calvin chiu

A proposal converting McMansions into biofilter water treatment plants took top prize in the Reburbia Design Competition. Sponsored by Inhabitat ( and Dwell magazine, the competition challenged architects and designers to address problems facing present-day suburbia.

The grand prize of $1,000 went to Calvin Chiu for “Frog’s Dream: McMansions Turned into Biofilter Water Treatment Plants,” a proposal that converts abandoned suburban tract homes into manmade wetland areas (rendered above).

More information on the grand prize winner, as well as second- and third-place proposals and a People’s Choice winner are available online at