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Published on February 26th, 2009 | by Jerry James Stone

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12-year-old Makes Homeless Shelter from Trash

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Well, this is a bit of fresh air, especially with tween news like Baby-Faced Boy Alfie Patten Is Dad At 13.

12-year-old Max Wallack stole the show at Design Squad’s Trash to Treasure contest with his “Home Dome.” The contest asked kids to repurpose trash into practical inventions.

I wonder if the Home Dome gets an honorable LEED Certification?

The dome provides shelter for the homeless and is made from plastic, wire, packing peanuts, and flargstin. Pretty much, trash.

The trash-plex looks like a Mongolian yurt, and let Max walk away with $10,000 and a Dell laptop. He also got a trip to Boston out of it. But Max had this to say, “I don’t really care about the money. I care about helping people.”

This isn’t his first big win. “When I was six,” Max said, “I won an invention contest that included a trip to Chicago. While there, I saw homeless people living on streets, and beneath highways and underpasses. I felt very sorry for these people, and ever since then, felt that my goal and obligation was to find a way to help them. My invention improves the living conditions for homeless people, refugees, or disaster victims by giving them easy-to-assemble shelter.”

Go Max! We all look forward to your future inventions.

Source and Photo:  thedesignblog.org

BLACK WORKERS FACED HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT, COMMISSION DECIDES

The Herald News – Joliet (IL) July 14, 1999 The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determined that 10 black employees who filed a discrimination suit against a Rockdale company in March were working in a hostile environment. The decision of the EEOC district director was based on alleged racially hostile and offensive graffiti at Apollo Colors, as well as racially derogatory comments, jokes and remarks; the presence of racially threatening symbols and racially motivated attacks on personal and company property. in our site hostile work environment

Company officials now have 14 days from the July 7 order to decide whether to settle the EEOC claim, said Bobbi Petrungaro, an attorney representing the 10 employees.

Apollo officials plan to talk to the EEOC about a settlement, said John Ott, the company’s human resources manager.

He didn’t know what a settlement would entail.

Ott also said the company’s position is that management had nothing to do with the alleged incidents.

The EEOC didn’t specifically name any supervisors or managers, Ott said.

He added that the company has been responsive to discrimination complaints, including conducting employee meetings, requiring diversity training for its supervisors and managers and even soliciting the help of Rockdale police and the FBI to help find the person or persons responsible. go to site hostile work environment

He said there have been no recent cases or complaints of discrimination at the plant, which employs about 200 people, including 170 non-managers.

“I don’t think we’re talking about a large number of people who would have been involved with this,” Ott added.

Rockdale Police Chief Richard Baum said company officials had called them out more than a dozen times to investigate.

Because of the pending lawsuit, he didn’t want to say what they found.

“But obviously, there was a reason for us to come back 12 times,” he said. He said it’s difficult to find whomever is involved because the division where the incidents are occurring has 170 people.

“And you can’t interview 170 people,” he said.

The only other recourse, he said, is a lie detector test.

Not only are the results of those tests inadmissible in court, Baum said, but he believes whomever is responsible wouldn’t cooperate anyway.

But Baum added company officials have done everything they can to prevent the incidents from recurring.

“But obviously there have been more,” he said, “and there probably will continue to be more.” Petrungaro said the federal lawsuit and the EEOC complaints still target the company as a whole.

She maintains supervisors and managers allowed the hostile work environment to exist.

Meanwhile, the federal discrimination suit was put on hold until Aug. 20 to see how the EEOC claim comes out, she added.

That lawsuit alleges that the company failed to erase the acronym “KKK” from highly visible areas or remove nooses that had been hung in conspicuous places in the Rockdale plant.

The lawsuit also accuses the company of discriminating against the 10 employees because of their race, by denying them transfers or raises. Petrungaro said the EEOC did not respond to that portion of the claim.

Petrungaro said one employee was added to the lawsuit since it was filed in March.

Of those employees, six still work for the company and three resigned.

One, who suffered from a medical condition and was repeatedly disciplined for missing work, was eventually fired, the lawsuit said.

Apollo Colors manufacturers organic pigments and flushed colors for the printing ink industry.




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  • Jason

    Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already and this thing would be better than sleeping on a doorstep.

  • Jason

    Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already and this thing would be better than sleeping on a doorstep.

  • nerdbot

    “Vitriol,” anon? I thought the post was wonderfully succinct and sarcastic. But then, I feel the ugly, wasteful, brain-dead architecture that dominates new home construction these days is deserving of “cruel and bitter criticism” (my dictionary’s definition of vitriol).

  • nerdbot

    “Vitriol,” anon? I thought the post was wonderfully succinct and sarcastic. But then, I feel the ugly, wasteful, brain-dead architecture that dominates new home construction these days is deserving of “cruel and bitter criticism” (my dictionary’s definition of vitriol).

  • boxermk

    Your points on designs are accurate. But I wonder if you really understand what Socialism really is, or is this question somehow passe, as we all sacrifice for the collective? Do you want people to not have any right to build a McMansion? Do you want smart people like you to decide how someone dumber and less green will build his house? Then what you are advocating is very much related to socialism and you shouldn’t be so sarcastic – if that’s really what you want.

  • boxermk

    Your points on designs are accurate. But I wonder if you really understand what Socialism really is, or is this question somehow passe, as we all sacrifice for the collective? Do you want people to not have any right to build a McMansion? Do you want smart people like you to decide how someone dumber and less green will build his house? Then what you are advocating is very much related to socialism and you shouldn’t be so sarcastic – if that’s really what you want.

  • tk

    Very cool but where is the link to his website for the plans?

  • tk

    Very cool but where is the link to his website for the plans?

  • Luka

    My name is Luka,
    I live on the second floor.

  • Luka

    My name is Luka,
    I live on the second floor.

  • http://www.visionsbyanna.org Anna

    pallets should be turned in or made into firewood and can be distributed to poor or homeless ppl to keep warm or cook. This idea can kill 2 birds with one stone-
    Companies can donate n write off and can get a tax break from the Gov for doing their share for the environment!

  • http://www.visionsbyanna.org Anna

    pallets should be turned in or made into firewood and can be distributed to poor or homeless ppl to keep warm or cook. This idea can kill 2 birds with one stone-
    Companies can donate n write off and can get a tax break from the Gov for doing their share for the environment!

  • bob oneill

    Lets see, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so wouldn’t orienting your house east-west allow for the most sunlight??….unless of course this house is being built on a different planet.

  • bob oneill

    Lets see, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so wouldn’t orienting your house east-west allow for the most sunlight??….unless of course this house is being built on a different planet.

  • ed

    Many tearsago I worked near an underpass village. One day at lunch I took a tour of the sight and noticed several structures made from pallets and news paper. A homless person recruted others to scour the areas for the materials and showed them how they could be put togeather. Alass the city came thru and demolished the buildings and the “city”

  • ed

    Many tearsago I worked near an underpass village. One day at lunch I took a tour of the sight and noticed several structures made from pallets and news paper. A homless person recruted others to scour the areas for the materials and showed them how they could be put togeather. Alass the city came thru and demolished the buildings and the “city”

  • http://none Jeff Bearce

    Wow look at all those plastic bottles bailed up and ready to be recycled. Wait lets build a house outta them instead.This seems like a very pointless idea when there are so many other non recyclebles in landfills that could be used insted.Is he just scared to touch real trash.

  • Haywood

    Where is the “how-to”? Sounds like a bitter, jealous person.

    If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, but don’t spout your useless drivel.

    Homebuilders are in the business of making money. If people wouldn’t buy the houses, they would stop making them.

  • Haywood

    Where is the “how-to”? Sounds like a bitter, jealous person.

    If you don’t like it, don’t buy it, but don’t spout your useless drivel.

    Homebuilders are in the business of making money. If people wouldn’t buy the houses, they would stop making them.

  • Haywood

    Did you write this as some sort of homework assignment? I really don’t see the point of this article, other to show how writing requirements seem to be slowly eroding.

  • Vinak

    why did my comment get posted here? I didn’t even click on this webpage.

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  • Haywood

    Did you write this as some sort of homework assignment? I really don’t see the point of this article, other to show how writing requirements seem to be slowly eroding.

  • Vinak

    why did my comment get posted here? I didn’t even click on this webpage.

  • Cat

    Great idea. I know a lot of families seeking help on craigslist. I am posting low cost housing available to them instead of a room or hotel in other states. This is a great idea. Oprah just had a show on people living in tents now. This story needs to be sent to the LA time and Sacremento Mayor asap.

    ‘Oprah’ tunes in to plight of Sacramento’s homeless

    Go to http://www.sacbee.com and let them know, they could build these asap….

  • Cat

    Great idea. I know a lot of families seeking help on craigslist. I am posting low cost housing available to them instead of a room or hotel in other states. This is a great idea. Oprah just had a show on people living in tents now. This story needs to be sent to the LA time and Sacremento Mayor asap.

    ‘Oprah’ tunes in to plight of Sacramento’s homeless

    Go to http://www.sacbee.com and let them know, they could build these asap….

  • DLNorton

    Thank you!! I want to link this to my LJ page. It needs to be heard further and wider. Thank god my house is small and easy to heat and cool down.

  • john raffone

    i have a very cheap way of building a 2-story home about 3,800
    sq ft. it will take about 30 days to move in. the normal cost
    is about $500k but i can build for about $175k and the home is all plastic.

  • DLNorton

    Thank you!! I want to link this to my LJ page. It needs to be heard further and wider. Thank god my house is small and easy to heat and cool down.

  • john raffone

    i have a very cheap way of building a 2-story home about 3,800
    sq ft. it will take about 30 days to move in. the normal cost
    is about $500k but i can build for about $175k and the home is all plastic.

  • anthony

    So using sunlight makes you a socialist. Wow your a moron… If people want to waste their money so be it.
    I do agree that many homes are not thought out. Throwing political influence into it shows how ignorant you are.
    Real men use adobe or compressed earth blocks. Real men know that true green building uses many effective ways of living naturaly. Real green building uses less cement products (which release CO2 gases). Real green building doesnt use much lumber, it can be done with materials that can be reused.
    I have a problem with these holier than thou people who say you cant have a big house and you cant do this or that. This is america if people choose to live in such homes so be it. Others can do as they please. SO many people want to hop on the band wagon and say “I care” when they really have no clue. There are many things that lead to cold and moldy homes. You have an agenda to make oil consumers look bad. Write something a little more informative and a little less political.

  • anthony

    So using sunlight makes you a socialist. Wow your a moron… If people want to waste their money so be it.
    I do agree that many homes are not thought out. Throwing political influence into it shows how ignorant you are.
    Real men use adobe or compressed earth blocks. Real men know that true green building uses many effective ways of living naturaly. Real green building uses less cement products (which release CO2 gases). Real green building doesnt use much lumber, it can be done with materials that can be reused.
    I have a problem with these holier than thou people who say you cant have a big house and you cant do this or that. This is america if people choose to live in such homes so be it. Others can do as they please. SO many people want to hop on the band wagon and say “I care” when they really have no clue. There are many things that lead to cold and moldy homes. You have an agenda to make oil consumers look bad. Write something a little more informative and a little less political.

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    That statistic about 2/3 of all pallets are only used once is incorrect. Pallets are expensive to produce. A good pallet can sell for 10 dollars each. Most companies do not give these away rather they hold on to them so that they can either reuse them (green) or sell them. That is why many companies lock their pallets up in fenced in areas. The reason for this is that many pallets were being stolen for their obvious value. I don’t know where he got his information from but in my part of the country that simply is not true.

    Although many of these ideas are well meaning and we need to think this way most are just not practical. Pallets usually contain many nails– which are usually rusty from sitting outside. I would not recomend trying to take apart pallets without proper tools or experience.

    Also, make sure you check with the business before taking any pallets. Most would call the police for theft without WRITTEN consent. In a tight economy business is going to try to recoup as much of their expenses as possible through reuse of a material or resale.

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    That statistic about 2/3 of all pallets are only used once is incorrect. Pallets are expensive to produce. A good pallet can sell for 10 dollars each. Most companies do not give these away rather they hold on to them so that they can either reuse them (green) or sell them. That is why many companies lock their pallets up in fenced in areas. The reason for this is that many pallets were being stolen for their obvious value. I don’t know where he got his information from but in my part of the country that simply is not true.

    Although many of these ideas are well meaning and we need to think this way most are just not practical. Pallets usually contain many nails– which are usually rusty from sitting outside. I would not recomend trying to take apart pallets without proper tools or experience.

    Also, make sure you check with the business before taking any pallets. Most would call the police for theft without WRITTEN consent. In a tight economy business is going to try to recoup as much of their expenses as possible through reuse of a material or resale.

  • Larry F. Estes

    This reader is publishing a book entitled: “Paper Mansions” … a how to book which guides children and teachers how to collect, plan and build their “dream home” out of kitchen trash and empty food packages of all types. The book is currentely under construction … I would love the opportunity to share the book when it goes to the publisher … How and who do I contact to explore that possibility? Larry Faye Estes

  • Larry F. Estes

    This reader is publishing a book entitled: “Paper Mansions” … a how to book which guides children and teachers how to collect, plan and build their “dream home” out of kitchen trash and empty food packages of all types. The book is currentely under construction … I would love the opportunity to share the book when it goes to the publisher … How and who do I contact to explore that possibility? Larry Faye Estes

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    Mcmansion dwellers are so selfish. We should be like Europe. I for one live in a luxerious 1 bedrom condo that is so green its like a jungle in here, lol. If we all lived in smaller places we could all save money and most of all we could travel the world and appreciate nature more. I hate those Mcmansions who would want to live in one, ugh. Thank goodness Obama is president and not Mcmansion McCain. Isn’t the White House a mansion? Oh well you win some/lose some. We are so close to socialism finally here! Some good carbon taxes, and they should raise real estate tax based on square footage and not value. That will help drive down the size of homes.

  • http://www.suntimes.com J Doey

    Mcmansion dwellers are so selfish. We should be like Europe. I for one live in a luxerious 1 bedrom condo that is so green its like a jungle in here, lol. If we all lived in smaller places we could all save money and most of all we could travel the world and appreciate nature more. I hate those Mcmansions who would want to live in one, ugh. Thank goodness Obama is president and not Mcmansion McCain. Isn’t the White House a mansion? Oh well you win some/lose some. We are so close to socialism finally here! Some good carbon taxes, and they should raise real estate tax based on square footage and not value. That will help drive down the size of homes.

  • Kristin

    You know, adding a bit of Satire to a piece brings out the best in situations. Get over it, it’s funny and informing.

  • Kristin

    You know, adding a bit of Satire to a piece brings out the best in situations. Get over it, it’s funny and informing.

  • jeni

    opps.. my post about ‘finding it all amusing’.. was supposed to be on the 10 most ironic LEED ceritfied buildings comments.. and I don’t know how to get it back there..

  • jeni

    opps.. my post about ‘finding it all amusing’.. was supposed to be on the 10 most ironic LEED ceritfied buildings comments.. and I don’t know how to get it back there..

  • Johnny

    yurt is the universal name, but is known as Ger. The makers, Mongols have been using Ger for centuries.

  • Johnny

    yurt is the universal name, but is known as Ger. The makers, Mongols have been using Ger for centuries.

  • CS

    How will this help deforestation unless the pallets are used again for what they were originally intended, therefore reducing the number of NEW pallets being made? Recycling them is great. But I dont understand how it will help our great forests simply by taking them from the truck headed for the dump and using them for something else. This will not change the number of pallets needed in the future. … just fyi

  • CS

    How will this help deforestation unless the pallets are used again for what they were originally intended, therefore reducing the number of NEW pallets being made? Recycling them is great. But I dont understand how it will help our great forests simply by taking them from the truck headed for the dump and using them for something else. This will not change the number of pallets needed in the future. … just fyi

  • trev

    I love the humor!

  • Russell

    Saw the article on thepallet houses. What is the guy website?

  • trev

    I love the humor!

  • Russell

    Saw the article on thepallet houses. What is the guy website?

  • http://www.hbpuppy.com Angela

    I will be using this info one day to make a nice little storage shed for our home, well my husband will at least. Probably one for his mom as well. We pickup pallets and shipping crates from the industrial buildings near where he works all the time to use for things. Some of them are absolutely beautiful pieces. We’ve made wagons, toy chests and planters out of them already.

  • http://www.hbpuppy.com Angela

    I will be using this info one day to make a nice little storage shed for our home, well my husband will at least. Probably one for his mom as well. We pickup pallets and shipping crates from the industrial buildings near where he works all the time to use for things. Some of them are absolutely beautiful pieces. We’ve made wagons, toy chests and planters out of them already.

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  • sparky poage

    Creative re-use of pallets. However, in my industry, shippers and businesses re use and repair pallets. Many shippers demand an equal exchange of pallets for the number of pallets of product delivered. When surplus pallets accrue, there are other businesses that bid to buy your surplus, and of course, there are thieves out there who will steal any stack of pallets they see. Good of you to advise people to ask permission before taking pallets!

  • sparky poage

    Creative re-use of pallets. However, in my industry, shippers and businesses re use and repair pallets. Many shippers demand an equal exchange of pallets for the number of pallets of product delivered. When surplus pallets accrue, there are other businesses that bid to buy your surplus, and of course, there are thieves out there who will steal any stack of pallets they see. Good of you to advise people to ask permission before taking pallets!

  • http://n/a Rusty

    Talk, Talk, Talk. If you are waiting on people’s good will and descensy to kick in, you’ll be left out in the cold.
    You want something to change? Focus on the cost. The majority of us would rather pay less then save the environment. (Now think about it before you say ‘Not me’).
    Those few of you who care more about the environment than spending less money out of pocket are as numerous as black voters who voted for John McCain. You are a very small minority. (No pun intended).
    NOW, how do you have your cake and eat it too? Make environmental friendly ‘stuff’ cheap.
    No one cares whether it’s wrong or right. We’re Americans. You want our attention, tell us how we can save money by doing it you way.

  • Laura

    Hilarious! Look at that lonely window off in the corner. What function does that serve?

    P.S. I sincerely love vitriol, don’t change a thing.

  • Laura

    Hilarious! Look at that lonely window off in the corner. What function does that serve?

    P.S. I sincerely love vitriol, don’t change a thing.

  • LDV

    I think people who put up huge mansions should be made to make them super energy efficient & install solar panels since they take up as much space that could house a number of families & use more energy.

    The only way renewable energy is going to be affordable for regular people is if the rich buy so much the price comes down. They can afford it – they’re rich. hmmm… maybe these CEOs making millions a year can cough up some solar panels & wind farms to help reduce our dependence on the Middle East. Time for a consumer cartel !!

  • Dan

    Why is this guy getting any credit for this desing? The Mexicans have been building this type of house in Mexico since shipping pallets were invented.

  • LDV

    I think people who put up huge mansions should be made to make them super energy efficient & install solar panels since they take up as much space that could house a number of families & use more energy.

    The only way renewable energy is going to be affordable for regular people is if the rich buy so much the price comes down. They can afford it – they’re rich. hmmm… maybe these CEOs making millions a year can cough up some solar panels & wind farms to help reduce our dependence on the Middle East. Time for a consumer cartel !!

  • Dan

    Why is this guy getting any credit for this desing? The Mexicans have been building this type of house in Mexico since shipping pallets were invented.

  • hahaha

    The first mistake was building more homes in the Great Lakes area. Anyone dumb enough to purchase one in that area must like being cold. They have no reason to complain if they buy it.

  • hahaha

    The first mistake was building more homes in the Great Lakes area. Anyone dumb enough to purchase one in that area must like being cold. They have no reason to complain if they buy it.

  • charles king

    Do you really think anyone other than a homeless person is going to make and live in one of these? When you get moved in, call me, I’d love to see how your making it.

  • charles king

    Do you really think anyone other than a homeless person is going to make and live in one of these? When you get moved in, call me, I’d love to see how your making it.

  • AJ Butler

    I’ve been reusing pallets for years, working in the trucking industry, but never thought of using pallets fot exterior projects., Great idea!

  • AJ Butler

    I’ve been reusing pallets for years, working in the trucking industry, but never thought of using pallets fot exterior projects., Great idea!

  • TOMASH

    I HAVE SEEN ROOM ADDITIONS 15 YRS. AGO THAT WERE PALLET CONSTRUCTION. UNFORTUNATLY THEY WERE NOT IN THE BEST PART OF TOWN. REMEMBER VERTICAL SLATS @ WALLS AND HORIZ. @ ROOF FOR A GOOD SHEATHING ATTACHMENT.

  • TOMASH

    I HAVE SEEN ROOM ADDITIONS 15 YRS. AGO THAT WERE PALLET CONSTRUCTION. UNFORTUNATLY THEY WERE NOT IN THE BEST PART OF TOWN. REMEMBER VERTICAL SLATS @ WALLS AND HORIZ. @ ROOF FOR A GOOD SHEATHING ATTACHMENT.

  • Criton

    Only an idiot would live in a house made of toxic chemically treated pallets.

  • Criton

    Only an idiot would live in a house made of toxic chemically treated pallets.

  • http://TinyPalletHouse David Yell

    Could you tell me where I could get a copy of these plans? I am not able to print from this website.
    I love the plans and would love to build one.

  • Kevin

    Susan,

    There are definitely some easy things that can be done, but the majority of people don’t want to live in neighborhoods that completely disregard setbacks and the required street orientation of production homes. It will take a completely novel subdivision or neighborhood to give your movement any momentum. You’ve got to heat AND cool a home, so here in Arizona, a lack of big windows and hiding from the sun are a good thing.

    Chances are the home is well insulated, since the snow on the roof inboard of the eves hasn’t melted.

    My main point is that you’re not going to see energy efficiency or grand new ideas from traditional production homes.

    I have to agree with the person above (below?) — your vitriol makes us think that the energy efficiency is not your main problem with this home.

  • Kevin

    Susan,

    There are definitely some easy things that can be done, but the majority of people don’t want to live in neighborhoods that completely disregard setbacks and the required street orientation of production homes. It will take a completely novel subdivision or neighborhood to give your movement any momentum. You’ve got to heat AND cool a home, so here in Arizona, a lack of big windows and hiding from the sun are a good thing.

    Chances are the home is well insulated, since the snow on the roof inboard of the eves hasn’t melted.

    My main point is that you’re not going to see energy efficiency or grand new ideas from traditional production homes.

    I have to agree with the person above (below?) — your vitriol makes us think that the energy efficiency is not your main problem with this home.

  • Sheryl

    Awesome – I printed this down for future reference. In todays world it pays to be prepared. You should send this to Oprah for those people in tent cities. Some of them have been there for more than a year and I understand the mayor is looking to make that legal and give them some help to make it more permanent.

  • Sheryl

    Awesome – I printed this down for future reference. In todays world it pays to be prepared. You should send this to Oprah for those people in tent cities. Some of them have been there for more than a year and I understand the mayor is looking to make that legal and give them some help to make it more permanent.

  • B

    One has only to drive through the countryside, looking at old farmhouses. There is a reason the evergreen trees are usually planted on the north side of the house, with one or more large deciduous trees on the south (to provide shade in the summer, and let the sun through in the winter). Architects seemingly fail to consider the impact of the elements in design. I see more and more houses with one or no windows on the south side. I suppose that is so that the AC does not have to run all summer. Why not simply leave some of the nice trees and use them for the purposes our ancestors knew about and did not need an architect!

  • B

    One has only to drive through the countryside, looking at old farmhouses. There is a reason the evergreen trees are usually planted on the north side of the house, with one or more large deciduous trees on the south (to provide shade in the summer, and let the sun through in the winter). Architects seemingly fail to consider the impact of the elements in design. I see more and more houses with one or no windows on the south side. I suppose that is so that the AC does not have to run all summer. Why not simply leave some of the nice trees and use them for the purposes our ancestors knew about and did not need an architect!

  • Connie T.

    That ‘anon’ poster that said lose the vitriol obviously has no sense of humor or courage for that matter since they didn’t include their name with their comment. I thought it was funny! Keep up the vitriol!

  • Connie T.

    That ‘anon’ poster that said lose the vitriol obviously has no sense of humor or courage for that matter since they didn’t include their name with their comment. I thought it was funny! Keep up the vitriol!

  • http://www.homespunhealers.com Rita

    What a fantastic idea! With the cost of food going up, and the need to become more self sufficient in every way, I can see how this would be a great and inexpensive idea for building a chicken coop to raise your own food.

    Rita

  • http://www.homespunhealers.com Rita

    What a fantastic idea! With the cost of food going up, and the need to become more self sufficient in every way, I can see how this would be a great and inexpensive idea for building a chicken coop to raise your own food.

    Rita

  • valls

    I didn’t think this was vitriolic at all! Quite mild, in fact. Great humor, keep it up!

  • Lauren

    Freakin Hilaaarious. love your truth-bearing sarcasm…

    I live up the hill from an ex-apple-farm turned McMansion-ville and had the honor of witnessing how these puppies are built… that is to say AFTER they rape, pillage & destroy the hundreds of acres of “natural” land that they plop these bad-boys on.

    Wow is the only word I can think of for the price tag attached to such poorly constructed & intuitive-less built homes.

    What rhymes with McMansion? unconscious

    great post!

  • valls

    I didn’t think this was vitriolic at all! Quite mild, in fact. Great humor, keep it up!

  • Lauren

    Freakin Hilaaarious. love your truth-bearing sarcasm…

    I live up the hill from an ex-apple-farm turned McMansion-ville and had the honor of witnessing how these puppies are built… that is to say AFTER they rape, pillage & destroy the hundreds of acres of “natural” land that they plop these bad-boys on.

    Wow is the only word I can think of for the price tag attached to such poorly constructed & intuitive-less built homes.

    What rhymes with McMansion? unconscious

    great post!

  • Dan

    I have an idea; one could build a house out of discarded Garage Doors….

  • Dan

    I have an idea; one could build a house out of discarded Garage Doors….

  • Dan

    Why is this guy getting any credit for this desing. The Mexicans have been building this type of house in Mexico since shipping pallets were invented.

    I have an idea; one could build a house out of discarded Garage Doors…

  • Dan

    Why is this guy getting any credit for this desing. The Mexicans have been building this type of house in Mexico since shipping pallets were invented.

    I have an idea; one could build a house out of discarded Garage Doors…

  • lee

    alot of companies get money back on those pallets, so make sure before hauling them away.

  • lee

    alot of companies get money back on those pallets, so make sure before hauling them away.

  • Susan

    I would have loved a yurt but when I looked into them after I lost my home in hurricane Ivan on Pensacola Beach a yurt is considered a temporary shelter just as a tent is and therefore I could not build a yurt. Same thing happened again after hurricane Katrina and I lost my home in Long Beach, MS. I could not build a yurt on the land. So unless you live in BFE you can’t build a yurt. I love them and have build one for each of my 3 children, my sister and myself; such a shame. If you have land and there are no such codes you should definitely have a yurt.

  • Susan

    I would have loved a yurt but when I looked into them after I lost my home in hurricane Ivan on Pensacola Beach a yurt is considered a temporary shelter just as a tent is and therefore I could not build a yurt. Same thing happened again after hurricane Katrina and I lost my home in Long Beach, MS. I could not build a yurt on the land. So unless you live in BFE you can’t build a yurt. I love them and have build one for each of my 3 children, my sister and myself; such a shame. If you have land and there are no such codes you should definitely have a yurt.

  • http://idk ashleigh

    i think this is logical and observical

  • ellie-may connell

    2 say its nce n doesnt he a hme ths well sad if he doesnt

  • ellie-may connell

    2 say its nce n doesnt he a hme ths well sad if he doesnt

  • Shely

    My husband has been collecting the LONG pallets for a few months now.The company next door to my work gets siding in on them.They are in VERY good shape.My boss laughed at my husband when he was out there throwing them over the fence.The company said he could take all he wanted.When my boss found out he had tore them apart and built him a lil shop out of them he to started goin and taken the pallets. Wish more people would put their brains to work and do the same thing.Would save the landfills and the pocket books..
    We even have enough to build the rafters for our house.:-) YEA!

  • Shely

    My husband has been collecting the LONG pallets for a few months now.The company next door to my work gets siding in on them.They are in VERY good shape.My boss laughed at my husband when he was out there throwing them over the fence.The company said he could take all he wanted.When my boss found out he had tore them apart and built him a lil shop out of them he to started goin and taken the pallets. Wish more people would put their brains to work and do the same thing.Would save the landfills and the pocket books..
    We even have enough to build the rafters for our house.:-) YEA!

  • johnson

    Love it

  • johnson

    Love it

  • Uncle B

    The American Dream as we know it dies with the dwindling cheap oil in Saudi Arabia, where it was born, and mind bending sociological paradigm shifts creep over America and warp it into the twenty-first century, like an unwilling child, forced to finally grow up! The environmental issues we will face, when trying to survive without cheap oil will make us weep for our present foolishness, as we will be forced to eat tainted food, drink poisoned water, till salted fields, and shit in bags to get enough topsoil from humanure to plant a veggie garden beside our shanties to make up for the beautiful land we paved over.There are no free rides, and this generation and generations to come will pay for past sins. We have over-reached Mother natures tolerance using cheap oil and we are in for a comeuppance of enormous proportions – we will get our asses kicked hard and soon!

  • Uncle B

    The American Dream as we know it dies with the dwindling cheap oil in Saudi Arabia, where it was born, and mind bending sociological paradigm shifts creep over America and warp it into the twenty-first century, like an unwilling child, forced to finally grow up! The environmental issues we will face, when trying to survive without cheap oil will make us weep for our present foolishness, as we will be forced to eat tainted food, drink poisoned water, till salted fields, and shit in bags to get enough topsoil from humanure to plant a veggie garden beside our shanties to make up for the beautiful land we paved over.There are no free rides, and this generation and generations to come will pay for past sins. We have over-reached Mother natures tolerance using cheap oil and we are in for a comeuppance of enormous proportions – we will get our asses kicked hard and soon!

  • Kirk Morgan

    Have to agree with the fire hazard comment though – need an organizational way to prevent that from happening and make sure people understand risks. Tents burn all the time but they are still sold. Why should this be any different? No shame needed.

  • Kirk Morgan

    Have to agree with the fire hazard comment though – need an organizational way to prevent that from happening and make sure people understand risks. Tents burn all the time but they are still sold. Why should this be any different? No shame needed.

  • http://springfieldvictorymission.com Judy Boehm

    My hat is off to you Max! I work for a mission for the homeless and at least you care enough about this growing number of people in the US. Fortunately I am not on the street, but I did have a son that died on the streets of Portland and it would have been so wonderful to know that he had one of your “homes” to live under rather than out on the street in the rain, snow, sleet and mud. I thank you from the botoom of my heart that at your young age that you would be so brave and thoughtful to think of others. You are an outstanding young man!

  • http://springfieldvictorymission.com Judy Boehm

    My hat is off to you Max! I work for a mission for the homeless and at least you care enough about this growing number of people in the US. Fortunately I am not on the street, but I did have a son that died on the streets of Portland and it would have been so wonderful to know that he had one of your “homes” to live under rather than out on the street in the rain, snow, sleet and mud. I thank you from the botoom of my heart that at your young age that you would be so brave and thoughtful to think of others. You are an outstanding young man!

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  • http://www.youfail.org Pilgrim

    Are you seriously whining about how this house was built?

    Don’t you have more important things to tackle, like say maybe going on a diet?

    ManBearPig alert!!!!!

    On a side note, I would have posted more politely but your little article reeks of snobbery so blah.

  • http://www.youfail.org Pilgrim

    Are you seriously whining about how this house was built?

    Don’t you have more important things to tackle, like say maybe going on a diet?

    ManBearPig alert!!!!!

    On a side note, I would have posted more politely but your little article reeks of snobbery so blah.

  • David Handy

    Joe Smith why don’t you worry about your own weight. Ignorant jerk…

  • David Handy

    Joe Smith why don’t you worry about your own weight. Ignorant jerk…

  • Cecilia Sides

    I think this young man is so very smart and creative. He also has compassion. I read a critism that it was dangerous. Well maybe the one who wrote that comment could work with this young man instead of being negative and help find an alternative. Has the reader who critized Max created something better? I doubt it. You are one in a million Max.

  • Cecilia Sides

    I think this young man is so very smart and creative. He also has compassion. I read a critism that it was dangerous. Well maybe the one who wrote that comment could work with this young man instead of being negative and help find an alternative. Has the reader who critized Max created something better? I doubt it. You are one in a million Max.

  • Patrick

    Kameron C Cayce II , don’t be IGNORANT! Have you actually been to “much of the world”? Try going somewhere like India. I’ve been there. You will see people living in much more “dangerous” living conditions than these, which are still much better than being homeless. There are a lot of people in places like India, living in shelters that would never compare to our stupid Western housing codes.

    Have you ever been homeless?
    Perhaps if you were to actually be forced to live in the conditions that homeless people live in, you might have a different perspective on them being allowed to have a home.

    Those codes that are there to “protect” people do more harm than good, causing people who would otherwise have a place to live, to be stuck out in the cold, or, if they do have a low income job, forces them to spend almost all their money on rent, leaving them with inadequate income to pay for food, electricity and any other basic needs.

    Not everyone who are homeless are that way because they “are lazy” or because they “do drugs” or “abuse alcohol.”

    For a lot of homeless people, the “chance” of their home catching fire and them burning to death is a reasonable risk, considering that the alternative is freezing to death. By the way, you would have the same type circumstances if you were in a tent and it caught fire. Does that mean we should outlaw tents?
    Do you have any idea what would happen if your house caught fire? Yes, your house, no matter how “up to code” it is, is still very vulnerable to fire. And let me tell you (from experiance) when your house catches fire, it gets extremely hot. The fiberglass that insulates your walls will actually melt, causing TOXIC fumes much more deadly than melting plastics.
    Not to mention the plastics that are in most carpets and any number of houshold items. The fact of the matter is that any home is vulnerable to fire and it is devastating no matter what your home is made of.

    SHAME ON YOU for opening your mouth and spouting your ignorant opinion! I’d rather listen to you flatulate.

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  • Patrick

    Kameron C Cayce II , don’t be IGNORANT! Have you actually been to “much of the world”? Try going somewhere like India. I’ve been there. You will see people living in much more “dangerous” living conditions than these, which are still much better than being homeless. There are a lot of people in places like India, living in shelters that would never compare to our stupid Western housing codes.

    Have you ever been homeless?
    Perhaps if you were to actually be forced to live in the conditions that homeless people live in, you might have a different perspective on them being allowed to have a home.

    Those codes that are there to “protect” people do more harm than good, causing people who would otherwise have a place to live, to be stuck out in the cold, or, if they do have a low income job, forces them to spend almost all their money on rent, leaving them with inadequate income to pay for food, electricity and any other basic needs.

    Not everyone who are homeless are that way because they “are lazy” or because they “do drugs” or “abuse alcohol.”

    For a lot of homeless people, the “chance” of their home catching fire and them burning to death is a reasonable risk, considering that the alternative is freezing to death. By the way, you would have the same type circumstances if you were in a tent and it caught fire. Does that mean we should outlaw tents?
    Do you have any idea what would happen if your house caught fire? Yes, your house, no matter how “up to code” it is, is still very vulnerable to fire. And let me tell you (from experiance) when your house catches fire, it gets extremely hot. The fiberglass that insulates your walls will actually melt, causing TOXIC fumes much more deadly than melting plastics.
    Not to mention the plastics that are in most carpets and any number of houshold items. The fact of the matter is that any home is vulnerable to fire and it is devastating no matter what your home is made of.

    SHAME ON YOU for opening your mouth and spouting your ignorant opinion! I’d rather listen to you flatulate.

  • Glenn Walters

    I live on my Navajo Indian Reservation. In my grandparents days, they lived in a Yurts type building of logs and sand packing to make it weather proof. I have always wanted to make a yurts type dwelling to as a nostalgic reminder.

    Thanks

  • Glenn Walters

    I live on my Navajo Indian Reservation. In my grandparents days, they lived in a Yurts type building of logs and sand packing to make it weather proof. I have always wanted to make a yurts type dwelling to as a nostalgic reminder.

    Thanks

  • Anays Acosta

    AND joe when have you done something

  • Anays Acosta

    AND joe when have you done something

  • Doug

    When I built my current house (10 years ago) I had it designed and situated to take advantage of the sun and shade to my best benefit. Sun on the south side in the morning lights up the kitchen and dining area as well as both upstairs bathrooms. French doors open to the patio where the sun shines in the morning. In the late afternoon, the back yard patio is shaded and cooler than the front of the house.

    When I was laying out the house design and choosing the lot for the right orientation, my realtor said it was the first time she had ever seen anyone plan out a house like this. To me, it just seemed like common sense.

  • Doug

    When I built my current house (10 years ago) I had it designed and situated to take advantage of the sun and shade to my best benefit. Sun on the south side in the morning lights up the kitchen and dining area as well as both upstairs bathrooms. French doors open to the patio where the sun shines in the morning. In the late afternoon, the back yard patio is shaded and cooler than the front of the house.

    When I was laying out the house design and choosing the lot for the right orientation, my realtor said it was the first time she had ever seen anyone plan out a house like this. To me, it just seemed like common sense.

  • Francois Mitterand

    You call that journalism? You can’t write to save your life! I hope they didn’t pay you for that crap!

  • http://breenbuildingelements c quinn

    I worked for the national park service (matience dept) I personally saw tons and tons of packing peanuts disgarded from shipping docks. I also was privy to styrafoam boxes that large salmon were shipped in to local resturants. I salvaged salmon boxes and built walls for my 10’x10′ tool shed I covered the boxes with lathers mesh and then with a coat of stucco. fifteen years later and the walls still stand strong.

  • Francois Mitterand

    You call that journalism? You can’t write to save your life! I hope they didn’t pay you for that crap!

  • Brittany

    Oh shutup Kameron…ppl like u are the ones bringing this world to hell

  • Brittany

    Oh shutup Kameron…ppl like u are the ones bringing this world to hell

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  • http://blah.net anonymous

    um…. huh? wtf is this, some kind of sarcastic watse of webspace?

  • http://blah.net anonymous

    um…. huh? wtf is this, some kind of sarcastic watse of webspace?

  • LK Taylor

    I thought your article was entertaining since I’m an ecofreak from the 70’s(that’s without the hatred.) That was until I read your comment about socialism. Ecofreaks understand living off the earth especially when it’s free, but socialism is characterized by taking something away from someone who worked hard and possibly sacrificed and giving it away to someone who’d rather someone else do the work.

  • LK Taylor

    I thought your article was entertaining since I’m an ecofreak from the 70’s(that’s without the hatred.) That was until I read your comment about socialism. Ecofreaks understand living off the earth especially when it’s free, but socialism is characterized by taking something away from someone who worked hard and possibly sacrificed and giving it away to someone who’d rather someone else do the work.

  • http://blah.net anonymous

    huh? wtf is this? some kind of sarcastic waste of webspace?

  • http://blah.net anonymous

    huh? wtf is this? some kind of sarcastic waste of webspace?

  • rosalie

    Shame on you Joe Smith. If you cannot say anything uplifting of helpful you should just keep quiet.
    As for all of the other negative naysayers–Hey this kid rocks. At least he is thinking about the homeless that so many people pretend not to see!!!!
    As for his trash looking too new??? If I were entering a project into a contest, I would probably want it to look cleaner and not smelling of garbage. It was just a prototype like ALL great inventions start with and is not like it is going into mass production. Max has a great heart and a great idea. Maybe the materials he used are flamable, so, he can go from there with other materials. I can see him developing a recycled, collapsible (for the politicians) useful shelter for the homeless. Remember all you naysayers that we are ALL just one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves in this economy. Max may just save one of our lives with a shelter from trash!!!
    Max- keep believing that you can make a difference because YOU CAN.

  • rosalie

    Shame on you Joe Smith. If you cannot say anything uplifting of helpful you should just keep quiet.
    As for all of the other negative naysayers–Hey this kid rocks. At least he is thinking about the homeless that so many people pretend not to see!!!!
    As for his trash looking too new??? If I were entering a project into a contest, I would probably want it to look cleaner and not smelling of garbage. It was just a prototype like ALL great inventions start with and is not like it is going into mass production. Max has a great heart and a great idea. Maybe the materials he used are flamable, so, he can go from there with other materials. I can see him developing a recycled, collapsible (for the politicians) useful shelter for the homeless. Remember all you naysayers that we are ALL just one paycheck away from being homeless ourselves in this economy. Max may just save one of our lives with a shelter from trash!!!
    Max- keep believing that you can make a difference because YOU CAN.

  • Teri

    Kameron C: Don’t you think that before it would go into production those issues would be addressed. Flame resistant? I’m sure there is a way.

    How big of a needle to you carry around to burst peoples success bubbles?

  • Teri

    Kameron C: Don’t you think that before it would go into production those issues would be addressed. Flame resistant? I’m sure there is a way.

    How big of a needle to you carry around to burst peoples success bubbles?

  • Brenda S.

    I agree that far too many builders don’t consider the benefits of designing to take advantage of passive solar.
    However, it’d be generally foolish to tear down all the bad examples (my affordable home included). It would be more useful to recommend ways (in a range of prices) homeowners may ameliorate this flaw. Also consider how to create incentives to build with passive solar in mind.
    Personally, I’m considering awnings or other temporary shading for the west side of my house during the all-too-brief Puget Sound summers.

  • Brenda S.

    I agree that far too many builders don’t consider the benefits of designing to take advantage of passive solar.
    However, it’d be generally foolish to tear down all the bad examples (my affordable home included). It would be more useful to recommend ways (in a range of prices) homeowners may ameliorate this flaw. Also consider how to create incentives to build with passive solar in mind.
    Personally, I’m considering awnings or other temporary shading for the west side of my house during the all-too-brief Puget Sound summers.

  • http://yahoo Marilyn

    Kameron~I can tell by your thinking- that you could care less about Anyone!! seems to me- like you are a Little spoiled!! also sounds like you have Never slept out in the cold!!! I am also SURE- you were never in the Military!!! I doubt that you would pass the physical!! sorry Bud~you lost my vote!! I think the Little guy who came up with this plan is Remarkable!!! not only does he show~Intelligence- but he shows Humanity!! TOOO bad there are not more people in our country~with the Compassion- this 12 yr old has!!! IT would be a far better America!!! Have a nice day!!

  • P.Madhu

    Hi,
    I like the layout of this site,it has alot of good info.
    I am interested in solar shingles(PV) and a small wind turbine.

    I live in an attached house in New York about 10miles east of Manhattan.

    I am looking to generate close to 50% or more of my monthly electric use.
    Most of the light bulbs were switched to CFL’s,2 of our tube tv’s were replace with newer LCD HDTV’s.

    Thank you

  • P.Madhu

    Hi,
    I like the layout of this site,it has alot of good info.
    I am interested in solar shingles(PV) and a small wind turbine.

    I live in an attached house in New York about 10miles east of Manhattan.

    I am looking to generate close to 50% or more of my monthly electric use.
    Most of the light bulbs were switched to CFL’s,2 of our tube tv’s were replace with newer LCD HDTV’s.

    Thank you

  • sue trusty

    I commend you on your ability to recycle! My 3 bdrm, 2 bath home is constructed largely from recycled materials, so it CAN be done if you are willing to think GREEN instead of easy. Kudos!

  • sue trusty

    I commend you on your ability to recycle! My 3 bdrm, 2 bath home is constructed largely from recycled materials, so it CAN be done if you are willing to think GREEN instead of easy. Kudos!

  • no_name

    Hey there, Kameron?

    I hope you wind up homeless or displaced and someone offers you a shelter like this that’s a little too flammable for your taste. Then we can see how you feel about the relative merits of a fire hazard vs. freezing to death.

    In fact, scratch that. I actually hope you get homeless or displaced and nobody offers you anything at all, just like you seem to want.

    You could have said “maybe it could be made with slightly less fire-prone materials, but otherwise a good idea,” or even “hey, maybe people would just have to understand that they’d have to be really careful not to smoke in the damn thing, but that’s a pretty small price to pay for not being found frozen solid.”

    But no. It could start a big nasty FIRE, so without offering any alternative, you heap SHAME on others. Pretty easy to say, while you’re comfortable in your home or office. You make me sick.

  • no_name

    Hey there, Kameron?

    I hope you wind up homeless or displaced and someone offers you a shelter like this that’s a little too flammable for your taste. Then we can see how you feel about the relative merits of a fire hazard vs. freezing to death.

    In fact, scratch that. I actually hope you get homeless or displaced and nobody offers you anything at all, just like you seem to want.

    You could have said “maybe it could be made with slightly less fire-prone materials, but otherwise a good idea,” or even “hey, maybe people would just have to understand that they’d have to be really careful not to smoke in the damn thing, but that’s a pretty small price to pay for not being found frozen solid.”

    But no. It could start a big nasty FIRE, so without offering any alternative, you heap SHAME on others. Pretty easy to say, while you’re comfortable in your home or office. You make me sick.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Cheesestick

    That is so totally WICKED man! I was like so totally blown away at the message! It was like so touching like for sure! Awesome!

  • http://www.yahoo.com Cheesestick

    That is so totally WICKED man! I was like so totally blown away at the message! It was like so touching like for sure! Awesome!

  • ginger lee

    In response to: Kameron C Cayce II said “This is incredibly dangerous. It goes against every building and fire code there is here in the United States and much of the world. … anyone in the vicinity that inhaled them.
    SHAME on this group awarding this kind of tremendous hazard being created.”

    IF you will consider the structures are being suggested for homeless people…who traditionally fail to observe even the simplest of safety regulations…eating old food, drinking and smoking what they can find, not maintaining proper hygiene and medical care. These people often are responsible for deaths and property damage because they “move into” facilities that are not legally theirs. They destroy them and show little signs of being concerned about others.
    This attempt by a child to find some way to help them is not to be belittled by you and your comments. He had an idea and submitted it. This company now has the chance to “adapt/modify” his creation to make it safer and more acceptable to society.
    Rewarding this child for his efforts and ingenuity is appropriate. We must teach our children to look to create and build things which will benefit mankind. If the incentive to attempt new experiments, try different things or research other ideas is inappropriate, I suggest you consider the “incentives” many medical research groups receive before you shake your finger at this group.
    It never fails someone always tries to ruin a winner’s glory out of jealousy and spitefulness for their own shortcomings.

  • ginger lee

    In response to: Kameron C Cayce II said “This is incredibly dangerous. It goes against every building and fire code there is here in the United States and much of the world. … anyone in the vicinity that inhaled them.
    SHAME on this group awarding this kind of tremendous hazard being created.”

    IF you will consider the structures are being suggested for homeless people…who traditionally fail to observe even the simplest of safety regulations…eating old food, drinking and smoking what they can find, not maintaining proper hygiene and medical care. These people often are responsible for deaths and property damage because they “move into” facilities that are not legally theirs. They destroy them and show little signs of being concerned about others.
    This attempt by a child to find some way to help them is not to be belittled by you and your comments. He had an idea and submitted it. This company now has the chance to “adapt/modify” his creation to make it safer and more acceptable to society.
    Rewarding this child for his efforts and ingenuity is appropriate. We must teach our children to look to create and build things which will benefit mankind. If the incentive to attempt new experiments, try different things or research other ideas is inappropriate, I suggest you consider the “incentives” many medical research groups receive before you shake your finger at this group.
    It never fails someone always tries to ruin a winner’s glory out of jealousy and spitefulness for their own shortcomings.

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  • Kenneth

    cool idea makes ya think where are we going?

  • Kenneth

    cool idea makes ya think where are we going?

  • Mare

    Uh, yeah…a firehazard…who cares if it’s a firehazard…he only made one and it was for a PROJECT…it went to show that he was using his 12 year old brain. Fire codes? Give me a break already! Give the kid some kudos…most kids are running amock…like for instance…joe’s kid…who probably hates him for the negative remark he made about the kid in the first place. Joe…shut up. Kameron…get off your high horse…no wonder our kids can’t get ready to leave the home…there is no validation of feelings…you guys are just jealous you didn’t think of it first.

  • Mare

    Uh, yeah…a firehazard…who cares if it’s a firehazard…he only made one and it was for a PROJECT…it went to show that he was using his 12 year old brain. Fire codes? Give me a break already! Give the kid some kudos…most kids are running amock…like for instance…joe’s kid…who probably hates him for the negative remark he made about the kid in the first place. Joe…shut up. Kameron…get off your high horse…no wonder our kids can’t get ready to leave the home…there is no validation of feelings…you guys are just jealous you didn’t think of it first.

  • Mitchell

    People just don’t value the services of a qualified, or at the very least thoughtful, Architect or home designer. They are more concerned with overabundance of space and a prestigious address. I will say in defense of this particular project, from the looks of the remaining snow on the roof and the various shadows, that it is somewhat likely that the front elevation of the house is actually more northerly facing. In which case, there may be a a multitude of windows on the opposite side. And, they did use some exterior materials with some higher heat-gain properties than say vinyl. As far as being moldy, proper construction and ventilation is the best defense against mold.
    Mitchell – Grand Rapids, MI

  • Mitchell

    People just don’t value the services of a qualified, or at the very least thoughtful, Architect or home designer. They are more concerned with overabundance of space and a prestigious address. I will say in defense of this particular project, from the looks of the remaining snow on the roof and the various shadows, that it is somewhat likely that the front elevation of the house is actually more northerly facing. In which case, there may be a a multitude of windows on the opposite side. And, they did use some exterior materials with some higher heat-gain properties than say vinyl. As far as being moldy, proper construction and ventilation is the best defense against mold.
    Mitchell – Grand Rapids, MI

  • someone

    who cares if this is a liquid fire hazard or a homeless crackhouse! This kid is 12! I wish my mind was open to ideas like that when i was 12! Plus he was not judged on how hazardous his idea was but on his creativity and he killed it!!! Go Max!!

  • someone

    who cares if this is a liquid fire hazard or a homeless crackhouse! This kid is 12! I wish my mind was open to ideas like that when i was 12! Plus he was not judged on how hazardous his idea was but on his creativity and he killed it!!! Go Max!!

  • michelle

    I think the kid has an incredible imagination abd instead of finding fault and criticizing , you should be celebrating that he’s willing to go out on a limb and try instead of sitting home playing video games. sure it’s got its’ impracticabilites but the first rocket didn’t get to the moon, and einstein wasn’t considered a genius with his first thought.
    GIVE THE KID A BREAK….TRY SOMETHING YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE HEAT YOU’RE THROWING AT HIM

  • michelle

    I think the kid has an incredible imagination abd instead of finding fault and criticizing , you should be celebrating that he’s willing to go out on a limb and try instead of sitting home playing video games. sure it’s got its’ impracticabilites but the first rocket didn’t get to the moon, and einstein wasn’t considered a genius with his first thought.
    GIVE THE KID A BREAK….TRY SOMETHING YOURSELF AND SEE IF YOU CAN HANDLE THE HEAT YOU’RE THROWING AT HIM

  • TJ Dowling

    This green movement is so much BS. I cant believe intelligent people follow idiots like the GREENHOUSE GURUS. This is just another scam to make trillions of dollars off of this scam/scare tactic. Remember the mold scam? Remember the asbestos scam??? Remember the lead paint scare? Remember the mercury scare?? Lawyers made millions on these scams!!!!!Please people, use your common sense. Don’t just follow these pied piper scam artists into the ocean….

  • Chris Bogardus

    An Idea:

    Fill aluminum studs, that much despised building material, with melted recycled plastic. The stud gains strength, will hold screws,

    What’s not to like?

    Another FREE idea, from me!~

  • TJ Dowling

    This green movement is so much BS. I cant believe intelligent people follow idiots like the GREENHOUSE GURUS. This is just another scam to make trillions of dollars off of this scam/scare tactic. Remember the mold scam? Remember the asbestos scam??? Remember the lead paint scare? Remember the mercury scare?? Lawyers made millions on these scams!!!!!Please people, use your common sense. Don’t just follow these pied piper scam artists into the ocean….

  • Chris Bogardus

    An Idea:

    Fill aluminum studs, that much despised building material, with melted recycled plastic. The stud gains strength, will hold screws,

    What’s not to like?

    Another FREE idea, from me!~

  • Ernest

    Kameron, There is fire hazard every where you go. Is your home 100% fire free? I bet not so back off and quit being so negative in your lie!

  • Ernest

    Kameron, There is fire hazard every where you go. Is your home 100% fire free? I bet not so back off and quit being so negative in your lie!

  • RealMan

    This article makes you sound like you have a gripe against men and that you have a foul mouth. It has no substance, just opinionated fluff. Sorry I visited this site.

  • RealMan

    This article makes you sound like you have a gripe against men and that you have a foul mouth. It has no substance, just opinionated fluff. Sorry I visited this site.

  • http://yahoo.com jj

    major yo cool

  • http://yahoo.com jj

    major yo cool

  • lala

    good job keep up the good work

  • lala

    good job keep up the good work

  • Redrider

    Where do you find FREE wooden pallets? How about the plastic and styrofoam needed for a temporary shelter? Homeless people don’t regularly receive large shipments of anything.

  • Redrider

    Where do you find FREE wooden pallets? How about the plastic and styrofoam needed for a temporary shelter? Homeless people don’t regularly receive large shipments of anything.

  • http://yahoo.com Jeremiah

    well kinda creepy and kinda cool lol :)……………..

  • http://yahoo.com Jeremiah

    well kinda creepy and kinda cool lol :)……………..

  • http://lovervan.multiply.com Bryan Ocaleña

    Excellent…. go boy envent more….

  • http://lovervan.multiply.com Bryan Ocaleña

    Excellent…. go boy envent more….

  • frank horton

    cool! very cool! Uber cool! Kids like this are the Future and should be encouraged to keep on being bright and curious about this world.

  • frank horton

    cool! very cool! Uber cool! Kids like this are the Future and should be encouraged to keep on being bright and curious about this world.

  • John

    1 jessie : It is not an Epidemic. As ity is not an illness. It is a very Real and serious Problem.
    2 It is NOT illegal to be homeless. Even though a lot od political people would like to make it illegal.
    3 There are laws though about shelters of this type being Built on the streets and most law enforcement individuals will Tear this type of Shelter apart and Toss it into the trash where it came from.
    But Great work Young man

  • John

    1 jessie : It is not an Epidemic. As ity is not an illness. It is a very Real and serious Problem.
    2 It is NOT illegal to be homeless. Even though a lot od political people would like to make it illegal.
    3 There are laws though about shelters of this type being Built on the streets and most law enforcement individuals will Tear this type of Shelter apart and Toss it into the trash where it came from.
    But Great work Young man

  • One Guy’s Opinion

    Hmm…this won $10,000? The other inventions must not have been very good.

  • One Guy’s Opinion

    Hmm…this won $10,000? The other inventions must not have been very good.

  • Donald

    I cant wait to see these on the side of my road in LA! Great job!

  • Donald

    I cant wait to see these on the side of my road in LA! Great job!

  • Robin Davis

    Great concept! 30 years ago, my dad put us to work each afternoon, “pulling nails” out of free pallets he would bring home from work. He used the boards to frame our 4 bedroom, 2 story home. It is still as good as new, strong and build with love, and recycled brick and boards.

  • Robin Davis

    Great concept! 30 years ago, my dad put us to work each afternoon, “pulling nails” out of free pallets he would bring home from work. He used the boards to frame our 4 bedroom, 2 story home. It is still as good as new, strong and build with love, and recycled brick and boards.

  • Robert

    Good Job! I give you 2 thumbs up!

  • Robert

    Good Job! I give you 2 thumbs up!

  • Lizzie

    This is awesome!!!! I want to make one!!!
    btw the crack about the doughnuts was totally uncalled for….what a douchebag yeah you joe smith

  • Lizzie

    This is awesome!!!! I want to make one!!!
    btw the crack about the doughnuts was totally uncalled for….what a douchebag yeah you joe smith

  • brooke

    that is so so so so so awesome that someone my agge could do something loke that i think people will really like that
    thank you
    : )
    you rock
    sincerly,
    br00ke

  • brooke

    that is so so so so so awesome that someone my agge could do something loke that i think people will really like that
    thank you
    : )
    you rock
    sincerly,
    br00ke

  • Maggie

    Great idea, but poor article. No mention of ANY of the basic how-to info on floor, foundation, insulation, etc.
    Article would be much better if it had actual information.

  • Maggie

    Great idea, but poor article. No mention of ANY of the basic how-to info on floor, foundation, insulation, etc.
    Article would be much better if it had actual information.

  • Yo

    This is one of the dumbest things I have ever had the displeasure to read.

  • Yo

    This is one of the dumbest things I have ever had the displeasure to read.

  • Jane Bath

    Whether the material is up to code, flammable, new or used or recyclable is really irrelevant – at least the young man is considering others, and the company rewarding him is also – and they are rewarding his ingenuity. I applaud them both. Why don’t the naysayers come up with a better idea!

  • Jane Bath

    Whether the material is up to code, flammable, new or used or recyclable is really irrelevant – at least the young man is considering others, and the company rewarding him is also – and they are rewarding his ingenuity. I applaud them both. Why don’t the naysayers come up with a better idea!

  • Someone

    To Jeff Bearce, he posted on the 1st page, Are you serious? Use trash in landfills to build houses? Dude, you’re retarded.

  • Jason

    What happens when it rains, because i see gaps in the dome. and is it warm inside?

  • Someone

    To Jeff Bearce, he posted on the 1st page, Are you serious? Use trash in landfills to build houses? Dude, you’re retarded.

  • Jason

    What happens when it rains, because i see gaps in the dome. and is it warm inside?

  • http://Google britney

    It looks kinda like a boob. What a filthy mind this child has!

  • juweriya

    this is so cool… how’d u do it???

  • crappe

    that thing is just askin to be kicked.

  • dick

    WoW a 12 yrs old.atleast he’s doin something for the environment.thats so good..not like some of the 12 yrs old that they only play with their computers and be fat..hope some of the lazy people can do that..

  • juweriya

    this is so cool… how’d u do it???

  • crappe

    that thing is just askin to be kicked.

  • dick

    WoW a 12 yrs old.atleast he’s doin something for the environment.thats so good..not like some of the 12 yrs old that they only play with their computers and be fat..hope some of the lazy people can do that..

  • Anonymous

    To a few of you, beginning with Jeff, it’s a good start: don’t expect a kid to be perfect. At least he is trying to be earth friendly, even if it isn’t in the most… resourceful way. The point is to make it simple and not too complex. And Jason, in case you didn’t notice: this IS an invention for homeless people. Not everyone can afford a house, and it’s better than nothing. It’s not necessarily “crap” to everyone.

    I say bravo. Not many kids spend their time helping other people in the ways that Max does, especially at his age!

  • Anonymous

    To a few of you, beginning with Jeff, it’s a good start: don’t expect a kid to be perfect. At least he is trying to be earth friendly, even if it isn’t in the most… resourceful way. The point is to make it simple and not too complex. And Jason, in case you didn’t notice: this IS an invention for homeless people. Not everyone can afford a house, and it’s better than nothing. It’s not necessarily “crap” to everyone.

    I say bravo. Not many kids spend their time helping other people in the ways that Max does, especially at his age!

  • http://yahoo.com David

    look at all yall haters… some 12 yr. old kid comes up n all yall broke ass niggas wanna hate just cuz he 10,000 $$$$ richer den you…..

  • http://yahoo.com David

    look at all yall haters… some 12 yr. old kid comes up n all yall broke ass niggas wanna hate just cuz he 10,000 $$$$ richer den you…..

  • chad

    Iwould love to see a homeless person with a blowtortch

  • chad

    Iwould love to see a homeless person with a blowtortch

  • Josiah

    I think all of you should take a step back and see the larger picture…. He is trying to improve someone else’s life… so maybe you should take a page out of max’s book.

  • sweptaway

    I love this boy, how compassionate and innovative. Caring and industrious. He is so mature and he looks like a wise soul to me.

    This is a wise child and so many young people are blessed with a natural ability to create innovative things to improve our world and help others.

    His is a beauty, lets applaud him.

  • Josiah

    I think all of you should take a step back and see the larger picture…. He is trying to improve someone else’s life… so maybe you should take a page out of max’s book.

  • sweptaway

    I love this boy, how compassionate and innovative. Caring and industrious. He is so mature and he looks like a wise soul to me.

    This is a wise child and so many young people are blessed with a natural ability to create innovative things to improve our world and help others.

    His is a beauty, lets applaud him.

  • Lisa

    A great idea, why do so many on here sound snide and angry? Finally a kid who see’s value in using his brain and his hands for something more than playing video games. It’s nice to see someone concerned for the well being of others, being homeless is a sad fact of life for many right now.

  • John

    Jerry,

    Who have told you that a Mongolian yurt is like this piece of plastic garbage? Be careful what you write.

  • Lisa

    A great idea, why do so many on here sound snide and angry? Finally a kid who see’s value in using his brain and his hands for something more than playing video games. It’s nice to see someone concerned for the well being of others, being homeless is a sad fact of life for many right now.

  • John

    Jerry,

    Who have told you that a Mongolian yurt is like this piece of plastic garbage? Be careful what you write.

  • John

    Who have told you that a Mongolian yurt is like this piece of plastic garbage? Be careful what you write.

  • John

    Who have told you that a Mongolian yurt is like this piece of plastic garbage? Be careful what you write.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Laura

    I think that this is actually super great. Close minded humans think it’s a waste of time and useless however it’s the art of the creation and the young boy’s perception… everyone shall be recognized for what they’re good at, therefore, one shall not judge one on their accomplishments.

  • http://www.yahoo.com Laura

    I think that this is actually super great. Close minded humans think it’s a waste of time and useless however it’s the art of the creation and the young boy’s perception… everyone shall be recognized for what they’re good at, therefore, one shall not judge one on their accomplishments.

  • Adrian

    Wow He is after all just a kid. I think the building was brilliant.

  • john

    This is dumb and looks like a piece of worthless crap…so are we supposed to start mass producing these for the bums

  • Adrian

    Wow He is after all just a kid. I think the building was brilliant.

  • http://yahoo Angelina

    thats like super cool dudes

  • john

    This is dumb and looks like a piece of worthless crap…so are we supposed to start mass producing these for the bums

  • Jackie

    Here’s a kid that truly cares about homeless people. I read comments like the one “Jason” left and I have to say to “Jason” that reading is FUNDAMENTAL. This kid designed this “shelter” after winning a trip to Chicago at Age 6 for a different invention and he saw all the homeless people living on the street. He wanted to make a difference in their lives. He wants to help–unlike you, Jason, who can’t even read the full article before you post your uneducated opinion.

    This kid rocks!!! We need more people like him and less of the “Jason’s” in the world.

  • Jackie

    Here’s a kid that truly cares about homeless people. I read comments like the one “Jason” left and I have to say to “Jason” that reading is FUNDAMENTAL. This kid designed this “shelter” after winning a trip to Chicago at Age 6 for a different invention and he saw all the homeless people living on the street. He wanted to make a difference in their lives. He wants to help–unlike you, Jason, who can’t even read the full article before you post your uneducated opinion.

    This kid rocks!!! We need more people like him and less of the “Jason’s” in the world.

  • jane

    hello there,..no matter what u say jason, but at least, max can think about other people, instead of ur selfish behaviour,…

  • max

    so if its starts to get windy…..

  • jane

    hello there,..no matter what u say jason, but at least, max can think about other people, instead of ur selfish behaviour,…

  • max

    so if its starts to get windy…..

  • wow

    people, this was a trash to treasure project. he’s 12 years old. get over yourselves.

  • wow

    people, this was a trash to treasure project. he’s 12 years old. get over yourselves.

  • M

    Whats up with the assbags that shitpost on threads……If it was a chouce between HomeDome or the bridge you might be living under after you forclose on your home in this recession, what would you choose? I’d gladly see what you have to say.

  • M

    Whats up with the assbags that shitpost on threads……If it was a chouce between HomeDome or the bridge you might be living under after you forclose on your home in this recession, what would you choose? I’d gladly see what you have to say.

  • Mastay

    that’s pretty cool, that’s a smart idea…
    but… that is VERY time consuming… and seriously, no one would want to live in that unless your homeless and you have nowhere else to sleep…
    but I guess it’s an okay idea.

  • Mastay

    that’s pretty cool, that’s a smart idea…
    but… that is VERY time consuming… and seriously, no one would want to live in that unless your homeless and you have nowhere else to sleep…
    but I guess it’s an okay idea.

  • Andrew

    Your idea sucks like hell,it’s a piece of shit. It’s just a super small house. I rather live on the street. You waste all that materials, and it didn’t really seem like garbage, it seem like you bought it!

  • Andrew

    Your idea sucks like hell,it’s a piece of shit. It’s just a super small house. I rather live on the street. You waste all that materials, and it didn’t really seem like garbage, it seem like you bought it!

  • misstxred

    outstanding.. at least the young man is doing something to attempt to solve a problem.. WE humans destroy everything we touch and leave a mess of garbage behind. It is about time we clean up the mess and use it practically. bravo

  • misstxred

    outstanding.. at least the young man is doing something to attempt to solve a problem.. WE humans destroy everything we touch and leave a mess of garbage behind. It is about time we clean up the mess and use it practically. bravo

  • http://www.mysticaltavern.com anonymous

    I can’t believe some of the haters on here. This boy has done a great thing and he wants to change the world. What are most of you doing to better the enviroment. Don’t be lazy & sit on your rumps critisizing this boy & not do anything yourselves!

  • http://www.mysticaltavern.com anonymous

    I can’t believe some of the haters on here. This boy has done a great thing and he wants to change the world. What are most of you doing to better the enviroment. Don’t be lazy & sit on your rumps critisizing this boy & not do anything yourselves!

  • http://none Ripon , Cal

    I Really think this was great that a what a 12 yr old child has accomplished kudos to him for get all the other RIF Raf people say .

    Enjoy your the gifts .

  • Billy

    This project is awesome since i am only twelve too but i am not as smarts as you

  • Robert

    To all you who critisized this boys invention should be ashamed of yourselves After all did you come up with the idea. I think that it is a brilliant idea that could save on our landfills. Keep up the good work Max And dont let any of these rude comments bring you down. Good Luck!!

  • Billy

    This project is awesome since i am only twelve too but i am not as smarts as you

  • Robert

    To all you who critisized this boys invention should be ashamed of yourselves After all did you come up with the idea. I think that it is a brilliant idea that could save on our landfills. Keep up the good work Max And dont let any of these rude comments bring you down. Good Luck!!

  • David

    The title is misleading. Exactly which parts are trash? Certainly not the nice clean and uniform metal rods. Neither is the brand new polyethylene sheeting. Perhaps the peanuts, if sourced from the right places, could be considered trash.

    Other than that, it’s just a nice way to continue to turn more NEW materials into a shelter, and ultimately into trash – which kind of negates the ‘shelter from trash’ concept.

  • David

    The title is misleading. Exactly which parts are trash? Certainly not the nice clean and uniform metal rods. Neither is the brand new polyethylene sheeting. Perhaps the peanuts, if sourced from the right places, could be considered trash.

    Other than that, it’s just a nice way to continue to turn more NEW materials into a shelter, and ultimately into trash – which kind of negates the ‘shelter from trash’ concept.

  • Jen

    He is a smart kid!

  • Jen

    He is a smart kid!

  • http://msn.com Joe

    What a gay ass fag

  • http://msn.com Joe

    What a gay ass fag

  • http://????? MINA

    DUMD IDEA…THE HUNGRY ONES WILL JUST EAT THE THING TO SLEEP ON, EAT IT, & RUN AWAY LIKE THE HOBOS THEY R! DUH! OR SOMEONE WILL STEAL IT! I DONT KNOW Y BUT MABEY, SO STUPID IDEA!!!

    PS.nerdbot AND bob oneill R HUGE NERDS & Luka IS STUPID!!!

  • sm

    It is very sad to see someone call this invention a piece of crap (perhaps it was a joke?)…a 12 yr old boy is doing what he can to make a difference in the world. To make comments to deter him from doing so is selfish and ignorant. It was specifically designed for homeless, had you read the text you would know that.

  • sm

    It is very sad to see someone call this invention a piece of crap (perhaps it was a joke?)…a 12 yr old boy is doing what he can to make a difference in the world. To make comments to deter him from doing so is selfish and ignorant. It was specifically designed for homeless, had you read the text you would know that.

  • MoonShyne

    bob oneill.. ha ha ha.. u said “Lets see, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so wouldn’t orienting your house east-west allow for the most sunlight??….unless of course this house is being built on a different planet.”
    Well.. Wrong D-bag… u would orient it facing south. if the sun passes east to west, facing east or west eliminates hours of direct sunlight.. Facing south, the sun travels along the face of the house on its way from east to west… Thus.. It watches the entire daily journey….

  • MoonShyne

    bob oneill.. ha ha ha.. u said “Lets see, the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, so wouldn’t orienting your house east-west allow for the most sunlight??….unless of course this house is being built on a different planet.”
    Well.. Wrong D-bag… u would orient it facing south. if the sun passes east to west, facing east or west eliminates hours of direct sunlight.. Facing south, the sun travels along the face of the house on its way from east to west… Thus.. It watches the entire daily journey….

  • jane

    how about there’s a rain, strong winds or even worst tornado? this shelter forsure will get distroyed.

  • Katharine

    I thought this was a fantastic idea; however, how do homeless citizens obtain the supplies to build one for themselves? It seems very easy to put together and make if you have the correct machinery. It looks nice, it is practical, and it was a creative idea, but somewhat unrealistic overall.

  • jane

    how about there’s a rain, strong winds or even worst tornado? this shelter forsure will get distroyed.

  • Katharine

    I thought this was a fantastic idea; however, how do homeless citizens obtain the supplies to build one for themselves? It seems very easy to put together and make if you have the correct machinery. It looks nice, it is practical, and it was a creative idea, but somewhat unrealistic overall.

  • Eric

    I quote jason below me “Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already and this thing would be better than sleeping on a doorstep.”

    Ok bud, I think thats what its for, not just the average person to LIVE in. Look at the title, HOMELESS SHELTER. I think the kid had an awesome idea. You Mr. Jason need to get a life and read before posting stupid comments,

  • Eric

    I quote jason below me “Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already and this thing would be better than sleeping on a doorstep.”

    Ok bud, I think thats what its for, not just the average person to LIVE in. Look at the title, HOMELESS SHELTER. I think the kid had an awesome idea. You Mr. Jason need to get a life and read before posting stupid comments,

  • Albert Qian

    I guess the point of the “home” is to protect some homeless person from wind, heat, and rain? Otherwise, I really couldn’t imagine a difference under a dome and on the floor instead of just on the floor.

  • Albert Qian

    I guess the point of the “home” is to protect some homeless person from wind, heat, and rain? Otherwise, I really couldn’t imagine a difference under a dome and on the floor instead of just on the floor.

  • Joanne

    This is fantastic!!!! Al of you people who are criticizing it are terrible!!!! This boy is trying the hardest a 12 year old can, and he is making progress for our world.
    Congratulations Max

  • Joanne

    This is fantastic!!!! Al of you people who are criticizing it are terrible!!!! This boy is trying the hardest a 12 year old can, and he is making progress for our world.
    Congratulations Max

  • http://yahoo Jennifer

    This comment is to Jason and Jeff Bearce stop being haters he’s a 12 year old kid for crying out loud. People like you two have to hate on others in order to feel good. At 12 you two probably never did anything nearly as creative as Max. So get a life and don’t be haters. Max continue being creative.

  • http://www.earthmann.com john lewis

    so few comments, so many sad people…

  • http://www.earthmann.com john lewis

    so few comments, so many sad people…

  • Stephen

    To all the people saying it’s a bad idea, go sleep on a cold street for a day or too before making any comments.

    I haven’t done so myself, but that sure as hell looks more comfortable than a box.

  • Stephen

    To all the people saying it’s a bad idea, go sleep on a cold street for a day or too before making any comments.

    I haven’t done so myself, but that sure as hell looks more comfortable than a box.

  • Corrine

    This seems like a great idea for a kid, the other comments on here are just mean. Also you are taking this too literally. They are not going to start manufacturing these, it is an idea.

  • Corrine

    This seems like a great idea for a kid, the other comments on here are just mean. Also you are taking this too literally. They are not going to start manufacturing these, it is an idea.

  • mom in Oregon

    i think many of you are missing the point…this is a *12 year old kid*, who it sounds like has a good heart and a good mind. our time here on earth is too short to be so cynical. how sad. we need to be applauding kids like this instead of tearing them down. i wonder where he will go from here? awesome!

  • mom in Oregon

    i think many of you are missing the point…this is a *12 year old kid*, who it sounds like has a good heart and a good mind. our time here on earth is too short to be so cynical. how sad. we need to be applauding kids like this instead of tearing them down. i wonder where he will go from here? awesome!

  • jakol boy

    fuck shits. eat shit

  • jakol boy

    fuck shits. eat shit

  • Lee

    Since no one wants to house the homeless, since alot of them are mentally ill. And no one wants to spend money on them, I think the young man has a good idea. Then the homeless person doesn’t die on the street and can pick up his little dome and leave when the cops are told by good citizens to go run them off. This is a great idea and no one has to have a hissy fit about how much it’s going to cost, and they aren’t unsightly like cardboard, so they won’t devalue the neighborhood. There but for the grace of God go most people.

  • Lee

    Since no one wants to house the homeless, since alot of them are mentally ill. And no one wants to spend money on them, I think the young man has a good idea. Then the homeless person doesn’t die on the street and can pick up his little dome and leave when the cops are told by good citizens to go run them off. This is a great idea and no one has to have a hissy fit about how much it’s going to cost, and they aren’t unsightly like cardboard, so they won’t devalue the neighborhood. There but for the grace of God go most people.

  • Susan

    Hi Max!! I am PROUD of your initiative for having insight to contributing to an ever growing problem. No doubt, you will succeed as a PRODUCTIVE adult who can do much for the world!! Keep up the good work and God bless you!! Susan from Norway.

  • Susan

    Hi Max!! I am PROUD of your initiative for having insight to contributing to an ever growing problem. No doubt, you will succeed as a PRODUCTIVE adult who can do much for the world!! Keep up the good work and God bless you!! Susan from Norway.

  • http://www.msn.com Shawna

    Hey he is only a kid his ideas should be encouraged even if you all think they aren’t right, maybe one day he will invent something that you will all buy! BESIDES HE IS JUST A KID AND YOU SHOULDN’T CRUSH A KID’S DREAMS!!!!

  • http://www.msn.com Shawna

    Hey he is only a kid his ideas should be encouraged even if you all think they aren’t right, maybe one day he will invent something that you will all buy! BESIDES HE IS JUST A KID AND YOU SHOULDN’T CRUSH A KID’S DREAMS!!!!

  • Wapoys

    Speaking about pallet, on my place these are sold and used for building furniture such as cabinet, beds table etc. It’s all about creativity and productivity.

  • Wapoys

    Speaking about pallet, on my place these are sold and used for building furniture such as cabinet, beds table etc. It’s all about creativity and productivity.

  • makjessica

    i was expecting to read positive comments, but am suprised at how jealous ppl have commented their useless crap.

    why weren’t they brave enough to participate in the contest with their ideas???

    That is one innovative young boy who can use his brains positively. Go Max Go!!!! we know soon you’ll come up with even sthing else that will be even much better!!!!

  • makjessica

    i was expecting to read positive comments, but am suprised at how jealous ppl have commented their useless crap.

    why weren’t they brave enough to participate in the contest with their ideas???

    That is one innovative young boy who can use his brains positively. Go Max Go!!!! we know soon you’ll come up with even sthing else that will be even much better!!!!

  • nikki

    This was a fantastic idea. What an imagination this kid has and so much potential. It looks like a honey comb igloo. The Styrofoam makes a good insulation. The people that put this kid down are jealous and may someday be homeless.
    The only thing concerning is what if it gets windy?

  • nikki

    This was a fantastic idea. What an imagination this kid has and so much potential. It looks like a honey comb igloo. The Styrofoam makes a good insulation. The people that put this kid down are jealous and may someday be homeless.
    The only thing concerning is what if it gets windy?

  • VoiceOfReason

    Please! Obviously this kid is smart, talented, AND considerate.
    Any comments on here that are negative are (also obviously) from losers who can do nothing themselves but criticize behind a computer screen. Ragging on a kid who did a good deed. Shame on you!

  • VoiceOfReason

    Please! Obviously this kid is smart, talented, AND considerate.
    Any comments on here that are negative are (also obviously) from losers who can do nothing themselves but criticize behind a computer screen. Ragging on a kid who did a good deed. Shame on you!

  • GREAT JOB

    This was a wonderful idea. I know several homeless people from my line of work- who would be very appreciative of this type of shelter.
    In this economy Max’s invention is a prime example of the kind of progressive and compassionate thinking that we need. Thank God for people like Max.
    The intellect,consideration, and motivation to invent this is inspirational. Thank you Max on behalf of all families and folks in need for your contribution to make life for some that much better.

  • GREAT JOB

    This was a wonderful idea. I know several homeless people from my line of work- who would be very appreciative of this type of shelter.
    In this economy Max’s invention is a prime example of the kind of progressive and compassionate thinking that we need. Thank God for people like Max.
    The intellect,consideration, and motivation to invent this is inspirational. Thank you Max on behalf of all families and folks in need for your contribution to make life for some that much better.

  • Josh

    Id like to see ANYONE make that out or REAL trash. Not roles of plastic and gallons of peanuts. This is not a shelter made of trash. That thing was time consuming to create, too expensive for homeless, and NOT PRACTICAL AT ALL.

  • Josh

    Id like to see ANYONE make that out or REAL trash. Not roles of plastic and gallons of peanuts. This is not a shelter made of trash. That thing was time consuming to create, too expensive for homeless, and NOT PRACTICAL AT ALL.

  • Josh

    Ive been homeless. They want something small, sort and warm. Not big, plastic and drafty.

  • Josh

    Ive been homeless. They want something small, sort and warm. Not big, plastic and drafty.

  • AL

    We are now rewarding are children for living like every third world child already knows. The US as lost everything.

  • AL

    We are now rewarding are children for living like every third world child already knows. The US as lost everything.

  • everett marm

    @Jason:

    >Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that >piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already >and this thing would be better than sleeping on a >doorstep.

    Maybe someone who is homeless already, although I’ve heard there are people who become homeless just so that they can live in a box.

  • everett marm

    @Jason:

    >Kind of a dumb idea, who would want to live in that >piece of crap? Maybe someone who is homeless already >and this thing would be better than sleeping on a >doorstep.

    Maybe someone who is homeless already, although I’ve heard there are people who become homeless just so that they can live in a box.

  • CeCe

    I’ve read through several of the comments regarding this article and I really feel like many of the people commenting are entirely missing the point. This kid is not only finding a constructive use for his time and materials that are often thrown in the trash (recycleable or not). He’s also doing the best that he can to try and make a difference for both the environment and the construction of inexpensive housing for a growing homeless population. Why are there so many negative critiques on this site that are not condusive to either and are simply not helpful in any way in general?

    Max don’t listen to the ignorant and misguided people who clearly don’t understand your main objective commenting here. Keep giving your passion your all and I look forward to your future creativity and inventions designed for solving various global problems.

  • CeCe

    I’ve read through several of the comments regarding this article and I really feel like many of the people commenting are entirely missing the point. This kid is not only finding a constructive use for his time and materials that are often thrown in the trash (recycleable or not). He’s also doing the best that he can to try and make a difference for both the environment and the construction of inexpensive housing for a growing homeless population. Why are there so many negative critiques on this site that are not condusive to either and are simply not helpful in any way in general?

    Max don’t listen to the ignorant and misguided people who clearly don’t understand your main objective commenting here. Keep giving your passion your all and I look forward to your future creativity and inventions designed for solving various global problems.

  • Mike Ruger

    I really do applaud this young man’s actually doing something foor the Homeless.
    And true his dome intact would be warm and a dry shelter.

    Now the trouble all that plastic and packing peanuts getting oose.
    A doom suuch as his destroyed and aloud the wind and other natural element to scatter this building material. This would kill birds and fish if ingested.tHen most likely get into our own food chain if enough got into the environment.

    Another thing Homeless are on the move most of the time. While this doom is nice for them to rest. it is way too big to carry around. And what about fires?
    all that doom material is quite flamable.
    Another thiing the idea that homeless people could afford all that duct tape.

    The only practical way for that doom is to put it out in a place where few others go as a perminent shelter for several people. There you are having homeless invade private property.While I might be in favor of this .The law goes out of its way to protect the property owners.

    Again I salute this young doom inventor for his caring and his idea.
    What he needs to do is keep working and perfecting his ideas.

    a tip! Work on breaking these shelters down and making them portable but superior to the appliance boxes and tents.

    How about a sleeping bag made out of heavy plastic and some other material then plasttic peanuts for insulation. Perhaps hundred of those cursed plastic store bags arranged in such a way to insujlate and give padding for the cold hard ground or ement?

    At any rate i wish you well and many more ideas and successe
    Good Luck
    Mike

  • Mike Ruger

    I really do applaud this young man’s actually doing something foor the Homeless.
    And true his dome intact would be warm and a dry shelter.

    Now the trouble all that plastic and packing peanuts getting oose.
    A doom suuch as his destroyed and aloud the wind and other natural element to scatter this building material. This would kill birds and fish if ingested.tHen most likely get into our own food chain if enough got into the environment.

    Another thing Homeless are on the move most of the time. While this doom is nice for them to rest. it is way too big to carry around. And what about fires?
    all that doom material is quite flamable.
    Another thiing the idea that homeless people could afford all that duct tape.

    The only practical way for that doom is to put it out in a place where few others go as a perminent shelter for several people. There you are having homeless invade private property.While I might be in favor of this .The law goes out of its way to protect the property owners.

    Again I salute this young doom inventor for his caring and his idea.
    What he needs to do is keep working and perfecting his ideas.

    a tip! Work on breaking these shelters down and making them portable but superior to the appliance boxes and tents.

    How about a sleeping bag made out of heavy plastic and some other material then plasttic peanuts for insulation. Perhaps hundred of those cursed plastic store bags arranged in such a way to insujlate and give padding for the cold hard ground or ement?

    At any rate i wish you well and many more ideas and successe
    Good Luck
    Mike

  • mreelanc

    I think it’s a great idea and the kid should be rewarded and encouraged for trying to help others, everyone who wants to bash him or judge should take a good long look at themselves and see what they are doing to be a light in others lives instead of endulging the negativity.

  • mreelanc

    I think it’s a great idea and the kid should be rewarded and encouraged for trying to help others, everyone who wants to bash him or judge should take a good long look at themselves and see what they are doing to be a light in others lives instead of endulging the negativity.

  • loren

    so i read this and then read some of the comments.
    and for those of you who are bashing a 12 year old boy need better things to do with your lives.
    personally for a child that age deserves to win with an idea like that. he’s 12 and created that. i mean come on.
    if it helps the homeless then so be it. expecially if it keeps them warm.
    not everyone has money to buy a nice sturdy home.

  • loren

    so i read this and then read some of the comments.
    and for those of you who are bashing a 12 year old boy need better things to do with your lives.
    personally for a child that age deserves to win with an idea like that. he’s 12 and created that. i mean come on.
    if it helps the homeless then so be it. expecially if it keeps them warm.
    not everyone has money to buy a nice sturdy home.

  • kelly

    This is the best thing I have seen yet very good invention there are alot of homeless people who die every year because of extreme temps and this is a life saver.Not all homeless people get the chance to stay warm. And not all are in the position they are by choice so thank you for making the world a little bit better.

  • kelly

    This is the best thing I have seen yet very good invention there are alot of homeless people who die every year because of extreme temps and this is a life saver.Not all homeless people get the chance to stay warm. And not all are in the position they are by choice so thank you for making the world a little bit better.

  • Kaela

    HE IS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY! Why are grown adults criticizing him for his ideas and inventions. For homeless people, I’m sure it sounds like a great idea. Why is no one giving him credit for being one of the few good kids in their generation. People are always quick to say each generation keeps getting worse and worse and than when one actually wants to help out everyone has something negative to say. I saw give credit where credit is due. How many of you are actually trying to better the environment and help others out when it doesn’t benefit you. It may not be pure architectural work but he’s 12 and I can’t wait to see what further inventions he comes up with as he grows and gains more knowledge.

  • Kaela

    HE IS A 12 YEAR OLD BOY! Why are grown adults criticizing him for his ideas and inventions. For homeless people, I’m sure it sounds like a great idea. Why is no one giving him credit for being one of the few good kids in their generation. People are always quick to say each generation keeps getting worse and worse and than when one actually wants to help out everyone has something negative to say. I saw give credit where credit is due. How many of you are actually trying to better the environment and help others out when it doesn’t benefit you. It may not be pure architectural work but he’s 12 and I can’t wait to see what further inventions he comes up with as he grows and gains more knowledge.

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  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Dan

    There is “Green” renewable product that has many uses. It has incredible weight to strength ratio. It uses very little natural resources to manufacture. In fact, it requires carbon dioxide to manufacture and the byproduct of manufacturing is oxygen… It is called a Tree. So get off of your “Green” podiums and go plan a tree.

  • Mark

    This kid is awesome! Like the Luka comment. Lol! The US has been gutted by greedy developers, city council members sleeping with them, and a energy corp. evil. And this kid is going to give many of the resulting homeless in the country hope and inspiration. I would have loved something like this when I was homeless. I would put a raised bed underneath, tie the dome down with anchors, and paint it black or green. I love this kid!

  • Mark

    This kid is awesome! Like the Luka comment. Lol! The US has been gutted by greedy developers, city council members sleeping with them, and a energy corp. evil. And this kid is going to give many of the resulting homeless in the country hope and inspiration. I would have loved something like this when I was homeless. I would put a raised bed underneath, tie the dome down with anchors, and paint it black or green. I love this kid!

  • Mark

    Instead, I had a water-resistant (yeah right) military issue sleeping bag that kept me wet much of the time–it was during the massive rains that hit CA prior to Katrina, and had to sleep under a tree, on cement where a drain would drain the extra water. I could have used this and set it up in some brush somewhere and not gotten wet or dirty at all.

  • Mark

    Instead, I had a water-resistant (yeah right) military issue sleeping bag that kept me wet much of the time–it was during the massive rains that hit CA prior to Katrina, and had to sleep under a tree, on cement where a drain would drain the extra water. I could have used this and set it up in some brush somewhere and not gotten wet or dirty at all.

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  • pig butt

    wow

  • pig butt

    wow

  • christl

    i guess all negativity to the 12yr. old invention is jeallousy.. do you remember all tho victims of natural disasters in the past?? my guess is they would have loved to have “some” privacy, “some” shelter… and this might just fit the bill…
    keep going kid.. we need fresh ideas.. and they come from people like you.. since, abviously the “tried and true” isn’t working so well… times change and we need not be so closeminded…….
    oh, and one of my students become homeless just before christmas… i’m sure they would have preferred one of the “domes” over the street!!!!
    (well, they weren’t in the street.. thank goodness we have a mother-in-law suite…

  • christl

    i guess all negativity to the 12yr. old invention is jeallousy.. do you remember all tho victims of natural disasters in the past?? my guess is they would have loved to have “some” privacy, “some” shelter… and this might just fit the bill…
    keep going kid.. we need fresh ideas.. and they come from people like you.. since, abviously the “tried and true” isn’t working so well… times change and we need not be so closeminded…….
    oh, and one of my students become homeless just before christmas… i’m sure they would have preferred one of the “domes” over the street!!!!
    (well, they weren’t in the street.. thank goodness we have a mother-in-law suite…

  • Ella

    I think that is a good idea. You may argue that the materials used can be recycled but recycling also wastes energy and causes damage to the environment just less in amount. It is better to reuse the materials than to just simply recycle.

  • Ella

    I think that is a good idea. You may argue that the materials used can be recycled but recycling also wastes energy and causes damage to the environment just less in amount. It is better to reuse the materials than to just simply recycle.

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  • Jeanette & Fernando

    I am really happy to know that there are great kids like MAX he is a hero in my eyes and I hope he never looses his stride to make the world a better place
    keep up the great work MAX!

  • Jeanette & Fernando

    I am really happy to know that there are great kids like MAX he is a hero in my eyes and I hope he never looses his stride to make the world a better place
    keep up the great work MAX!

  • vanessa

    wow its very bad ha ha ha ……..

  • vanessa

    wow its very bad ha ha ha ……..

  • Adam

    Starting from the top:

    You are all fine, shining examples of idiots who criticize the work of others because you can’t or don’t do anything constructive in life. By the way, nobody cares about your opinion. HA! I TOTALLY got you!

  • Adam

    Starting from the top:

    You are all fine, shining examples of idiots who criticize the work of others because you can’t or don’t do anything constructive in life. By the way, nobody cares about your opinion. HA! I TOTALLY got you!

  • JB

    Hmmm… I see several problems to start. First, no floor. Second, this model wasn’t sealed very well. Third, when you do seal it very well, yes, it will retain heat, but it will also retain carbon monoxide; maybe his plan is to humanely kill all of the homeless people with CO poisoning? Fourth, where is the portability? It seems to me that unless the homeless recipient was able to easily disassemble it, and carry it discretely, then somebody else would move right in. Fifth, why use packing peanuts, they are expensive; instead, use crumpled up newspaper.

    Conclusion: good idea on paper, reality: expensive, not discrete, possibility of accidental death, etc. Oh, and their is no floor.

  • JB

    Hmmm… I see several problems to start. First, no floor. Second, this model wasn’t sealed very well. Third, when you do seal it very well, yes, it will retain heat, but it will also retain carbon monoxide; maybe his plan is to humanely kill all of the homeless people with CO poisoning? Fourth, where is the portability? It seems to me that unless the homeless recipient was able to easily disassemble it, and carry it discretely, then somebody else would move right in. Fifth, why use packing peanuts, they are expensive; instead, use crumpled up newspaper.

    Conclusion: good idea on paper, reality: expensive, not discrete, possibility of accidental death, etc. Oh, and their is no floor.

  • MC

    It could be seen as a stupid idea to make shelters from trash. But at the end of the day the boy has the $10,000 and you and me have nothing!

  • MC

    It could be seen as a stupid idea to make shelters from trash. But at the end of the day the boy has the $10,000 and you and me have nothing!

  • kaity

    i dont see why you all are so hard on them,i know good people that have lost their jobs and ended up homeless.i think that some of the ideas are really good i mean imagine your living on the street with nowhere to go well instead of being cold have a dome and some newspaper and mabey if your lucky a blanket.think about that

  • kaity

    i dont see why you all are so hard on them,i know good people that have lost their jobs and ended up homeless.i think that some of the ideas are really good i mean imagine your living on the street with nowhere to go well instead of being cold have a dome and some newspaper and mabey if your lucky a blanket.think about that

  • vanessa

    wow very bad hahaha

  • vanessa

    wow very bad hahaha

  • http://greenation.ning.com/video/domes-of-the-world-eco-shelter francis

    hi guys, this is not a fantasy, some non profit organizations known as Dome of the world actually build Dome like houses at 2500 USD using low cost material in INDONESIA for disaster area.

  • http://greenation.ning.com/video/domes-of-the-world-eco-shelter francis

    hi guys, this is not a fantasy, some non profit organizations known as Dome of the world actually build Dome like houses at 2500 USD using low cost material in INDONESIA for disaster area.

  • Lukas

    I haven’t read all of the comments, but did anyone else realize that it’s a tent? He got $10,000, a trip and a computer for taking an idea that already exists and making it worse. Maybe the judges need to get some of the grief being directed at the kid?

  • Lukas

    I haven’t read all of the comments, but did anyone else realize that it’s a tent? He got $10,000, a trip and a computer for taking an idea that already exists and making it worse. Maybe the judges need to get some of the grief being directed at the kid?

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    The Canbot.com shows a very cool idea of Recycle. This website shows how to combine origami with recycle soda cans to make robot, panda and dinosaur sculptures. The “i can make it” slogan is quite impressive.

  • http://www.canbot.com Jessica

    The Canbot.com shows a very cool idea of Recycle. This website shows how to combine origami with recycle soda cans to make robot, panda and dinosaur sculptures. The “i can make it” slogan is quite impressive.

  • rxantos

    I think the problem is more of people being allowed a place to live than on having a tent.

    Most towns governments hate homeless persons because they cannot extort property tax from them. And when the government hates homeless, police follow.

    I do not know how many times I have seen a policeman hitting or taking on a homeless person. Of course, they always said that the homeless started. But if you think for a moment, the police are not only allowed to lie by the system but encouraged and trained to do so. How can you expect honor from a force that is trained to be honor-less? How do you know when the police is telling the true or just following their training? The answer is you don’t. Yet when a homeless person and a policemen have counter argument, the system will always side with the police, unless the brutality is blatantly recorded in a video.

    “This is what happened sarge, this crazy bum started attacking us and we have no other option but to fire on him.” This happen daily on america.

  • rxantos

    I think the problem is more of people being allowed a place to live than on having a tent.

    Most towns governments hate homeless persons because they cannot extort property tax from them. And when the government hates homeless, police follow.

    I do not know how many times I have seen a policeman hitting or taking on a homeless person. Of course, they always said that the homeless started. But if you think for a moment, the police are not only allowed to lie by the system but encouraged and trained to do so. How can you expect honor from a force that is trained to be honor-less? How do you know when the police is telling the true or just following their training? The answer is you don’t. Yet when a homeless person and a policemen have counter argument, the system will always side with the police, unless the brutality is blatantly recorded in a video.

    “This is what happened sarge, this crazy bum started attacking us and we have no other option but to fire on him.” This happen daily on america.

  • Rose

    Is this home dome created for the homeless available to buy, and if so, where. What if people started wanting to buy one to give to a homeless person? What a great idea. Think of all you can be helped.

  • Rose

    Is this home dome created for the homeless available to buy, and if so, where. What if people started wanting to buy one to give to a homeless person? What a great idea. Think of all you can be helped.

  • http://www.thebabysleepsolutionopinion.info/oh_brother_where_art_thou_go_to_sleep_little_baby.aspx Celine

    Max you are so amazing by making the trash into shelter, what a bright idea. Keep up the good work.

  • http://www.thebabysleepsolutionopinion.info/oh_brother_where_art_thou_go_to_sleep_little_baby.aspx Celine

    Max you are so amazing by making the trash into shelter, what a bright idea. Keep up the good work.

  • http://Joke DRC

    I guess I can say I am happy for the kid, however this is hardly an original design. It looks like he took the Bucky Dome and put it in a smaller scale. That design was put together by a revolutionary architect. And the “trash” is new foam peanuts and new trash bags//plastic. Hardly used trash.

  • http://Web Neal Oplinger

    what is so amazing about building a shelter from trash? Homeless people have been doing it for years in my city. Discarded card board boxes, plastic, lumber, newspapers, styrofaom are all things i have seento help make shelter by homeless people on the street. The truth is not every homeless person wants to live in a traditional home, (don’t get me wrong a lot of them do), I remeber plans for a home that was complete with cooking, sleeping and shower/toilet facilaties. They appeared in an addition of “Mother Earth News”. Basically it was about an 8′ x 10′ yard barn that was insulated and outfitted to live in. Hey I have even considered in building one myself to live in except where would I put all my stuff. Like most of America I suffer from Stuffitis!

    Anyway the kid deserves the prize he saw two problems and combined them to come up with a viable solution! Although finding a place to put your garbage yurt up will be just as tuff as finding a place to put up any other shelter the homeless have built.

    The homeless problem is not one of resources as much as it is one of the paridigm that we operate under. Our perceptions of them and their perceptions of us….

  • http://Web Larry

    He’s 12-yrs old; I’m grateful so see someone that young thinking about something or someone other than themselves. Who cares is the design/details already exist in the form of a tent…the thought was to use recycled trash, yeah? I haven’t seen Coleman doing that. Good for him.

  • http://Web Turbo

    I dont understand how this is “made from trash”.

    Its clearly made from new raw materials and not trash. They used thin metal rods for the frame, new large sheets of plastic, and packaging “material”. Do you find that in trash commonly??

    It was build from new material just like anything else.

    Either way, its a cool dome and I commend this young, smart kid for his good work. I’m just saying it doesn’t really fit the title of “made from trash”

  • http://Web Sandy

    It may be “just a tent”, but this kid is the first one that used trash for its unique design.

  • http://Web Darryl

    Ok here’s something to think about. The boy invented the “tent” in a ridiculous form, that although being “efficient ?” could never be afforded by most homeless people. What were the judges thinking? This kid received $10,000, a trip to Boston and a Dell computer for an idea that is totally unworkable. A reinvention of the tent that is totally unaffordable and unavailable to most homeless people.

  • http://Web Darryl

    Oh, and before anybody makes the comment that this is trash we’re talking about here. Take a look in your local trash pile and tell us, Do you see this stuff just readily usable and free for the taking in it? Notice the U.S. is building these things for $2500 for people in Indonesia. How many homeless people have that kind of money? Then notice, he used a hammer and other tools. How many homeless people have you seen with a set of tools readily available?

  • http://Web orsini

    The shelter should be called “Obama plan B” about 25% of americans are or are about to become homeless, all the while we continue on with alan greenspan the fed chairman? same as bush, what a doof…. And why is this kid recieving awards for design of homeless shelters? because nearly everyone identifies with it because of the economy.

  • http://Web Name (required)

    this is all fine and wonderful but where are you going to put them? the homeless are not able to stay in one place (get it) not to mention that these makeshift shelters wouldnt last long when torn by a twig or branch and have you ever tried to clean up that popcorn stuff? keep in mind that home less people are not stupid and not criminals they are home less, lest a good majority of them are not only extremely sensitive caring individuals who probably either didnt have the finances nor the voice to squawk loud enough to keep the homes they were in , and that a good number of them are well educated, hard working, and very talented. and have many many innovative, ecologically friendly, recycled practical means of shelter (just no place to put them) all the while the NON PROFIT funding for all this gets eaten up by this kind of RESEARCH? i believe it is really up to the PARENTS of these well meaning children to educate themselves a little better with some common sense. and start using this type of funding to purchase some land say the size of az to build a place for OUR nations homeless people to live with dignity and respect. as it could very easily be their mother , father , brother , sister tomarrow. then what?

  • http://Web analisa

    sigh! why are there so many negative people on the planet? at least the kid is thinking. what have you done lately other than whine?

  • http://Web nitin

    “The dome provides shelter for the homeless and is made from plastic, wire, packing peanuts, and flargstin. Pretty much, trash.”

    how can u have the luxury of calling all these things trash..

  • http://Web dwayne

    so basically your just jealous he thought of it before you

  • http://leedvancouver.com/ ines

    Good for him!

  • http://Web Kathy Wilson

    Yea, well, it may be just a tent to you, but it’s a FREE one that’s waterproof, insulated, and can be built with trash, or trashbags in just a day or so. EVERYTHING counts. I think this is a great idea…why not be part of the solution, instead of creating problems?

  • http://Web Pamela

    This “tent” would probably be better insulated with the foam peanuts than a regular tent.

    However, the air quality in a plastic habitat would surely be many times more toxic than outside air. This idea needs a greener upgrade, before I would give it a prize.

  • http://Web Barbara Andrae

    That does not look like a yurt. It looks like Buckminster Fuller’s design for a geodesic dome, which has been in evidence for many years. It’s a brilliant priciple, creating shelter using a far less materials. Congratulations to Max Wallack for again calling attention to this great application and finding another way to create it.

  • http://Web Name (required)

    How much does it keep it warm? How does it handle rain? Kudos to this great kid!

  • http://www.davidhansenmusic.com Dave

    Great idea but unfortunately the plastic is still ending up in the food chain and causing havoc too life on the planet. Some scientists think that platic will sterilize the human population in a few generations. We need to stop making it.

  • http://Web Horton

    The only practical application I see from this is to provide stoners with a convenient place for a clambake. Homeless people? Not so much.

  • http://Web Dan

    It didn’t look like it was being built out of trash to me.. all those materials looked new and the tools used to build it probably won’t be available to a homeless person or disaster victim.

    And a geo dome is not a unique design.. they have been around for decades.

    Sorry to sound negative.. its good that he’s trying to do something, but i don’t know how practically useful it is going to be to his intended beneficiaries.

  • http://packingpeanuts.org/ ray

    Wow that was very clever Packing Peanuts recycled into a cool tent. Great very explendid idea.

  • http://Web simone

    i need a house. i am currently living in hawaii on the big island. i want one built using concrete and cinder blocks. help please

  • http://Web Rosita

    This is a very clever idea from a 13 year old, but cannot compete with the practical solutions of adults.

    The dome does not look waterproof: there are gaps between the panels which are not covered. Air can get in, which is important, but so can water.

    The plastic skin, and probably also the peanut filling, will disintegrate in the sun after a few months.

    The inside is unsuitable for anything but sleeping or resting. It is unsuitable for cooking and would probably not do well as a bathroom.

    The bottom line, of course, is that it suffers the same problem as tents – finding free land to put it on.

  • http://Web Mel

    Has anyone else noticed that you put this twice? But anyway, it may be just a “tent” to you but to a homeless person they would really appreciate it, I bet if you became homeless you wouldn’t be saying it’s just a tent and appreciate the effort this kid used to help out others. At least some people actually try to help out other people other than themselves and their pocketbooks. I admire this kid for what he’s done.

  • http://The-Missing-Piece.com Rick

    Leave it to a kid to figure out the right way to start thinking about dwellings. Great post and blog.

  • http://Web Dominic

    You all fail…

  • Jon54125

    that is really amzing everyday more and moer people turn trash into treasure it is very amazing and creative

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  • http://www.bes.co.uk/ plumbing

    Plastics are very hard to eliminate. The molecular bonds of plastic makes it so durable that result to low natural processes of degradation. Likewise, burning plastic can release toxic fumes. Max’ idea of making a house out of trash like plastic is already one way of eliminating plastic and helping our environment.

  • Skye

    Where can you buy one of these? Does anyone know?

  • home interior

    hahahhaha… he really creative kids… :D

  • home interior

    hahahhaha… he really creative kids… :D More Home interior

  • Lefthandpath3 14

    you’re missing the point. It’s made from trash. derp

  • Lefthandpath3 14

    consumerism….sigh

  • Guest

    you are just jealous of max, did you ever think of this when you are his age? I think he is super smart for a 12 years old.

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