I was on inhabitat.com today and saw this homeless shelter concept that was created by 12-year old Max Wallack.  The structure is lightweight, sturdy, insulated with packing peanuts and made entirely from recycled materials. It recently took first place in PBS Design Squad's  Trash to Treasure competition.

I was just joking with a friend about how we all need to look for our new niche to deal with the current economy.  Our idea, be it 100% humour masking angst, was to design fantastic looking homeless shelters.  The best we came up with was a cardboard box with a skylight.  Thank you Max for blowing our idea out of the water!

[Source + Photo: www.inhabitat.com]