Barbie's New Home is Pink and Green

For years, Barbie dolls have lived in pink, over-sized mansions with grand entrances and space for sports cars. Now they're green and come with a moped? Well, at least on the drawing boards. Thanks to an American Institute of Architects design competition, Barbie has a layout for a new, eco-friendly Dream House.

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HOST OPEN: For years, Barbie dolls have lived in pink, over-sized mansions with grand entrances and space for sports cars. Now they're green and come with a moped? Well, at least on the drawing boards. Thanks to an American Institute of Architects design competition, Barbie has a layout for a new, eco-friendly Dream House. The Allegheny Front's Ilana Yergin reports.

YERGIN: Winning designers Maja Paklar and Ting Li gave Barbie's home a new look including a solar panel roof and bamboo floors. They were required to make a sustainable design, but also give it some of that Barbie panache. Not forgetting Barbie's fashionista roots, Paklar and Li gave Barbie big closets. But they placed the closets so they could also serve as a light tube through the middle of the building. The idea for the competition came from the organization's work with Mattel on Architect Barbie. After the institute narrowed down the designs, people voted on the winner. Li thinks the competition achieved its goal of encouraging young girls to consider architecture as a career and to further green design.

LI: You can be sustainable, you can have great style and also have fun and I think that's what inspires people.

YERGIN: But kids and parents don't head to Toys"R"Us just yet. Mattel has no plans to actually produce the eco-friendly Dream House.

For The Allegheny Front, I'm Ilana Yergin.