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This isn’t necessarily something BYT writes about, but it does involve:
a. young people
b. young international people
c. design and architecture
d. DC and
e. being green.
And since being green is the new black (did I just say that?) and while you’re all still on a high from last week’s Green Festival, here is something more to keep you going (even if it does involve going to the Mall during mob tourist season):

The U.S. Dept. of Energy’s is organizing its third Solar Decathlon to transform the National Mall into a solar village.
Students from “20 of the world’s leading universities” (this, of course, being relative as only students from United States, Spain, Germany and Canada are represented) have arrived to Washington, D.C., designs in hand and while they’re not waiting in line for ESL, they’re working on designing, building and operating the homes, many using technologies that are currently available for purchase and use.

Teams have worked for more than two years designing, building and testing their homes. The competition is the culmination of that work. Some of the designs include:

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In preparation for a competition that takes place from Oct. 12 through Oct. 20, teams began on Oct. 3 assembling energy-efficient homes powered entirely by the sun.
Beginning on Oct. 12, the houses are open for public tour.
This year, more than 100,000 people are expected to tour the solar village.

learn more + view daily progress photos on: http://www.solardecathlon.org/

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