In finalizing a key component of the Long Island Indexâ€™s 2014 effort to explore innovations for Long Islandâ€™s downtown area parking facilities, Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS Design Challenge has revealed the chosen architectural firms to take on the venture. The Rauch Foundationâ€™s project goal is to investigate new parking design concepts that integrate local amenities and transform parking facilities into architectural attractions. The four firmsâ€”dub studios, LTL Architects, Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design, and Utile, Inc.â€”will individually tackle downtown needs in one of four Long Island communities: Patchogue, Rockville Centre, Ronkonkoma, and Westbury. Each community will collaborate with a selected architectural firm to pinpoint prospective sites.
The Build a Better Burb competition, sponsored by the Long Island Index, has announced its 23 finalists, selected from a pool of over two hundred submissions. The competition invited architects, designers, planners, and students to reimagine suburbia in light of Long Islandâ€™s lack of job opportunities and its high housing costsâ€”and a landscape ripe for reinvention as a more socially and environmentally sustainable place. Read More
The suburbs are in a sorry stateâ€”rampant foreclosures, derelict downtowns, and anyone under 35 fleeing for their lives. But as weâ€™ve reported in a look at Long Island, the burbs are now seeing the stirrings of a smart-growth insurrection as town officials try to find a sustainable way to the future. Helping lead the charge, the Long Island Index is today announcing the launch of Build a Better Burb, an open ideas competition to rethink what the suburbs can be. They want us to dream bigâ€”and theyâ€™re dangling $22,500 in prizes for the boldest solutions for retrofitting Long Island’s acres of â€œunderperforming asphalt.â€ Read More