04 Aug '11, 8pm

Barbie Dream House has solar panels, low-flow toilets, four stories, giraffe

Barbie Dream House has solar panels, low-flow toilets, four stories, giraffe

The American Institute of Architects has picked a winning design in its Barbie Dream House contest, and it's green as well as pink. The four-story edifice, presumably built with input from Architect Barbie , features solar panels, low-flow toilets, EnergyStar appliances, a greenhouse, eco-friendly bamboo flooring, and "decidedly NO parking garages and driveways." It also has a meditation space, a home gym, and a 1,500 square foot entertainment area. It's hard to reconcile green design with a client so into overconsuming that she's actually a plastic toy. The reason the house is sitting in a featureless void in this picture is that it's not really going to be produced. (Not sure what the giraffe symbolizes.) This contest, says AIA, was entirely about inspiring girls to become architects. Very, very confused architects.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-08-04-barbie-dream-house-h...

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