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October 7, 2011

Engineering (Beyond Paper) at the Solar Decathlon

Filed under: paper engineering — Tags: , , — popularkinetics @ 8:43 pm

Team Florida House

Florida International House

Last week we at Popular Kinetics visited one of our favorite events in Washington, D.C., the 2011 Solar Decathlon. Featuring 19 solar-powered homes designed by teams of architecture, design, and engineering students at prominent universities from around the world, the houses were on display for 10 days at a site along the Potomac River between the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials. The houses compete in 10 contests testing their energy efficiency and evaluating their affordability and design features. Visitors are invited to tour the houses, and students are available to answer questions.

Although Popular Kinetics is focused on paper engineering, we get many of our ideas by studying architectural and engineering strategies developed in cutting-edge projects such as these.

This year’s winner was our home-state University of Maryland entry, which focused on water management inspired by the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem. Congratulations, Team Maryland!

For more information on the Decathlon, visit 

New Zealand house

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