Greening Barbie’s Dream House
Architect Barbie is building a new Dream House, and she needs help! Members of the American Institute of Architects can submit plans that fit Barbie's criteria, which include a house that "should reflect the best sustainable design principles."
But Barbie's idea of "sustainable design" needs a little tweaking. Girlfriend wants a huge closet for her "unlimited fashions and accessories" and a garage that accommodates at least three cars. And basically every room, she says, needs to be "large" or "spacious."
Barbie should know that sustainable design or green materials can't make up for the impact building a new, gigantic house will have. If she really wanted to show her fans what sustainable design looks like, she'd be willing to admit that a green dream house has fewer, smaller rooms and is located in a community where she can bike or hop on a bus to get where she's going, instead of racing around in a convertible — even a hybrid one.
Mattel Wants Barbie to Build Green Dream Home, Mother Jones.