Build a Better 'burb
Tim Hess, Studio Director
Recent decades have drained from thousands of little towns like Groton the mix of places and functions necessary for human life. As recently as the 1950's and 60's a substantially more robust and vibrant town, Groton has devolved to become a mere bedroom community and a remote Boston exurb. (Albeit one with a theme; The town has become a 2-dimensional postcard representation of a well-preserved colonial era farm town.)
Sponsored by a non-profit land-use think-tank in New York State's Long Island, the "Build a Better 'burb" competition challenged entrants to re-vitalize that region's diminished towns.
The Moonlight Studio was inspired to propose interventions at several sites in Groton, re-shaping a 2000's big-box complex at the town's eastern gateway, a mini-strip-mall complex in the old town's heart, and adaptive reuse of a former high school among others.