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  1. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
    Green

    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

  2. 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

  3. Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat
    Renovation

    Jens Risom's Block Island Family Retreat

    Designer Jens Risom returns to his 1967 prefab off the coast of Rhode Island, readying it for his family's next generation.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Floto + Warner
    12.24.12

  4. Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings
    Houses We Love

    Seattle Home Carefully Blocks Out Neighbors, While Celebrating Natural Surroundings

    Melding corrugated metal with Douglas Fir wood, a sustainable home in Seattle brings nature inside while preserving a couple’s privacy.

    written by: Laura C. Mallonee
    12.04.14

  5. LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate
    A Great Idea

    LEGO Blocks Made from Chocolate

    File under fantasy materials: LEGO-like blocks made from chocolate. In a Willy Wonka-esque move, designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created a comestible that can be used to construct edible models....

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.15.14

  6. Modern History on the Block
    Post

    Modern History on the Block

    Make of it what you will: Welton Becket's "House of Tomorrow" is in foreclosure.

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.03.08

  7. 8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks
    A Great Idea

    8 Surprising Uses for Cinder Blocks

    Cement blocks, commonly used to strengthen and insulate a building, are usually covered up. Left bare, they can also offer a minimalist variation on the traditional red brick theme.

    08.26.14

  8. How To

    The Pi Table: Building a Block

    With raw material in hand, they painstakingly assemble their scraps into a solid, ten-foot-long block that is eight inches square. To achieve the striated pattern of cascading bands that is...

    01.01.09

  9. Designer's Block
    Design 101

    Designer's Block

    While some of Joe Columbo’s designs have proven the test of time (Alitalia still uses his plastic flatware), others were simply ahead of their time.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    01.30.09

  10. Mini Block Lamp by Design House Stockholm
    Product

    Mini Block Lamp by Design House Stockholm

    The famed lamp that Design House Stockholm created some 20 years ago is now available in a smaller, more compact version.

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.09.12

  11. Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth
    Green

    Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

    A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Ian Allen
    10.20.14

  12. The Living: Using Biology as a Building Block
    Dwell on Design

    The Living: Using Biology as a Building Block

    Brooklyn-based architecture firm The Living, run by David Benjamin, aims to use biology to challenge traditional building methods. The winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2014, the...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    09.24.14

  13. Made in America: 7 Products from the Midwest
    Product Reviews

    Made in America: 7 Products from the Midwest

    In our Modern Across America issue, we rounded up the best American-made products from across the country. Here's a look at some of the best products from the Midwest.

    written by: Dwell Staff
    06.18.14

  14. Playshapes by millergoodman
    Product

    Playshapes by millergoodman

    Last week, Assistant Editor Jordan Kushins brought you millergoodman's Shapemaker wooden block set.

    written by: Charlotte West
    10.09.09

  15. Pod Living
    Green

    Pod Living

    A pair of Arizona–based architects prove that sleeping in a pod is hardly an extraterrestrial experience.

    written by: David Proffitt
    photos by: Bill Timmerman
    04.21.09

  16. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 2
    Renovation

    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 2

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 2:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    09.28.11

  17. Re:Vision Dallas Design Charrette
    Post

    Re:Vision Dallas Design Charrette

    On Friday of last week I attended the Re:Vision Dallas design charrette, one that hopes to remake a blighted city block of downtown Dallas into a haven of sustainable design and a catalyst for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.11.08

  18. How To: Colorblock
    Post

    How To: Colorblock

    The biggest fashion trend to emerge from the past season was, without a doubt, color-blocking. Color-blocking is a bold way to successfully coordinate contrasting colors—and it works well in...

    written by: Samantha Hobbs
    02.11.13

  19. Green Dorm Design
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    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
    11.07.08

  20. Sale: William Stout Architectural Books
    Post

    Sale: William Stout Architectural Books

    Our friends around the block at William Stout Architectural Books are having a big sale today through Saturday, offering 25 percent off all in-print titles in the store and online.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.19.09

  21. Post

    You're Not Crazy, Drones Really Could Be Trying to Infiltrate Your Home

    Is that a drone hovering near your property line? Drew Porter’s pocket-size radio device for compromising entire smart homes can be effective three or more blocks away from a target. This means...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    07.16.15

  22. 12 Wooden Product Designs We Love

    12 Wooden Product Designs We Love

    From sharp-edged salt and pepper shakers to children's blocks, check out these ten designs clad in the arguably most viable material, wood.

    07.08.13

  23. Home Furnishings: Mag-Neato
    --The Future of

    Home Furnishings: Mag-Neato

    For almost a decade Dwell has printed countless examples of new furniture designs, but with a handful of exceptions, little has been offered—–to us or to you—–in the way of...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    12.16.09

  24. 10 Modern Low-Tech Toys
    Product Reviews

    10 Modern Low-Tech Toys

    Providing fresh, colorful alternatives to the plugged-in entertainment devices of today, these designs—including a couple of highlights from the Dwell Store—modernize classic pastimes and celebrate...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.04.14

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