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  1. 8 Modern Backyard Furniture Designs and Accessories

    8 Modern Backyard Furniture Designs and Accessories

    This year's summer solstice is rapidly approacing (three days!), so in honor, we've rounded up eight of our favorite furniture picks to outfit your backyard with. Happy lounging!


  2. 10 Great Products for Outdoor Lounging

    10 Great Products for Outdoor Lounging

    We've rounded up ten of our favorite products to make your lounging hangouts a little more comfortable and fun.


  3. Remade Wasteland
    A Great Idea

    Remade Wasteland

    As the United States moves into the post-industrial era, it’s the rare city that doesn’t find itself with too many abandoned factory-age relics and too few parks. After fits and starts...


  4. And the World Views Winners Are...
    A Great Idea

    And the World Views Winners Are...

    In our World Views photography competition, we teamed up with Blurb and challenged Dwellers everywhere to take a shot and share their view of the modern world. You answered our call and now,...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill

  5. Hideaway Cachet
    A Great Idea

    Hideaway Cachet

    A quirky mountain refuge by French designer Charlotte Perriand is an ingenious take on small-space living.

    written by: Kelsey Keith

  6. An Introduction to City Parks
    Design 101

    An Introduction to City Parks

    An afternoon in the park has evolved from picnicking in the local cemetery to sun-bathing atop a retrofitted railroad trestle. Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron walks us...

    written by: Inga Saffron

  7. Edit Your Life
    Design 101

    Edit Your Life

    Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly. But the rest of us need to sharpen our metaphorical red...

    written by: Dan Maginn

  8. Let's Get Small
    Design 101

    Let's Get Small

    A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

    written by: Dan Maginn

  9. Hive Design

    Hive Design

    The recent disappearance of vast numbers of worker bees from their colonies sounded an unexpectedly resonant ecological alarm. It quickly became clear—to beekeepers, scientists, and the...

    written by: Sarah Rich

  10. Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden

    Pair Your Modern Home with a No-Fuss Garden

    Architect Cory Buckner has become Los Angeles’ resident A. Quincy Jones expert. Here, she shares tips on how to complement iconic modern architecture with water-saving tricks.

    written by: Erika Heet

  11. Branch Out: 8 Modern Tree Houses

    Branch Out: 8 Modern Tree Houses

    Release your inner child by hanging around a modern tree house.

    written by: Andrea Smith

  12. Steve Lambert

    Steve Lambert

    Office workers ride zip lines down the streets of San Francisco, where a roller coaster has been installed as a new form of public transport: Welcome to the artistic world of Steve Lambert, who...

    written by: Dwell Staff

  13. Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

    Sir Nicholas Grimshaw

    "One of the good things about doing decent public design in a prominent place is that people look at it and say: Why can’t we have that everywhere?”  

    written by: Alec Appelbaum

  14. Carneros Inn's Green Water System

    Carneros Inn's Green Water System

    A couple months back I stayed at the Plumpjack-owned Carneros Inn in Napa County. A more bucolic location you could not imagine, but beyond its tasty fare and sylvan setting, the Carneros has a...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  15. Q&A with Pakistan's First Female Architect

    Q&A with Pakistan's First Female Architect

    As profiled in our "Women of Influence" roundup in our July/August 2012 issue, Yasmeen Lari is the closest thing Pakistan has to a design superhero. After years working as an architect,...

    written by: Jaime Gillin

  16. Mud Mavens: Mud Girls Founder Jen Gobby

    Mud Mavens: Mud Girls Founder Jen Gobby

    Just off Canada's west coast near Vancouver is a paradise for self-sufficiency seekers. Approximately five miles wide and thirteen-and-a-half miles long, Lasqueti Island is home to poets, artists,...

    written by: Carren Jao

  17. Terra Ephemera

    Terra Ephemera

    Whether spanning acres or encased in amorphous glass ecospheres, Paula Hayes's singular landscapes blur the boundary between art and nature—and redefine the relationship between art and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Raimund Koch

  18. Razing Arizona

    Razing Arizona

    Matthew Moore has found himself in the curious position of being both an artist and a fourth-generation farmer, working and living in the greater Phoenix area, one of the nation’s fastest-growing...

    written by: Amber Bravo

  19. Rebuilt This CIty!

    Rebuilt This CIty!

    The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...

    written by: Christopher Bright

  20. Pooling Our Resources

    Pooling Our Resources

    After disappearing almost 70 years ago, the New York floating pool is making a comeback.

    written by: Tim McKeough

  21. From Commune to Commonplace

    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun

  22. Not Just Skating By

    Not Just Skating By

    For years, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has ranted about wanting to build a skate plaza: a skate park integrated into the urban environment as a landscaped, multi-use public space. When he...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    photos by: Amanda Marsalis

  23. Camp Counsel

    Camp Counsel

    Architecture professor Laura Terry and her students spent a summer designing and creating new facilities for young campers with physical and developmental disabilities.

    written by: William Lamb

  24. Investing in the Market

    Investing in the Market

    With its community market initiative, PPS reinvents the public square on the international scale.

    written by: Amara Holstein

  25. Design for the Public

    Design for the Public

    Public Architecture forges ahead into uncharted territory, and creates a model for fitting pro bono work into the daily practice of every firm.  

    written by: Ann Wilson
    photos by: Emily Nathan