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  1. Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space
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    Peter Fehrentz’s 7 Tips for Transforming A Small Space

    Previously featured in our November issue, Small Spaces Big Ideas, Dwell toured the inside of Peter Fehrentz's recently renovated 646-square-foot apartment in Berlin. With many clever space-saving...

    written by: Jami Smith

  2. The Dwell Guide to Smart Design in Tiny Spaces
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    The Dwell Guide to Smart Design in Tiny Spaces

    Tight quarters prove especially challenging. If you're at a loss on how to squeeze the most out of your small space, consider the expert advice and furniture picks that will help your bantam-sized...

    written by: Diana Budds

  3. Design 101

    8 Space-Saving Hacks for Small Kitchens

    May the following tips for kitchens inspire you to reduce, reuse, declutter, and organize your small kitchen in style.

    written by: Erika Heet

  4. Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab
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    Small, Green, and Mighty: Hurricane-Proof Prefab

    A new prefab company represents the future of low-impact affordable housing.

    written by: Diana Budds

  5. Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft
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    Amazing Transformation of a Musty Attic Into a Luminous Loft

    In Seattle, an architect transforms a cramped space into a flexible family gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ye-h Photography

  6. A Serene Nakashima Bathroom Survives
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    A Serene Nakashima Bathroom Survives

    George Nakashima’s sublime Japanese-style bathroom endures at his rural estate.

    written by: Diana Budds

  7. Retail Therapy

    Retail Therapy

    In the great American quest for more stuff, big-box stores are nirvana, laden with cheaply priced items by the ton, from diamond earrings to toilet paper. So isn’t it a good thing that many...

    written by: Amara Holstein

  8. Long Division

    Long Division

    The dark, primeval mountains and jagged ravines of New Zealand are free of rampaging Orcs, but Middle-earth, 2007, has another nuisance on the loose. It is the load-bearing truck, carrying a quaint...

    written by: Karen Pakula

  9. Drumming Up Design

    Drumming Up Design

    Brotherly love takes many forms; in the case of Rob and Eric Brill, it’s a shared passion for modernism. Rob, the younger of the two and a rock musician, recently completed the second of two live...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Noah Webb

  10. The Eco-Design Movement
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    The Eco-Design Movement

    Manifesto: Bruce Sterling, “Viridian Design Speech” (1998)

    written by: Barry Katz

  11. Going Coastal

    Going Coastal

    It’s impossible to ignore nature in Big Sur.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Robert Canfield

  12. Density Down Under

    Density Down Under

    Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Simon Devitt

  13. Steel and Magnolias

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder

  14. 101 Being Green
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    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor

  15. California Academy of Sciences Preview
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    California Academy of Sciences Preview

    The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  16. West Coast Green

    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  17. Green Dorm Design

    Green Dorm Design

    When I was in college I lived in a cinder-block walled dorm room.  I'm not complaining, I went to a small art school and had a pretty large room that I only shared with one other person. I...

    written by: Laure Joliet

  18. Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green

    Ace Sustainable Symposium: Talking About Green

    Last week I attended a sustainability symposium focused on furthering the dialog about living "green." It's a ubiquitous term these days that has become as much a marketing tool as an...

    written by: Jordan Kushins

  19. Green

    Blame It On the Rain

    The home’s water collection system makes capturing and storing fresh water so simple that you wonder why cities need a municipal supply at all.


  20. Green


    Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.


  21. Green

    Geothermal Heat Facts and Figures

    No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...


  22. Green


    The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...


  23. Green

    Straw House: Facts and Figures

    Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...


  24. Green


    One piece of correspondence that never darkens the mailbox of this Northern California beach house is a utility bill (nor are guests wandering around swathed in multiple sweaters).


  25. Green

    Around the Lighhouse

    1. Windcatcher The ventilation shafts of the windcatcher reach several feet above the roof to pull cooler outdoor air inside. 2. Photovoltaic array Solar panels extend down the sloped roof, ca...