Help Choose The Winning Architect Barbie Dream House

When I wrote about Architect Barbie I complained bitterly about her house, sort of cross between Karim Rashid and Charles Addams. The folks at the American Institute of Architects didn't think much of it either, and having a lot of time on their hands these days like most architects, they ran a competition to design a better green home for LEED Accredited Architect Barbie. They have created a short list of five and you can vote for your favourite.

Like a lot of LEED projects, they are long on green gizmos; a sampling is this list from the project shown below:

And like a lot of LEED projects, it misses the real meaning of sustainability, being a too-big monster home for a single woman, with three cars in the garage (although one is a plug-in hybrid). And really, she keeps giraffes as pets.

But, to her credit,

Barbie 
has
 a
 south 
facing
 vegetable 
garden 
and
several
 fruit 
trees.
She 
also 
has
 plenty 
of 
bicycle 
parking 
so
 her 
friends 
can 
visit
 and
 her
 home 
is
 next
 to
 
 bike
path
 that
 goes
 all
 the 
way 
to 
the
 beach!

My favourite is this one, with a living wall in the kitchen, an "H2Orchard" The designers claim that it:

blends sociability and sustainability that is as suitable for client meetings as it is for cocktail parties, embodying a "dream pink, live green" ideology.

vote for your favourite at the AIA Architect Barbie Dream House competition.
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Does Architect Barbie Do Green Design? Is She LEED Accredited?

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