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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!

What do you get when you combined a bagel factory & dirt?

If you spend any time in NYC, LA or other large cities you notcie what James Kunstler calls “nature bandaids”  click here for my post and his video img_2852_2 But what about when you combined a bagel factory & dirt?  In NYC an old bagel factory had its roof top converted from 6000 square feet of sheet metal to a viable farm!

Ben Flanner launched this project after feeling that he had his fill of working for E-Trade and when he saw how many folks around were turning to growing their own food, he jumped at the chance.  He partnered with several folk from botanists, gardeners, farmers and a green roof architect firm to make his dream a reality.

The farm is already being harvested and being sold to local restaurants as the closest to source vegetables available. Ultimately he hopes to set up a stand where he can sell to people of the community to keep it all as local as possible.

See more about it over at Good

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