Suburbia Transformed 2.0 Design Competition

Suburbia Transformed 2.0, an international design competition for built and unbuilt residential landscapes sponsored by the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design; co-sponsored by the American Society of Landscape Architects, New Jersey Chapter; and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The goal of Suburbia Transformed 2.0 is to promote and celebrate residential designs that go beyond “green” by explicitly using sustainable strategies, tactics and technologies to enrich the aesthetic spatial experience of people. ST 2.0 will assemble contemporary projects achieving this goal into an exhibition and catalogue. The emphasis is on how such sustainable landscapes can be beautiful, inspiring, perhaps profound; and serve as examples for transforming the suburban residential fabric, one garden at a time.

Significantly, this year’s version invites the submission of visionary (unbuilt) work, along with built projects, thus opening up the competition to students, as well as professionals.


Open to all, including landscape architects, landscape designers, architects, individuals, teams or firms…and students of design whose work will be judged in a separate category. Submission Requirements Submissions must be for two-acre or less residentially-zoned single-family properties. A submission with a newly built house is allowed as long as the lot was part of a pre-existing subdivision or town property. Submission requirements are outlined in detail on the Call for Entries, available for download at James Rose Center.


Cornelia Oberlander OC, FASLA, FCSLA, LMBCSLA, Landscape Architect
Meg Calkins, LEED AP, ASLA, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University
Matthew Urbanski, Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Landscape Architects, P.C.
Joseph S. R. Volpe, Professor, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


February 17, 2012  Entry Form and fee due
March 9, 2012           CD submission due
March 24, 2012       Jury convenes
May 19, 2012           Opening Reception at James Rose Center
August 31,2012       Exhibition travels

Entry Forms due February 17, 2012.

Fill out the Entry Form available on the website

An entry fee of $95 ($35 for students) must be received together with the Entry Form by February 17, 2012.

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