Energy & Sustainability
Home dome: garbage to housing

Max explaining one of the component blocks of his dome (via)

PBS’ Design Squad has found a winner of their Trash To Treasure Challenge with Max Wallack and his Home Dome:

Twelve-year-old Max Wallack of Massachusetts won the Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure Competition, a contest that inspired kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions. Wallack’s creation is the “Home Dome,” a Mongolian yurt-shaped structure made of plastic bags filled with Styrofoam packing peanuts. The dome comes with a built-in bed that weighs the structure down. Wallack created the “Home Dome” as a temporary shelter for homeless people and disaster victims. It also serves to relieve landfill growth.

(Via Treehugger)

Check out the other finalists in Design Squad’s challenge here.

Here’s a story about one of Max’s previous inventions: a bubble-wrap-based carpal tunnel relief system. Wow!

Luke Iseman

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