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  1. Small Amidst Sprawl
    My House

    Small Amidst Sprawl

    Rising out of the Texas bayou, Houston is both a sprawling metropolis and the largest city in the United States without zoning regulations. This cause-and-effect relationship has, over time,...

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    01.18.09

  2. Village Green
    My House

    Village Green

    This place was a filthy dump when we bought it,” says Cathryn Barmon, sipping tea in a knockoff Le Corbusier chair. “I didn’t want to go barefoot until we’d redone the...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.18.09

  3. Exploring the Plastiki
    Travel Reports

    Exploring the Plastiki

    Plastic waste is a huge problem. Single-use containers and products are clogging up our ecosystems, and the statistics are staggering: of the nearly 230 million tons of plastic the world uses...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.17.09

  4. Pretty Super
    House Tours

    Pretty Super

    The super's unit was anything but in this Upper West side co-op, however architect Brad Zizmor saw potential in the apartment nobody could love. A re-imagined interior and gracious new outdoor...

    written by: Michael Cannell
    photos by: Roland Bello
    01.15.09

  5. Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18
    Week in Review

    Events This Weekend: 10.16-10.18

    I’m in Buffalo this week visiting friends and family—and getting the chance to check out the new visitors’ center at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House, the Eleanor...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.09

  6. Underdone
    Essay

    Underdone

    At least 19 unfinished renovation projects currently reside within the crotchety old puzzle box of a house that I share with my wife, Keri. Together, the 21 of us live in a spirit of communal...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    03.20.10

  7. Friday Finds 3.19.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 3.19.2010

    We return with our editors' favorite links of the week, featuring everything from Ikea's latest advertising campaign in Paris to a video of a youngish Tom Waits reading Charles Bukowski.

    03.19.10

  8. Lego Island
    Finishing Touch

    Lego Island

    Step back, Jacobsen, Utzon, Kjaerholm, Wegner, and all you other great Danes. When it comes to Danish design domination, the unrivaled champ is undoubtedly the almighty plastic brick—Lego.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    03.19.10

  9. Events this Weekend: 3.18-21
    Week in Review

    Events this Weekend: 3.18-21

    This weekend, Peter Cook curates an exhibit of the next great architects, the Vitra Design Museum reopens its doors for a new exhibit showcasing modern icons and their influences, the Industry...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.18.10

  10. The Hill Bathroom
    --Make It Yours

    The Hill Bathroom

    When designer Barbara Hill decided to renovate her 1960s condo in Houston, Texas, she stripped the bathroom down to its bare bones and saw beauty in the blemishes.

    written by: Fred A. Bernstein
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    10.09.09

  11. Western Promises
    Essay

    Western Promises

    William McDonough + Partners’ design for a small village in northeastern China was meant to stand as a model for sustainable development. Instead, it proves that the pursuit of better design...

    written by: Timothy Lesle
    03.16.10

  12. Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon
    Post

    Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon

    It’s the site where wars are protested, dreams declared, and millions still march, but on October 9 the National Mall in Washington, DC, will host a new revolution.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.07.09

  13. Built-In Style
    My House

    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  14. The Prefab Decade
    Essay

    The Prefab Decade

    Founding Dwell editor-in-chief Karrie Jacobs visited MoMA's Home Delivery exhibition and finds that prefab might not change our homes, but it could change our architects.

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    03.09.10

  15. The Airstream Life
    House Tours

    The Airstream Life

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and...

    photos by: Mark Compton
    09.24.09

  16. One Room Fits All
    House Tours

    One Room Fits All

    New Yorkers often work, eat, sleep, and entertain in a single room. But for Milan Hughston, a renovation turned that predicament into a pleasure.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Grant Delin
    05.04.09

  17. Prefab Parlance
    Design 101

    Prefab Parlance

    From Kynar and Galvalume to SIPs, the terminology associated with prefab construction can be daunting. We asked a handful of architects and designers to help us build a prefab glossary of the top...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    03.01.10

  18. Friday Finds 2.26.2010
    Week in Review

    Friday Finds 2.26.2010

    We continue, undaunted, braving the wilds of the Internet, to bring you these hard-won links.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    02.26.10

  19. Living on Water: Floating Villages
    Travel Reports

    Living on Water: Floating Villages

    During my jaunt to Cambodia last month, when I was not hauling bricks to build an outdoor school kitchen with my studio, I had the chance to see a multitude of informal building in both urban and...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    02.25.10

  20. Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism
    Post

    Mobile Cottages for Arctic Tourism

    While most Dwell readers know Artek as the Finnish design company founded by Alvar and Aino Aalto, there's another Artek not too far away with a very different profile: a research and training...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    09.16.09

  21. Solar Decathlon 09 Blog
    Post

    Solar Decathlon 09 Blog

    Though I missed it in 2007, I did get to the US Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon in Washington DC in 2005, and wrote about it. It was a wonderful culmination of the latest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.14.09

  22. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
    Green

    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  23. Ma-dular Building in Austin
    Post

    Ma-dular Building in Austin

    The Music and Technology festivals that make up South by Southwest may have come and gone but that doesn't mean that innovation can't still be found in Austin, Texas. Austin based firm KRDB have...

    04.06.09

  24. Koji Tsutsui
    Profiles

    Koji Tsutsui

    In September 2008, architect Koji Tsutsui accepted the Ceramic Tiles of Italy award for designing a modern, white-tiled residence in Tokyo. One day later, he traded the spotlights of European...

    08.30.09

  25. Architect Matthew Hufft
    Interviews

    Architect Matthew Hufft

    Matthew Hufft is the principal and founder of Hufft Projects and the fabrication stuido MAKE, both young Kansas City, Missouri, firms that we've been keeping an eye on here at Dwell. After a phone...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.02.10

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