Now that Barbie has taken on the profession of architecture, it’s about time for her dream house to receive a sustainable makeover. Thankfully, four out of the five finalists in AIA’s Architect Barbie Dream House Competition have very specific sustainable aspects incorporated into their design. While we are a bit confused as to why giraffes made it into two of the finalist homes, it’s fun to read the accompanying design statements for each home – one of which explains that “there’s more to Barbie than her love of fashion, and her home should reflect that complexity: fun and stylish, yet technologically sophisticated and environmentally conscious.”
Another design for Barbie’s new Malibu Home is not only a hip residence, but an educational tool that helps teach young Barbie fans about sustainable design by incorporating green materials and technologies throughout the house. Several of the proposals insisted that Barbie was not merely on architect, but also a LEED AP and would inevitably design her space to be sustainable. Go cast your vote for your favorite design before August 1st, and the winner will be announced on August 2nd!