A small, but growing, number of urban planners and land use experts are beginning to anticipate the fall of suburbia. (Of course, Roger Corman did the same thing back in 1983 in his classic punk drama "Suburbia". It was a healthy counterweight to "Pretty in Pink". Better soundtrack, too.)
At any rate, I posted last month about Reburbia, a new ideas competition looking for designs and illustrations that envision creative planning and use solutions for suburban sprawl.
BLDGBlog has posted some of the details of the Reburbia contest -- more than 400 entries were submitted, and the top 20 are now online for public viewing and voting.
Don't miss Calvin Chiu's "Frog's Dream," in which abandoned McMansions have been turned into "wetlands and natural water filtration systems for urban centers"... Also worth a gander are the parking lots converted into farm plots, the MOS Studio-esque big box stores turned into biofuel generators, the backyard swimming pools turned into water treatment plants, and the "regenerative suburban median."
And after you look, vote.
I was struck by the number of farm and agriculture themed design solutions -- infilling big box parking lots with small sustainable farms; suspending farms above massive parking lots to reverse the heat island effect; turning freeways into agricultural space.