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Editor's note: The Real Estate Roundabout features the latest roundup of news and notes from the very broad real estate landscape. Got an item you'd like us to consider? Send us a note. Barbie's next Dream House Proof positive that there just aren’t enough real homes to be designed in this economy: The American Institute of Architects has partnered with Mattel Inc. to sponsor a contest for AIA members: Design Barbie’s next Dream House. She has rather specific requests for her toy home, according to design guidelines put out by the AIA that are written in Barbie’s “voice." Here’s what Barbie wants: “A sleek, smart home office is important for any doll. The kitchen should be functional and fabulous with top-of-the-line appliances. As the original 'fashionista,' you can imagine how large my closet needs to be! I have unlimited fashions and accessories, so I need lots of shelving, shoe racks and a closet that can be easily organized." Oh, and one more ...