>Suburbia. The word often sends chills down the likes of urban dwellers and those who envision a homogenized grid of bland, cookie-cutter homes. Conjuring images of the Stepford Wives and Tom Hanks going bananas in The Burbs, it's not a pleasant thought for many. This competition challenges designers to re-envision the concept... Dwell magazine and Inhabitat.com have joined forces to address the issue of suburbs and strip malls decaying in response to "the current housing crisis, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, and rising energy costs." By calling architects, civil engineers, and imaginative creatives of all kinds to re-invent the suburbs.
The top twenty finalists from over 400 entries have been selected by their impressive panel of judges, and now they are calling on the people to vote for their favorite. A Reader's Choice Award will be bestowed on the voter's favorite, and the judges will make their final selection of winners on August 17th.
The concepts are multi-faceted, and range from Suburban Airships to Freeway Wind Turbines and are inspiring to say the least. Check out all of the entries! It is an encouraging look at the bleak future of suburbs everywhere.