energy With Your Parked Car! by Tony Grullon
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