Long Island Index: "Build a Better Burb"

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The Long Island Index has announced an "ideas competition" that challenges participants to develop bold designs to retrofit Long Island downtowns. Open to "anyone interested in shaping the future of Long Island" the competition encourages submissions from architects, urban designers, planners, students and visionaries.

The competition builds off of the collaboration between Regional Plan Association, the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research and the Rauch Foundation, whose efforts resulted in the January 2010 "Places to Grow" report and Long Island Interactive Maps website. "Places to Grow" identifies roughly 8,300 acres of unbuilt land in over 150 village downtowns and rail station areas - prime acreage to accommodate the bold ideas sought by this competition.

The best ideas, designs, images and videos will be selected as finalists and publicized in a broad media campaign. Prizes totaling $22,500 to be awarded to multiple winners. Submissions accepted through June 21, 2010.

To learn more, go to www.buildabetterburb.org.