Competition :: Build a Better Burb :: Deadline June 21, 2010

Build a Better Burb: an ideas competition to retrofit Long Island downtowns
Submission deadline: June 21, 2010
Presented by The Long Island Index

The time for thinking cautiously is over. We invite you to begin your process of envisioning and designing the next generation of suburban downtowns.

The Long Island Index invites all architects, urban designers, planners, students, visionaries and everyone else interested in shaping our suburbs’ future to help us “Build a Better Burb.” This ideas competition seeks bold design proposals for retrofitting underutilized asphalt in suburban downtowns into innovative and surprising new uses, forms and urbanisms. How might Long Island’s existing downtowns be creatively retrofitted – redeveloped, reinhabited and/or regreened – in ways that are economically productive, environmentally sensitive, socially sustainable, and aesthetically appealing?

The best ideas, designs, images and videos will be selected as finalists by a diverse jury of distinguished academics and professionals and exhibited on the website. An important goal of “Build a Better Burb” is to widen the debate about Long Island’s future; therefore, finalists’ projects will be publicized in a broad media campaign over the summer of 2010 to encourage the public to vote and comment for a “Long Island People’s Choice Award.” Other exciting initiatives to disseminate the work of the finalists are in the planning stages.

Cash prizes totaling $22,500 will be awarded. Visit for more information.