Image: Zombie Safe House Competition entry
This entry, one of many, has been getting lots of positive feedback in the Zombie Safe House Competition. "Note the humane use of zombies to power the human escape mechanism," said one commenter "Ironic, yes. Genius idea, oh-yeah!"
updated 10/18/2011 8:04:19 PM ET 2011-10-19T00:04:19

Between diseases, global warming and falling satellites, we have a lot to worry about these days — but let's not forget about the looming threat of a zombie apocalypse.

To help us prepare for this potential undead disaster, the folks at Architects Southwest, an architecture firm based in Louisiana, have launched the 2011 Zombie Safe House Competition. The organization has tasked artists, architects and other zombie enthusiasts with one goal: Design a haven that can withstand a full-on zombie assault on civilization as we know it.

Design entries so far are varied and imaginative, to say the least. A top contender right now is the Zombie Ranch, a zombie-powered vertical farm. As per the design, humans live in a spiral housing system above ground, safely out of harm’s reach; down below, zombies run around in circles trying to catch hanging bait traps, all the while turning a turbine that provides energy for the humans in the ranch.

Other entries include portable houses that travel through the air by balloon, structures floating atop abandoned oil rigs in the Antarctic and zombie fortresses built into mountain cliffs.

Voting for the contest is now open and ends on Oct. 20.

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