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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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  • 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?

    • 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 dwayne

      so basically your just jealous he thought of it before you

    • 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 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://Web Dominic

        You all fail…

  • 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?

    • 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://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.

  • 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.

    • Jon54125

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

  • 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 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://leedvancouver.com/ ines

    Good for him!

  • 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://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://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.

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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?

    • Lefthandpath3 14

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

      • Lefthandpath3 14

        consumerism….sigh

  • home interior

    hahahhaha… he really creative kids… :D

  • home interior

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

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  • http://www.appsbee.com/ Soumya D

    I was going through the blog http://about.digg.com/blog/how-get-front-page-digg, where I get the link to this post, Really Loved what Jerry James Stone shared. The boy if a little wonder and like Indonesia this can be used in many nations where catastrophe have hit recently.

  • Duh

    Build tents from Bamboo, it can grow 12-18″ a day……… renewable recyclable. I have shirts made of bamboo, skateboards………………..

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