12-year-old Max Wallack submitted this amazing "Home Dome"—a homeless shelter made from plastic, wire, and packing peanuts—to a recent "Trash to Treasure" design contest. Based on a Mongolian yurt, it's warm and includes a bed.
The project both helps divert materials from landfills and gives the homeless a place to sleep (though I wonder how they breathe under all that plastic). Max won $10,000, a Dell laptop and a trip to Boston. [Design Blog]