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Four Architectural Firms to Reimagine Parking on Long Island

In finalizing a key component of the Long Island Index’s 2014 effort to explore innovations for Long Island’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 Foundation’s project goal is to investigate new parking design concepts that integrate local amenities and transform parking facilities into architectural attractions. The four firms—dub studios, LTL Architects, Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design, and Utile, Inc.—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. With more than 4,000 acres of surface parking lots in Long Island’s downtowns, the chance to re-imagine parking will hopefully encourage residents to contribute to the process. The Design Challenge seeks to stimulate innovative thinking about the area’s mass transit-served downtowns. The Long Island Index’s online journal of suburban design, Build a Better Burb, will be the principal site for public discussion about the designs. Each of the winning architectural teams will receive design stipends and will have six weeks to complete their designs, which will be revealed in January by the Long Island Index. The firms and their corresponding communities are:
  • dub studios, Patchogue
  • LTL Architects, Westbury
  • Roger Sherman Architecture + Urban Design, Ronkonkoma
  • Utile, Inc., Rockville Centre
Nancy Rauch Douzinas, President of the Rauch Foundation, said in a statement that the search “produced some of the most creative firms in the nation for this challenge. We hope that the designs that emerge will both project the transformative potential of the specific sites in these communities and inspire a broader discussion on Long Island of the inventively positive presence that parking facilities could provide.”
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Long Island Radically Reconsidered

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 Island’s lack of job opportunities and its high housing costs—and a landscape ripe for reinvention as a more socially and environmentally sustainable place. The finalists’ proposals range from regional to local, and from idealistic to pragmatic, but share a few common threads. “One of the most important components of winning plans are walkable downtowns,” Galina Tahchieva, a Miami-based architect and jury member, told Newsday. “If places are not walkable and mixed-use, they are not going to be sustainable.” Other jurors included Retrofitting Suburbia co-author June Williamson, design journalist Allison Arieff, Rob Lane of the Regional Plan Association, Interboro partners Georgeen Theodore and Daniel D’Oca, and Lee Sobel of the U.S. EPA office of policy, economics, and innovation. In a release, the Index commended the finalists’ “thought provoking” ideas for their comprehensive scope: “None of the ideas are small ones with just a single building to retrofit a downtown.” Among the intriguing schemes were Brooklyn-based Tobias Holler’s LIRR: Long Island Radically Rezoned, which envisions a self-sufficient Long Island with 100 percent local food production, and Clover Stomping by Nasiq Khan of Queens, which would transform the region’s transportation with pedestrian bridges and bike paths, and then make these refurbished transportation hubs the center of new downtown districts. Other proposals included Philadelphia-based Nelsen Peng’s Bethpage MoMA P.S. 2, which would transform a Long Island town into an artist’s community, and AgISLAND by Amy Ford-Wagner of New York, which would place organic farms along Route 110. The public is invited to vote for their favorite among the finalists’ proposals, all of which are on view at the competition’s online gallery. The winners—and prizes of more than $20,000—will be announced on October 4.
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The Burbs Unbound

The suburbs are in a sorry state—rampant foreclosures, derelict downtowns, and anyone under 35 fleeing for their lives. But as we’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 big—and they’re dangling $22,500 in prizes for the boldest solutions for retrofitting Long Island's acres of “underperforming asphalt.” As Nancy Rauch Douzinas, president of the Rauch Foundation and publisher of the Long Island Index, put it in a statement: “The postwar ‘first’ suburbs, exemplified nationwide by Long Island’s own Levittown, are now pushing sixty years old and the needs of these communities have changed dramatically over the years. Now is the moment to address contemporary challenges by retrofitting the prewar suburban landscape of small towns and train transit that languished during decades of construction of new highways, shopping malls, gated subdivisions, and far-flung office parks.” The jury includes Teddy Cruz, Allison Arieff, June Williamson, Daniel D’Orca, Rob Lane, Paul Lukez, and other planners, urban designers, and architects. Register by June 21; winners will be announced in September.