The Green Dollhouse Project

Creating a doll's-eye view of a healthier world

| June 17, 2004

Making the entire world greener and its buildings more eco-friendly is a gargantuan task, but the Green Dollhouse Project offers a way to improve the health of our surroundings, step by small step. Inviting all design professionals and design students to send in their own eco-friendly dollhouse, the project offers 'national media and museum exposure ... and a chance to change the world, one dollhouse at a time.' The winning entries chosen by a jury with a 'keen eye for green and healthy sense of fun,' will be put on display at the Coyote Point Museum in San Mateo, CA (just south of San Francisco) and five other venues during a tour around the country.

The idea for the competition is simple: to 'inspire lots of people (big and little) to take steps to make their own homes a little healthier and easier on the environment.' Of course, the idea of socially and environmentally responsible architecture is daunting, especially as cookie-cutter suburban homes pop up all over the United States. The Green Dollhouse Project admits, 'Many people still think of green building -- if they think of it at all -- as a bewildering subject best left to the experts.' There is hope, however. 'Energy efficiency, water conservation, the use of nontoxic building materials and other sustainable practices are gradually making inroads into mainstream home building.'

The criteria for your dollhouse entry are surprisingly simple. First and foremost, it 'should delight children (and adults!) and hold up to active play. Creativeness, inventiveness, playfulness and functionality as a dollhouse are key features.' But remember the word green -- the central environmental theme here. 'Your completed dollhouse and accompanying design statement should teach children and adults about one or more aspects of green home building, and inspire them to do something now to make their own home a little greener.'

Possible building concepts could be: energy efficiency, water conservation, recycled materials, renewable energy generation, passive solar design, solar water heating or climate appropriate design.
-- Jacob Wheeler

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