Airship Commute:The "Airbia" concept envisions helium-based airships connecting the suburbs to city centers. Alexandros Tsolakis / Irene Shamma
Residents of suburbia have long since awakened from the American dream to the downsides of tedious work commutes, bloated McMansions and lackluster civic life. Now a design competition wants to look at new ways to reinvigorate the suburbs with concepts ranging from airships to reclaimed backyard pools.
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