That’s right people: We’re wondering if you can build us a sustainable gingerbread house.


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O.K. So the deal is that it’s the holidays – and soon the whole merriment parade will be kicking into high gear. This includes a number of things that I bet many households end up going through. Things such as:

1. the strategic maneuvering of the mistletoe locale.

2. watching the antics of nasally sounding claymation elves,

3. arguing over the relative merits of putting raisins in the stuffing,

4. real tree, fake tree, or no tree.

5. debating the necessity of the feature length Grinch movie,

6. figuring out what did “my true love give to me” on the eleventh day?

And 7, that opportunity for all of us to play the role of an amateur architect – (drum roll please) the building of the gingerbread house. Usually, the directions taken here, tend to veer towards one of two extremes: (1) a somewhat childish semblance of four walls, a roof, and a freakish amount of candy, or (2) you think you’re Martha Stewart or something.

So let’s instead try a different tact. Here, we’re looking for your take on a “sustainable” gingerbread house. Rules are found at, but basically the premise in a nutshell is: apply sustainable building design practices to a gingerbread house.

Anyway, Dave has set up a Flickr site to collect entries, and we’re hoping to see some spectacular houses. Spread the word – we have a few prizes to give out, but really, the process is the thing you see.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at

3 Responses to “That’s right people: We’re wondering if you can build us a sustainable gingerbread house.”

  1. Florin

    SWEET! I’m down for this. That Bake For a Change t-shirt is mine!
    … I wonder how i can make geo-thermal heating edible?

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