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ReBurbia Design Competition

How to reshape suburban sprawl?  If you think about it the demands of today are high.  People want their McMansion on decent sized lots (which they think is 1/3 an acre, but that’s for another day).  I live in Charlotte, NC where our outer beltway is over a hundred miles long and it doesn’t even begin to encircle Charlotte’s suburb.  If you have errands to run, in a single day, I constantly drive 100 miles just for errands!  How can we fix this?

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Enter the Inhabitat / Dwell REBURBIA competition, by sending up to 5 images and a statement about your design proposal. 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). Entries will be judged on clarity of idea, usefulness of design, and visual/aesthetic appeal of renderings.

go to http://www.re-burbia.com/ to check it out!

The Man Who Doesn’t Use Money

What if you stopped using money, I mean all money?  No credit cards, no debt cards, checks, nothing! How would you eat?nomoney How would you get new shoes when yours wore out?  When I really think about it, I can’t imagine if I couldn’t not buy anything.  Not because I am addicted to consumption and materialistic things, but there are arguably things you absolutely need.  Soap for instance, I don’t need fancy soap, but a bar of ivory, sure.  To wash my hands, to shower, to clean cuts when I get injured, to wash the counter after cutting raw chicken.  Shoes, in our urban waste….I mean urban wonderland there are too many things that can injure you and places you can’t enter without them.

Reprinted: Style Christopher Ketcham

Daniel Suelo lives in a cave. Unlike the average American—wallowing in credit-card debt, clinging to a mortgage, terrified of the next downsizing at the office—he isn’t worried about the economic crisis. That’s because he figured out that the best way to stay solvent is to never be solvent in the first place. Nine years ago, in the autumn of 2000, Suelo decided to stop using money. He just quit it, like a bad drug habit.

His dwelling, hidden high in a canyon lined with waterfalls, is an hour by foot from the desert town of Moab, Utah, where people who know him are of two minds: He’s either a latter-day prophet or an irredeemable hobo. Suelo’s blog, which he maintains free at the Moab Public Library, suggests that he’s both. “When I lived with money, I was always lacking,” he writes. “Money represents lack. Money represents things in the past (debt) and things in the future (credit), but money never represents what is present.”
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Life Inc.

I was sitting eating smores today and watching the Colbert Report, he had a really interesting guest today who was promoting his new book Life Inc.  Basically it is talking about how corporatisim extends to every aspect of our lives, how it drives consumerism and how our value is derived by the amount we consume.  This have obvious ties to the story of stuff (click here) and many other discussions I have had on this website.

The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Douglas Rushkoff
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Jeff Goldblum

Turnbull Interview

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Here is a great interview with Elizabeth Turnbull, the Yale student who decided that dorms and rent weren’t for her financially and environmentally.  She built this house with the help of lots of folks in a workspace that she was rented to for free. That in combination with builder donations she was able to build this tiny house using renewable resources, non toxic materials and other eco friendly products.  Check out here story here

Tiny House Tiny Garden: Maximizing space through design

As I make my way to a Tiny Life, I have recently started a garden to grow my own vegetables. To be honest I rather suck at it but Things are growing and I have been able to make about a metric ton of pesto so far. Today I found these really neat ideas for how to maximize space and grow food also.

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