This is for all Lake Oswegans who feel embarrassed to tell people they live in the SUBURBS. I know you're out there - you're the ones who look at every piece of land and think about how it can be transformed into something taller, denser and more vibrant.
This design contest is from 2009. Unfortunately there was only one such re-envisioning of the wastelands known as suburbia. Perhaps the vacant big box stores did not come to pass as had been predicted. Maybe it was because people refused to move out of their McMansions, or that someone realized more people are moving TO the suburbs than away from them. Reality bites.
Seriously, I think the designs are wonderfully creative and some may find practical use somewhere someday. But to declare suburbia a misbegotten lifestyle worthy of transformation (re-burbanizing) is elitism run amok. So I present these ideas for their inventiveness, and thought-provoking ideas, but not as solutions to (and not for planners to write codes for)...suburbia!
See finalist designs and explanations at the link below.