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Sidewalk Superintendent Browses Solar Decathlon

The village of solar-powered prototype homes was going up rapidly on the National Mall over the weekend. Though the exhibit doesn't open for public viewing until Friday, passersby were allowed to stroll down a corridor cutting straight through the construction sites. I wandered through on Friday evening as cranes were still lowering some building components into place, power drills whined and the aroma of fresh drywall mud wafted through the air.

One entry, in particular, has sparked my curiosity. Cornell Univesity's entry, Silo House, incorporates several huge, vertical--and rusty--metal cylinders. I can't wait to see how that evolves. And, from what I could see so far, many of the entries seem to be emphasizing their architectural appeal, compared to the last Decathlon two years ago.

You can follow the teams' progress on You Tube.

By Elizabeth Razzi  |  October 5, 2009; 9:49 AM ET
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With a president genuinely interested in alternative energy -- not a global warming denier like Bush -- I'm looking forward to this year's Solar Decathlon getting more attention than ever.

I too am fascinated by Cornell's house. In the past, they've done nice rectangular boxes, but this silo look is something totally new to the show. And it is for sale for "only" $200,000.

Posted by: MrGrug | October 5, 2009 1:19 PM | Report abuse

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