The Architect Barbie Dreamhouse is a Career Woman's Haven
The home -- which, according to Gizmodo, was designed to balance on a steep incline like the Hollywood Hills -- will be manufactured by Mattel to coincide with the release of Architect Barbie. Designed by Ting Li and Maja Parklar for a competition to crowdsource the perfect design, the dreamhome is a plastic embodiment of good architecture, going so far as to include a meditating space, a green roof, solar panels and bamboo floors.
Implications - Since its inception in the 50s, Barbie has seen a great deal of controversy concerning the values she represents to young girls. As a result, her growth has followed the timeline of emerging feminism, and career-themed dolls are among the most popular. Of course, the brand's empire expands far beyond the dolls, and accessories from dream homes to convertibles account for a large portion of Mattel's profit.