Sustainable Suburban Design Competition || Keene, NH

Two Competitions: Sustainable Home Renovation & Suburban Backyard Homestead

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Thank you!

Thank you for a great time at the Open House yesterday! The workshops, conversations, connections, and enthusiasm made for a wonderful day. You can see some photos from the event here

Congratulations to competition winners Karolina Kawiaka and Renee LaGue! Congratulations to Runners-Up Matthew & Adina Brewster, Karen Fitzgerald & Kyle Barker, The Urban Homesteader/Ethan Thompson & Kirk Jones, and the design collective. Congratulations to Philip Duchastel for Honorable Mention for Creative Community Linkages. Congratulations and thank you again to all participants!


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Two more days until the Open House! We can’t wait–we have a great day lined up. We look forward to visiting with you! 

We’ve posted all of the competition entries online–check them out! At the Open House you’ll have the opportunity to vote on your favorite projects for the People’s Choice Awards. You can also learn about all of the designers here


Sat., Oct. 5: Open House

Save the date! Sat., Oct. 5, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M.  |  21 Stanhope Ave., Keene 
How can we live sustainably on typical suburban properties? Visit this one-acre site in Keene to see many different takes on that question.
Join us to learn about sustainable suburban living, make cider on a bike-powered press, and enjoy locally produced refreshments. Help us celebrate the culmination of this unique design competition and envision how to realize the next phase of the project with the site as a sustainable living lab. 
We’ll be showcasing the entries from our two Sustainable Suburban Design Competitions: the Suburban Backyard Homestead Design competition and the Sustainable Home Renovation Design competition. We’ll be presenting awards to the winners, determined by designers Dave Jacke, Jono Neiger, Bruce Coldham, and Kim Erslev. Explore the possibilities of the site with Dave Jacke from 1 – 3. Awards will be presented in person by Dave (and possibly other judges–TBA). 
Full schedule, including lineup of sustainability demonstrations and workshops, to follow. Check our website soon to get a taste of the designs. Come to be inspired!

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We’re very pleased to announce the judges for the competitions! 

For the Suburban Backyard Homestead Design competition: Dave Jacke & Jono Neiger 

For the Sustainable Home Renovation Design competition: Bruce Coldham & Kim Erslev 

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We’re looking forward to the tour/orientation this weekend! If you’re considering participating in the competition or would just like to learn more about the project, stop by on Sunday anytime between 1 and 4. There is no working restroom or running water at the site, so please come prepared.

This photo represents “before.” What kind of potential do you see that could translate into a Sustainable Home Renovation or a Suburban Backyard Homestead design?

House and yard looking from the southeast

House and yard looking from the southeast

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Our next site tour is coming up soon–Sunday, July 21, from 1 to 4. It’s a great opportunity to experience the property firsthand and learn more about the project. RSVP (designcompetitionkeene <at> or just show up. 

Do you know a designer, architect, or student of sustainable design who might be interested in the competition? Please let them know about it! We are also accepting entries from teams–professional design firms, local permaculture guilds, etc. We encourage using the competition as an opportunity for collaboration.