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  1. AIA|LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

    AIA|LA Announces Restaurant Design Awards Finalists

    The American Institute of Architects Los Angeles (AIA|LA) has announced the top nominees for the 9th-annual Restaurant Design Awards, held at Dwell on Design. This year’s jury—consisting of writer...

    written by: Kristen W. Terry

  2. Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco
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    Striking Slatted Wood and Glass Home in San Francisco

    Teaming up with architect Craig Steely, an industrial designer and a mechanical engineer find just the right design for a striking home on a San Francisco hill.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Ian Allen

  3. Venice Biennale: Arsenale
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    Venice Biennale: Arsenale

    I was once told, "If you ever go to the Venice Biennale, you will see all of the architecture that the world will be seeing for the next two years."  So here I am, at the opening of...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu

  4. True Hollywood Story

    True Hollywood Story

    For over seventy years, through 7,000 photography sessions, and with 70,000 negatives, Julius Shulman captured the elusive spirit of architecture with an unerring eye and indefatigable character....

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Catherine Ledner

  5. Modern in Lexington, Kentucky
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    Modern in Lexington, Kentucky

    The Miller House is an unusual architectural specimen. No, not the Miller House by Richard Neutra or Eero Saarinen. This Miller house was designed by Jose Oubrerie, and most likely, you haven't...

    written by: Jodie Bass
    photos by: Jodie Bass

  6. A Tale of Two Houses
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    A Tale of Two Houses

    When Ulrich Fleischmann approached architect Maki Kuwayama, of Unit A Architecture in Stuttgart, Germany, to design a home and office space, he was looking for a deal. Fleischmann wanted two houses...

    written by: Deborah Bishop

  7. Houston, TX
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    Houston, TX

    In Houston, where bigger means better and suburbanites in SUVs dominate the highways, architects Dawn Finley and Mark Wamble are anomalies: Their domestic lives fit into 1,200 square feet, and...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy

  8. Ahead of Its Class
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    Ahead of Its Class

    “How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen

  9. Solid Gold

    Solid Gold

    When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh

  10. Basic Instincts
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    Basic Instincts

    Matt Jacobson doesn’t just abide by the mantra “less is more,” he wholeheartedly embraces it. His Southern California home is a compact ode to minimal living.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen

  11. Coop Dreams

    Coop Dreams

    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark

  12. On a Rock in a Hard Place
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    On a Rock in a Hard Place

    In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: John Clark

  13. Prefab, Proven
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    Prefab, Proven

    In January 2003, we issued a challenge to 16 architects: Design a modern prefab home for $200,000. Here’s the story of the house that resulted from that challenge—and what we learned...

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Roger Davies

  14. Passive Houses in Stockholm

    Passive Houses in Stockholm

    Back in early 2008, we wrote about a new suburban development by Swedish architecture firm Smedshammar + Holmberg, which was meant to set a new precedent in Sweden for housing innovation. Now...

    written by: Sarah Rich

  15. Time-Lapse Prefab

    Time-Lapse Prefab

    I interviewed Peter Anderson of Anderson Anderson Architecture for our "American Prefab: A Shopper's Guide" story in the December/January issue, and found the firm's backstory and...

    written by: Jaime Gillin

  16. A Forgotten Insurance Building Finds New Life as a Humming High School

    A Forgotten Insurance Building Finds New Life as a Humming High School

    Following a sensitive renovation at the hands of DSH // architecture, the Larchmont Charter High School in Los Angeles settles into a midcentury gem originally designed by Welton Becket.

    photos by: Nico Marques

  17. Plan of Steel
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    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor

  18. OAN's Classroom Design Winner

    OAN's Classroom Design Winner

    Earlier this year we wrote about Open Architecture Network's challenge to create a better classroom design that can accommodate the anticipated surge in student numbers worldwide over the next five...

    written by: Sarah Rich

  19. Design-Build Time-Lapse

    Design-Build Time-Lapse

    TYIN Tegnestue, the Norwegian architecture firm founded by Andreas Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad in 2007, has made it their work and passion to build locally inspired, cleverly designed structures...

    written by: Jaime Gillin

  20. Hollywood Renovation: Week 3

    Hollywood Renovation: Week 3

    In this new, exclusive series for, Linda Taalman of Taalman Koch Architecture will track the hands-on renovation of her and her partner's live-work space in Los Angeles. Week 3 proje...

    written by: Linda Taalman

  21. We Recommend

    Photo of the Week: Beautiful Hotel Made Up of Tiny Pods

    Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.

    written by: Allie Weiss

  22. Re:Vision Dallas Winners

    Re:Vision Dallas Winners

    With plans to turn a massive downtown Dallas parking lot into an exemplar of green design, Re:Vision Dallas announced last week that it had chosen three finalists in an architecture competition...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  23. Forging a New Path for the Waterways of New York City

    Forging a New Path for the Waterways of New York City

    With a series of community-minded projects, an architecture team sets out to revitalize New York City’s waterways.

    written by: Allie Weiss

  24. Piano and Pfifer Win AIA Awards

    Piano and Pfifer Win AIA Awards

    The American Institute of Architects has unveiled its 2009 Honor Awards, an annual event in which 25 projects in architecture, interiors, and urban planning are recognized as exemplary works. Two...

    written by: Jamie Waugh

  25. Interview with Jürgen Mayer H.: Part II

    Interview with Jürgen Mayer H.: Part II

    Last week I sat down over an Anchor Steam with Jurgen Mayer H. of the Berlin-based architecture firm J. Mayer H. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's cafe. In the first part of my...

    written by: Aaron Britt