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The future is now at home in Roanoke, Va.
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The future is now at home in Roanoke, Va.

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"House of the future" once evoked personal heliports, video intercoms and robot servants. But the architects and students who participated in the futuristic C2C Home Competition looked beyond "The Jetsons" to set forth designs that maximize energy efficiency, minimize household waste and nourish communities.

The competition was inspired by Charlottesville, Va.-based architect/writer/sustainability guru William McDonough, co-author of the book "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things." The contest drew more than 625 entries. The winning entries are on display through Feb. 13 at the Art Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke.

"People are looking for something that's going to give us a realizable strategy for the future, particularly as it relates to environmental issues," says organizer Gregg Lewis. "All this consumption of resources we see, new subdivisions being built -- people are concerned. They're beginning to understand that there are limits."

To see winning entries visit www.c2c-home.org. Some designs will be built in Roanoke, with construction to begin this summer.

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