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  1. The Airstream Life
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    The Airstream Life

    First came the idea. Then came the late nights of Craigslist searching. And then it happened quickly: a trip to a derelict horse ranch in the Salinas Valley, an exchange of cash in an old barn, and...

    photos by: Mark Compton
    09.24.09

  2. The Brick Weave House in Chicago
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    The Brick Weave House in Chicago

    Born as a horse stable, the Brick Weave House in Chicago is all about transportation and transparency. A clever renovation has made it the most compelling architecture on the block and home to a...

    written by: Blair Kamin
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    08.31.09

  3. And the Parkitecture Winner Is...
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    And the Parkitecture Winner Is...

    After much discussion around the Dwell headquarters, it's finally time to announce the winner of the Parkitecture Design Competition!

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    11.23.09

  4. Solar: Lease or Own?
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    Solar: Lease or Own?

    One of the most common obstacles to going green is upfront costs (though we all know the long-term savings are plentiful). Many new homes are built solar-ready, with intentions of installing panels...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.19.09

  5. The Shipping Muse
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    The Shipping Muse

    Shipping containers are ubiquitous in Houston, though unlike the four that make up this new home, they're usually filled with foreign goods rather than flourishing lives.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    08.31.09

  6. Built-In Style
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    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  7. Engraved House
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    Engraved House

    As artist Christopher Griffin and aesthetician Oresta Korbutiak prepared to renovate their live-work space in Ottawa, the couple sought an architect who would respect the bones of the building, the...

    written by: Erika Heet
    11.11.09

  8. Kids' Room Renovation
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    Kids' Room Renovation

    A baby's arrival is cause for celebration—and for many, it's also a time to confront limited living space. For one Parisian couple, living in a cramped but loved apartment in the 10th...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    12.30.09

  9. Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
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    Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    05.13.09

  10. NYC Vertical Neighborhood?
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    NYC Vertical Neighborhood?

    In the highly contested 53 West 53rd Street site in Manhattan, Axis Mundi has revealed an alternatively 'diverse' design for the new Hines Tower, future home to the Museum of Modern Art's planned...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.16.09

  11. 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
    10.19.09

  12. An Atypical Tree House
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    An Atypical Tree House

    When a 40-year-old pine tree fell over at the rear of a Brentwood estate in Los Angeles a few years back, its owner, an art lover and a philanthropist, let it lie. The tree revived itself,...

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.28.09

  13. Hoagies' Heroes
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    Hoagies' Heroes

    Best friends since middle school, Casey Patten and David Mazza have a passion for their up-and-coming slice of Washington, DC, matched only by their commitment to making you the best damn sandwich...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: João Canziani
    07.16.09

  14. Marmol Radziner Prefab
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    Marmol Radziner Prefab

    Amid the industrial expanse of Vernon, California, Marmol Radziner Prefab’s factory-built homes are pieced together in a process akin to the assembly lines made famous by Henry Ford.

    written by: Jessica Hundley
    03.16.09

  15. Welcome to the Jungle
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    Welcome to the Jungle

    In Central America, Spanish colonial architecture prevails. But the creeping tide of modernism—represented here by the home of architect José Roberto Paredes—is signaling that...

    written by: Sonja Hall
    photos by: Paco Perez
    04.14.09

  16. Linus Bikes
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    Linus Bikes

    As cities with hills steeper than black diamond ski slopes go, San Francisco is exceptionally bike-friendly. Drivers are trained (most of the time) to look for cyclists before opening their car...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    07.07.09

  17. Modern Awakening
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    Modern Awakening

    In Salt Lake City, a place not renowned for progressive architecture, Brent Jespersen built a luminous canyon retreat—using his architect father and a famed Utah modernist as his guides.

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    06.01.09

  18. Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)
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    Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)

    Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Todd Hido
    09.21.09

  19. Operation Desert Shed
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    Operation Desert Shed

    Architect Lloyd Russell’s design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  20. Farm Fresh
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    Farm Fresh

    Nobody ever said farming was easy, but the rewards of a homegrown harvest are great. On six acres of fertile land in the heart of rural Iowa, Geoff and Joanna Mouming mix modern home design with a...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    10.29.09

  21. The W Hollywood Residences
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    The W Hollywood Residences

    A transit-oriented mixed-use development in image-obsessed Hollywood? You bet your Botox. This Dwell on Design partner delivers something the hood's been craving: Sustainable, high-density glitz.

    written by: Alissa Walker
    05.20.09

  22. Designy-ness vs. Design
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    Designy-ness vs. Design

    Where is the line between design and "designy-ness"? A recent essay got us thinking about how consumers identify real innovation beneath a cosmetically enhanced product. Join the debate.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    08.17.09

  23. Sliding House
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    Sliding House

    If ever there were evidence that architectural innovation knows no limits, the Sliding House by London-based de Rijke, Marsh and Morgan (dRMM) is it.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.16.09

  24. Four Walls and a Screw-Top
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    Four Walls and a Screw-Top

    What does a $9.99 bottle of screw-top wine have to do with a prefab house? Vetter Denk made the connections in an innovative getaway for an enterprising vintner.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: J.J. Sulin
    08.21.09

  25. Toronto, Ontario
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    Toronto, Ontario

    Toronto, Ontario, is one metropolis that never ceases to amaze me with its never-ceasing construction. I grew up in Buffalo, New York, and always loved being able to see the city from across Lake...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.16.09

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