Sustainable Suburban Design Competition || Keene, NH

Two Competitions: Sustainable Home Renovation & Suburban Backyard Homestead

Open House

We had a fabulous Open House on October 5! Thank you so much to all who participated and volunteered.

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Saturday, Oct. 5  ||  10 A.M. – 3 P.M.  ||  21 Stanhope Ave., Keene, NH 03431 

Join us to celebrate the culmination of this unique project! Help us envision how to realize the next phase of the project, with the site as a living sustainability lab.

We’ll be displaying all the entries for both competitions, announcing the winners, hosting workshops on sustainable suburban living, and providing locally produced refreshments and cider from a bike-powered press. You’ll have the opportunity to meet many of the designers–professional, academic, and aspiring/amateur designers from the Keene community and the region. Dave Jacke, permaculturist, author of Edible Forest Gardening, and judge for our competition, will be at the site to announce the winners and guide exploration of the possibilities of sustainable suburban living. Come to be inspired!


10 A.M. – 1 P.M.     Sustainable living workshops 
No-till gardening–with Valerie Piedmont
Growing edible mushrooms–with Dave Wichland
Sheet mulching–with Valerie Piedmont
Composting–with Monica Foley 

Presentations of competition entries

1 – 3 P.M.     Explore possibilities of the site with Dave Jacke 

2 P.M.     Presentations of awards by Dave Jacke (and possibly other judges, TBA)

ORGANIZINGContact Project Manager, Lily Jacobson, with questions about the project or the event: designcompetitionkeene <at>, or (831) 236-6247.


21 Stanhope Ave., Keene, NH 03431.

From Keene:
Follow Park Ave. west, passing Park Ave.Deli.  At the blinking light, stay straight, passing Plotkin’s Furniture on your right.  You’ll pass several streets on the right named for trees.  Look for the insurance company and Cornerstone Chiropractic on your right.  The second right after that will be Stanhope Ave.  The Open House is held at the first house on the right, a light green aluminum-sided bungalow.

From Outside of Keene:
Find your way to Keene on Rte. 12, 10, 9 or 101. Stay on the bypass around Keene and take the West Street exit, then head west, away from downtown.  From there, follow the directions above.

Please park  at the property if possible; there will be room for several cars in the driveway and on the lawn in front of and to the right of the house (if you’re looking at the house from the street). Second choice is to park on the right hand side of the road (only the right as we must leave enough room on the road for neighbors and emergency vehicles to pass), making sure not to park on our neighbors’ grass. Third choices are a few businesses that have given us permission to use their parking:  the radio station at the end of the street (one long block); Underwater Sports on Park Ave., right across from Stanhope Ave., at the back of their building; or the bowling alley further down Park Ave. (a pleasant five-minute walk), in the parts of the lot furthest away from the bowling alley itself.


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