Reburbia Contest @ Inhabitat

I just got an e-mail from the team at Inhabitat on their new "Reburbia" contest. The aim, in brief, is to get some creative ideas flowing on what we can do with suburban areas that have been hit hard by the economic, financial and environmental crises. Sounds like a great idea. Right about now we need as many positive new ideas as we can get. I've reposted the full call, exclamation marks and all, after the jump!

With the current housing crisis, the sub-prime mortgage meltdown, increasing carbon emissions and rising energy costs, the future of suburbia looks bleak. It is obvious that a change in the American landscape is necessary, which is why Inhabitat has teamed up with Dwell Magazine to launch the REBURBIA design contest.

We know our readers are a smart and innovative bunch, and this is why we are turning to YOU to come up with YOUR vision for a brighter, more sustainable future for the American suburban landscape. 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?

Winners receive fame (being showcased in Dwell Magazine, &, and fortune ($1000 cash prize!)

Want to learn more? Visit to enter!


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