Mike Chino

12-Year-Old Whiz Kid Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

by , 03/02/09

inhabitots, sustainable architecture, green design, recycled materials, homeless shelter

We’re big fans of Buckminster Fuller‘s legacy of uber-efficient domes here at Inhabitat, so imagine our excitement when we heard that 12-year old whiz kid Max Wallack recently developed a sturdy geodesic shelter made entirely from recycled materials. Composed from discarded plastic, wire, and packing peanuts, the easy-to-assemble homeless shelter is lightweight, insulating, and recently took first place in PBS Design Squad‘s Trash to Treasure competition.


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  1. angie717 March 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    What a smart kid! This a great idea, but it would be better if it was somehow collapsible and portable. That way they can be moved from place to place. This is a really great use of recycled materials, and it looks comfortable too.

  2. RangeRoverBabe March 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    This is fabulous! Can they be made portable? That is can they be folded in order for a person to carry it on their person? Could they be dispensed from a “newspaper” type machine…for FREE? Maybe the city would approve funds for them. This would be a God send for people who have no place to sleep once the sun goes down. We also need a place where the homeless can go to set up the T-Tent and not be bothered by police…maybe open it at 6 PM and close it 6 AM. This is a good jumping off point for some betterment for homeless people.

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