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Architect Barbie

blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

Barbie now has all the credentials to build her very own dream house. The new Architect Barbie was approved in 2010, and two Buffalo-based architects are to thank for authenticating the doll’s look.

According to Inhabitots.com, UB professors Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie “consulted for Mattel and made suggestions about Architect Barbie’s clothing and her accessories.”

But many of the area architects’ peers are upset by some of those accessory choices, namely Barbie’s high-heel boot (heels in a construction site are a no-no), the outdated drawing tube (it’s 2011, Barbie. Get an iPad, and get with the times, girl), and a cutesy knee-length dress (architecture is still largely a male-dominated profession, so throw on some pants to run with the boys. Also, protect your legs. What are you thinking?!).

Architect Barbie

Speaking of Barbie and architecture, the American Institute of Architects held a Barbie Dream House design competition earlier this month. “The winning design features entertaining space and chef’s open kitchen on the first floor, along with an office / library / meeting space,” according to an AIA press release. The design is also eco-friendly, featuring “solar panels, landscaped rooftop and irrigation system, operable shading devices, bamboo flooring, low flow toilet and sink fixtures, and locally sourced and manufactured materials and furnishings.”

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