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Calling all future-forward architects, urban designers, renegade planners and imaginative engineers.

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We want to see how you’d design future-proof spaces and systems using the suburban structures of the present, from small-scale retrofits to large-scale restoration—the wilder the better!

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Top 10 Colleges Located in the Suburban Areas

Top 10 Colleges Located in the Suburban Areas

Between the quick developing urban colleges and the remote rural colleges, there is another type of college called the suburban college. The colleges in this list are all located in suburban places. They are ranked according to their academic excellence.

Colleges Located in the Suburban Areas

Haverford College:

Haverford is a private, coeducational liberal arts college. Established in the year 1833 the campus is located in Haverford, Pennsylvania, United States. All students are undergraduates. Haverford offers students with a wide range of choices in education and flexibility in choosing their area of specialization. It is a member of tri-college consortium and thereby allows the students to attend classes at Bryn Mawr College and Swarthmore College.

Claremont McKenna College:

Claremont is a private liberal college of arts. Established as a men’s college in 1946, it was converted to a coeducational college in 1976. The campus comprises of 69 acres and is located 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. CMC is ranked the 2nd best liberal arts college in the United States by Forbes

Wellesley College:

Wellesley is a private women’s liberal college of arts. Located west of Boston in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, United States, it was founded in the year 1870. It was founded by Henry and Pauline Durant. It was ranked the third best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S News and World report.

Washington University:

Washington University is located in the St. Louis metropolitan area in Missouri, United States. It was founded in the year 1853 and was named after George Washington. The university has students and from all 50 states of U.S and more than 120 countries. The university is ranked 23rd in the world in 2016 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

University of Notre Dame:

The Roman Catholic research university is located outside south bend, Indiana, in Notre Dame. The university offers undergraduate courses, postgraduate courses, and doctorates. It was founded in the year 1842 by Father Edward Sorin, who later became the president of the university. The campus covers over 1,250 acres in a suburban place.

Amherst College:

Amherst College is a private liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts, United states. It was established in the year 1821. Amherst College is the third oldest institution of higher education in Massachusetts. Amherst is now a coeducational college but was established as a men’s college. Amherst participates in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Swarthmore College:

Swarthmore college was founded in the year 1864 and is currently ranked the 16th ranked school in the United  States. The college is a non-profit private institution with 1,580 undergraduates and offers master’s degrees as well. Swarthmore College is a member of the “Tri-College Consortium,” an arrangement among Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford Colleges. The college was ranked the best liberal arts college in the US  a total of six times by U.S New World & Report in 2017.

Pomona College:

Established in 1887, Pomona takes the 8th place in the whole of the United States.The college is located 35 miles east of Los Angeles. It is a private, non-for-profit college. Pomona comprises 140 acres of land with 63 buildings and 14 residence halls. Pomona is ranked 1st among all liberal arts college in the United States by Forbes.

Stanford University:

Stanford is a private research university, located in Stanford, California. The university was established in the year 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their child, Leland Stanford Jr. who had died of typhoid fever at an early age of 15.

Princeton Universiy:

Princeton University is a Private Ivy League research university located in Princeton, New Jersey. It was founded in the year 1746. Princeton is the 4th oldest institution that has been providing higher education in the United States. It currently ranks 1st in the country. The university was originally known as the College of New Jersey. It is a not-for-profit institution.


Design The Best Suburban Space – Quick Tips And Guidelines

Design The Best Suburban Space – Quick Tips And Guidelines

Suburbanization is the process in which people shift from central urbanized areas to suburbs, which results in the formation of (sub)urban sprawl. The suburbs will continue to exist which creates the need to design and organize them. Increasing urbanization results in over densely populated urban areas. People nowadays prefer suburbs more than urbanized areas. The suburbs will have to density somehow in order to be livable. The dispute is how to outline or frame it. The people who move to the suburbs prefer to live in peace, but the urbanization might take that away from them. To successfully design a suburb in a sustainable manner, we need to contemplate on not eliminating the tranquility of the suburbs, while also maintaining the quality of living. Think of the suburbs as new urban centers that need to be connected to each other and to the prime part.

Design The Best Suburban Space


  1. Proximity over density:

People prefer proximity over density. We don’t need a psychologist to help us understand this. It’s all about perception. Density means living in a 250 Sqft apartment on the 25th floor. Proximity means walking down the block to the grocery store to get some eggs and bread for breakfast. Density is overpopulation, pollution, traffic jam. Proximity means a park is never more than half a mile away. We can have the beauty of proximity without the exaggeration of urban density.

  1. Designing a proper grid:

“Streets moderate the form and structure and comfort of the communities. Their size and arrangements afford or deny light and shade. They may have the effect of focusing attention and activities on one or many centers, at the edges, along with a line. The street is a place to be seen.”  This quote from the ‘Great Streets’ by Allan B Jacobs describes the importance of a well-designed street and sets a prototype on how streets should be designed.  In many suburbs, the density is merely fine, but the transportation dependence remains the same as densely populated areas because of the poorly designed street grids. People living half a mile away from their children’s school have to drive over two miles to pick them up because of lack of proper street grid designs. The easy fix is to reconnect the streets or designing the streets according to the traditional street grid. No traffic light system by MIT might be a solution to traffic jams.

  1. Using extra space effectively:

Wide streets, low density, separate uses of streets are a disappointment. But fixing this in the suburban areas can be easier than doing the same in cities that are already built-up to its maximum capacity. A suburb is an effective place to build a bicycle network. In a suburb, most transportation distances don’t exceed 5 miles. It is an easy distance to cover by bikes if the infrastructure is properly built. Using the extra space for necessary transit centers should not be a trouble.

  1. The town center:

The suburbs will need to establish traditional town centers, for commerce and community. Even some small towns urbanized by Metropolitan sprawl will have traces of traditional old centers, other suburb towns have to create new town centers. Developing successful town centers results in the development of successful towns. It is highly recommended to read Ellen Dunham-Jones and watch Ellen’s TED Talk.

The Factors To Be Considered While Developing a Suburban Area

The Factors To Be Considered While Developing a Suburban Area

The best suburban design is determined by the amenities available and services that create a quality environment that is accessible, safe and sustainable. The best suburb ever designed is New Albany, Ohio. New Albany is a suburb city located in the U.S. state of Ohio. Most of the city is located in the Franklin County, and a small portion extends into Licking County. The population according to the 2010 census was 7,724. It was founded in the year 1837. It is now a growing Suburb in the United States.

Developing a Suburban Area

Housing and safety:

It is a very wealthy community. The average home value in New Albany is $485,200, with a house ownership of 94%. New Albany Country Club and New Albany Links are the city’s most-desired neighborhoods, according to Trulia. According to Zillow, New Albany has the largest real estate network on the web.


The residential area of New Albany has over 600 acres of public parks. The residents have access to baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse fields, basketball between the Parks of Bevelhymer, Thompson Road, Wexner Community. It also organizes the nation’s longest walk-only race.

Suburban development:

A new project announced by the name of Hamilton Quarter which will be a new large scale development, outside New Albany. The project will take over 320 acres of farmland and woodland with surface parking lots, 700,000 square ft. of office space, over 800 multi-family residence and 130 senior living residences. The project is a collaboration between the New Albany company, the Daimler Group, and the CASTO.

The site map of Hamilton Quarter shows a complete separation of uses between single elements in the project. The residents of Hamilton Quater will be provided with navigating two on and off ramps to reach the destined amenity approximately half a mile away. There will be three retail strip malls, each containing hundreds of parking spaces in separated lots. Also separated from the office space with their own parking lots, workers, shoppers and residents drive to every destination within Hamilton quarter. The first phase of development is planned to be completed in 2017.

Best Landscape Designers in Newyork

Best Landscape Designers in Newyork

Importing creative design to an ordinary yard can convert an underused or obsolete area into a dynamic space. Suburban landscape designs help in the investigation of existing ecological, social and soil condition and process in the landscape and the design of intercession that will produce the expected outcome. It includes landscape design, environmental restoration, storm water management, site surveying and planning and recreation planning. The practitioner of this profession is called a landscape architect. Some leading suburban landscape designers in New York City are Kokobogreenscapes, Golder Associates, Steve Griggs Design and Todd Haiman Landscape Design.

Landscape Designers in New York


Kokobo provides clients with high-quality plants materials, craftsmanship, design experience, horticultural and construction knowledge. Their service includes exterior / interior landscape design and builds, green roofs, green walls, vertical garden, rooftop gardens, landscape maintenance, custom carpentry, stonework, plant rentals, and holiday lighting and decoration services. It also provides its clients with a superior selection of services. Kokobo won three awards in the year 2014, including two gold and one silver at LINLA awards.

2.Todd Haiman Landscape Design Inc:

Todd Haiman designs in New York City is a landscape designing company that builds residential gardens and public spaces. It also provides services like roof gardens, brownstone gardens, large landscapes, vacation properties and public spaces. The advantage of Todd Haiman landscape design is their cost estimating services. Todd Haiman received his graduate degree with a master science in Landscape Design from Columbia University. He also studied at the New York Botanical gardens within the school of professional horticulture and landscape design. Mr.Haiman is also a member of APLD (Association of Professional Landscape Designers), Royal Horticultural Society, Metro-Hort, ASLA, and AIA. In past years, his work was featured in the 6th annual European Biennial of Landscape Architecture in Barcelona, Spain.

3.Golder Associates

Golder Associates provides services like planning, landscape architecture, and urban design services. Public and private sector clients all around the world look for Golder Associates for award winning site development, property redevelopment, master planning, urban design and infrastructure services. Golder offers the best service and provides solutions with regard to infrastructure and land designing. With more than 50 years of experience, they have been running the show successfully resting on the pillars of integrity, team work, excellence, and care.

4.Steve Griggs Design:

Steve Griggs Design is owned by Steve Griggs who, along with his team, works the motto of helping customers wake up with a smile. They have worked on more than 1500 projects. Out of them, more than 800 customers are satisfied more than they ever expected. This makes Steve Griggs Design one among the best places to avail landscaping service. They work on protected schedule and timeline, and at the same time, they help you save a lot of money as most of their plans and projects are cost effective.

Simple Guide to Design a Beautiful Suburban Garden

Simple Guide to Design a Beautiful Suburban Garden

Good garden designs offer pleasing outdoor space for a family’s relaxation and entertainment. Garden designers join together with the owner of the house to reflect his suggestions and tastes to create a pleasing suburban garden. In the world of increasing sustainable costs, a simple backyard garden can provide a family with fresh and healthy vegetables, herbs and fruits. Many plants are perennials, with little care and maintenance it can provide years of satisfaction. Let’s take a look at how to create a suburban garden.

Beautiful Suburban Garden

Site survey:

The fundamental site analysis is the essential step in the garden design process. The site analysis involves a thorough and careful measurement of the available space.  It helps to discover the available space that can be used for gardening.

Functional design planning:

The next step in creating a suburban garden is designed planning. Planning has to be made according to the time and equipment available. The entire garden should be planned before planting. There are thousands of internet sites that offer you with different garden designs and plans with pictorial representations. We may include flowers and herbs or vegetable gardening. Planning before planting will save you hours of frustration later.


Once your suburban garden design is ready it’s time for planting.  Before planting enrich your soil with necessary organic manures. Make sure the plants receive 5 hours of direct sunlight a day. Planting combination plants can be more effective. With reduced garden spaces, it’s great to use plants that combine uses. For example, a fruit tree can also be used for shade. Mel Bartholomew’s ‘Square foot gardening’ offers necessary information on how deeply to plant, when to plant, plants for specific regions, when to harvest and much more.


A patio is a space in the garden where you can enjoy a meal with pleasing views. A well-laid patio with proper lighting and furniture creates an outdoor room that can serve multiple purposes. While planning a garden patio take factors like space, and pathway to the house into consideration.

Permeable surfaces:

The pavement in the garden should be laid on the permeable surface that will allow rainwater to pass through, adding back to the natural water table underground.  Rocks can be added to the gardens that are small and barren.


Planting trees or screening hedges will block out the view of onlookers. Deciduous trees will restrict view and allow sunlight through. Planting on Raised bed gives plants the capacity the block views. There are lots garden designers available on and offline to help you with creating the best garden of your dreams.


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Out of the twenty top finalists, one grand prize winner will be chosen by the judges to receive the $1000 cash prize and the highest honor of the competition.


She created Inhabitat in the Spring of 2005 as a way to catalog her ongoing search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design.


She brings her background in sustainability, food, and new media into her work on Dwell’s Off the Grid and Square Meal sections.


His first book, “Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn” was published by Metropolis Books in 2008, and in 2009 Evil Twin Publications presents ”The Sundown Salon Unfolding Archive” documenting the series of events held in Haeg’s geodesic dome home base in the hills of Los Angeles.


York’s School of Visual Arts, and the Australian National Architecture Conference. Geoff has been described as “the world’s greatest living practitioner of ‘architecture fiction’” by novelist Bruce Sterling and one of the 50 “most influential architects, designers, and thinkers” in the field today by Icon.