Barbie's Dream Home goes green

| by Teena Hammond

Barbie's new dream home is eco-friendly fabulous with solar panels, Energy Star appliances, a green roof and low-flow fixtures. So it's a good thing that green goes well with Barbie pink.

The house was created as part of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) competition to design a Barbie Dream House. The competition was in conjunction with Mattel to introduce the new Architect Barbie to encourage young girls to consider a future in architecture, said Scott Frank, AIA spokesman.

The winning entry was designed by Ting Li, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, and Maja Paklar, Assoc.barbie dream homeAIA. Their energy-efficient design won the competition with its entertaining space and chef's open kitchen on the first floor, along with an office/library/meeting space. There is also a terrace on the second floor. The third and fourth floors are Barbie's private enclave, bedroom and inspiration room, respectively. The roof has a green house and a landscaped garden for her pets. The design elements include the aforementioned solar panels, low-flow fixtures and landscaped rooftop, as well as operable shading devices, bamboo flooring and locally sourced and manufactured materials and furnishings.

"The intent of the partnership with Mattel to promote the launch of Architect Barbie was to engage and inspire young girls to experience the world of architecture and the range of possibilities that design thinking offers," said AIA President, Clark Manus, FAIA, in a press release. "We are thrilled that this initiative was so well received by the public andbarbiecongratulations to the finalists and especially the winners of the design competition, Ms. Li and Ms. Paklar. Their submissions did an excellent job of showcasing the innovative approaches that architects reflect in the design of projects of all types."

The winning design will not be produced by Mattel, but the creators of the winning design have had a $1,000 donation made in their name to CHAD, a charter high school in Philadelphia focused on architecture and design.

For more information, see our Green Home Plans/Design research center.

Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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