Reimagining Suburbs for the the Post-Carbon City
Finalists have been announced at the Reburbia Suburban Design Competition! Cast your vote for the best idea before midnight tomorrow (Monday, August 17).
Currently leading the vote count is Galina Tahchieva’s Urban Sprawl Repair Kit. It offers design solutions for integrating existing suburban prototypes like drive-through restaurants into a more diverse, cohesive and walkable urban fabric. The “T-trees Social Housing Project” has the second-greatest number of votes – it proposes nifty-looking modular towers topped with windmills that supporting prefabricated social housing units.
Meanwhile, an article in yesterday’s Edmonton Journal describes the fierce community resistance that stands in the way of proposals to modestly densify Edmonton’s older single-
family neighbourhoods with duplexes and triplexes. As a result of neighbours’ vehement protests of inner-city infill, developers and builders find it simpler and more economically feasible to provide yet more sprawling greenfield developments. The situation in Edmonton demonstrates that any successful approach to retrofitting suburbia will need to address the persistent cultural ideal of the single-family house in a low-density neighbourhood.
What do you think is the best approach to retrofitting suburbia for the post-carbon future? Winners of the Reburbia design competition will be announced on August 19 on Dwell.com and Inhabitat.com to inspire sustainable suburban transition.