Empowerhouse: 2011 Solar Decathlon
Parsons The New School for Design is one of 20 teams of colleges and universities selected to compete in the 2011 Solar Decathlon. The Empowerhouse team of Parsons, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, and Stevens Institute of Technology is transforming the competition into an unprecedented interdisciplinary effort to solve the issue of affordable and sustainable urban housing.
Empowerhouse brings together more than 100 students representing a range of design disciplines—communication design and technology, architecture, sustainable design, interior design, fashion design, and product design—as well as urban policy, management, and engineering. Through partnerships with Habitat for Humanity Washington DC and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, the project reflects Parsons' focus on the real-world impact of design by developing housing for the local DC community of Deanwood.