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  1. A Lot to Love
    Green

    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  2. Lina Bo Bardi
    Profiles

    Lina Bo Bardi

    Architect Lina Bo Bardi, born Achillina Bo in Rome in 1914, made an indelible mark on mid-century Brazilian architecture and design after emigrating there following the destruction of her office in...

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.18.10

  3. Z for Two
    Green

    Z for Two

    In Portland, Oregon, two adjoining six-story homes on a formerly run-down urban lot add to the neighborhood’s density and its green cred.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Shawn Records
    07.30.10

  4. A Renovated Eichler Home in San Rafael, California
    Renovation

    A Renovated Eichler Home in San Rafael, California

    Faced with the unique challenge of renovating the work of mid-century master, design principal Stephen Shoup of building Lab worked to replace austerity with intimacy. Adding fencing and windows,...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    photos by: Scott Hargis
    03.25.14

  5. Less is...
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    Less is...

    Less is more. Or maybe, less is a bore. Perhaps, less is only more when more is no good. Regardless of whether you agree with the modernist motto of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe ("Less is more&qu...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.11.09

  6. Take Note at the CCA
    Event Spotlight

    Take Note at the CCA

    The 1960s was a prolific era of writing in architecture as masters penned their frustrations with the field and pushed it to become an element of pop culture while also increasing its intellectual...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.17.10

  7. Czech Trek at the Biennale
    Travel Reports

    Czech Trek at the Biennale

    Out of all of the exhibits at the Venice Biennale this year, I spent the most time sitting and playing inside the pavilion of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Along with being interactive, dynamic,...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    09.16.10

  8. Villa La Roche
    Travel Reports

    Villa La Roche

    Nestled in a leafy alleyway in Paris's famous 16th arrondissement, Villa La Roche is a prime reflection of modernist architecture in France.  Built between 1923 and 1925 by Le Corbusier, it...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    07.13.10

  9. Emerald in the Rough
    House Tours

    Emerald in the Rough

    An architect and artist flee Dublin for the countryside to build a biodegradable house and raise their children.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Cornelius Scriba
    01.19.09

  10. Less Is Amore
    House Tours

    Less Is Amore

    With its architectural history reaching back to the ancient Greeks, Syracuse, on the island of Sicily, has plenty of old bones. In 2001, while still students, native sons Francesco (now an...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    05.08.11

  11. Luyanda Mpahlwa
    Profiles

    Luyanda Mpahlwa

    In Mitchell’s Plain township in Cape Town, South Africa, living conditions are harsh. The congested urban landscape pushes kids into the streets to play. Poverty forces reliance on found...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    10.12.09

  12. The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah
    Green

    The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

    In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side of Emigration Canyon.  

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    07.01.10

  13. George Smart
    Profiles

    George Smart

    George Smart, executive director of Triangle Modernist Archive, is a modern-day Lorax for modern-designed houses. In early 2007, a quick Internet search for “Raleigh modernist architecture...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    09.02.09

  14. atelier KS
    Three Buildings

    atelier KS

    On dwell.com, we recently featured atelier KS's Sunset District Renovation--a disaster turned modern-design beauty that we loved. Now, we asked the designers behind the renovation, Kelli Franz and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.08.10

  15. The Best of Dutch Design?
    Books

    The Best of Dutch Design?

    NAi Publishing, in collaboration with the Dutch Design Awards, recently released the 2010 Dutch Design Yearbook, a 216-page atlas of the best, newest, and most innovative work by designers in the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    11.11.10

  16. Borrego Springs' Mod Houses
    Travel Reports

    Borrego Springs' Mod Houses

    I posted some of the mid-century buildings in my last Borrego Springs update, but over the course of my three days in the desert I visited a half dozen really beautiful homes. Lucky for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.18.11

  17. Building the Maxon House: Week 12
    Renovation

    Building the Maxon House: Week 12

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    05.18.11

  18. Page Goolrick's Favorite Buildings
    Three Buildings

    Page Goolrick's Favorite Buildings

    It's fun asking architects what their favorite buildings are; you discover all kinds of cool buildings you didn't know existed, and also gain insight into that architect's design influences. We've...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.04.11

  19. Education by Design
    Profiles

    Education by Design

    Magnet schools are nothing new to the arts and sciences, but Miami's DASH looks to give high schoolers a head start in design.

    written by: Robyn Dutra
    photos by: Daniel De Souza
    05.28.09

  20. Where the Wild Things Aren't
    House Tours

    Where the Wild Things Aren't

    In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: David Hughes
    01.16.09

  21. Barely There
    Green

    Barely There

    If not for the dawn appearance of the bear, which came loping toward Maem Slater-Enns and her then six-month-old daughter as they sat contemplating the water, the Enns family might still be...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Thomas Fricke
    02.01.09

  22. Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
    House Tours

    Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.21.09

  23. Building Blocks
    House Tours

    Building Blocks

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.17.09

  24. Preservation Recommended
    --The Future of

    Preservation Recommended

    With the preservation of mid-century buildings already a touchy subject—–many people are still unwilling to see the value in preserving “modern” architecture—–we...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.09

  25. Take Me Home
    My House

    Take Me Home

    A “tree house” of clean lines, ample glass, and thoughtful ingenuity lets a Washington, DC–area family and a stream of weekend guests enjoy prefab living in an unlikely locale:...

    written by: Jeremy Berlin
    photos by: Chris Mueller
    01.08.09

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