Gallery: ENTREPRENEURBIA: Rezoning the suburbs for a sustainable future


They say that ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’, and nowhere is this more true than in the world of design. Oftentimes it doesn’t matter how brilliant an idea is, if it can’t be visualized effectively it is often hard to convince people of its merit. Readers who are familiar with Inhabitat will know that we are guilty of this visual bias as much as anyone: we are suckers for sleek, glossy, eye-candy renderings. Imagine our surprise then, when we realized that some of the best ideas submitted to our Reburbia Design Competition were the ideas with the least visual punch. In fact, one of the most powerful (and certainly the most workable and cost-effective) idea submitted to the Reburbia Competition isn’t a design proposal at all, but instead a policy proposal — called Entrepreneurbiato get rid of the idiotic zoning laws which led to most of the major problems in suburbia in the first place. Makes a lot of sense, right?

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  1. adellep January 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

    This sounds like a wonderful idea. I live in the burbs and must agree that the way we have been doing things here just doesn’t work. Recently I visited my local zoning ordinance about the legality of keeping a few, three chickens, in my yard. The answer is simply not unless I have two acreas of land to devote to three chickens. One would be hard pressed to find two open acres of land in my town. Great article and I’ll keep following.

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