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  1. Beantown Dream
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    Beantown Dream

    In this tightly packed Northeast city where developers pounce first on any available lot, two young architects found a rare ground-up opportunity.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Roger Davies
    07.01.09

  2. A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London
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    A Colorful, Custom-Built Guesthouse in London

    Thanks to designers Nina Tolstrup and Jack Mama, an aging workshop in London’s once-gritty Bethnal Green is reborn as a colorful, custom-built guesthouse.

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Ben Anders
    11.05.12

  3. Abiquiu Debut
    My House

    Abiquiu Debut

    Abiquiu, New Mexico, owes this rugged new house to a plucky pair of residents, two talented architects and one long-sighted and very gracious loan officer.

    photos by: João Canziani
    01.14.09

  4. A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London
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    A Slender Geothermal Cottage in London

    On an eight-foot-wide site in London, architect Luke Tozer cleverly squeezed in a four-story home equipped with rain-water-harvesting and geothermal systems.  

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Charlie Crane
    06.01.10

  5. Bellemo & Cat's Cradle
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    Bellemo & Cat's Cradle

    Architect-sculptor double act Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo first came to our attention with their Cocoon weekender, a steel-clad blimp suspended in a canopy on the Australian coastline.

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Prue Ruscoe
    02.27.09

  6. Allez Design! NYC's Iron Designer
    Travel Reports

    Allez Design! NYC's Iron Designer

    With the Hearst Tower and the New York Times Building gleaming in the distance, the inaugural Iron Designer Challenge was held on the rooftop at the Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    06.22.10

  7. Massie Produced
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    Massie Produced

    Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Henrik Knudsen
    01.14.09

  8. The View From Phoenix
    Travel Reports

    The View From Phoenix

    Earlier this week, I spent two days in Phoenix, reporting a story for Dwell's upcoming December/January issue. My second afternoon, local architects Cy Keener and Jay Atherton offered to take me on...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.30.10

  9. The New Suburbanism
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    The New Suburbanism

    When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.04.09

  10. Structural Panels
    Design 101

    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  11. 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
    05.01.09

  12. To Be or Not to Be... Licensed
    Design 101

    To Be or Not to Be... Licensed

    In the United States, it’s illegal to call yourself an architect unless you have been licensed by a state—a process requiring a degree in architecture, years of apprenticeship, and a...

    written by: Hope Reeves
    05.27.09

  13. New Topographics at the SFMoMA
    Event Spotlight

    New Topographics at the SFMoMA

    On Saturday, July 17, New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape opens at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The exhibit is a restaging of the 1975 show New Topographics, which...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.16.10

  14. Events this Weekend: 1.14-17
    Week in Review

    Events this Weekend: 1.14-17

    This long weekend sees two exhibition openings and two closings worth checking out: a look at Iannis Xenakis's work and the changing understanding of "landscape" in New York, Daniel...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.14.10

  15. 7 Vintage Design Picks from Etsy
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    7 Vintage Design Picks from Etsy

    While trawling Etsy for to find some vintage collectibles, these items stood out for their affordability and good looks. So in the event that you can't scour through flea markets and antique stores...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.19.12

  16. Winter Wonderlands
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    Winter Wonderlands

    The chill of winter is soon to set in. Thinking toward blustery days ahead, we've corralled a series of modern homes set amid snowy surroundings and with cozy interiors, ranging from a cabin built...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.29.12

  17. Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz
    Green

    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    09.17.12

  18. Landscapes of Quarantine
    Event Spotlight

    Landscapes of Quarantine

    In the fall and winter of 2009/2010, Future Plural (the combined forces for former Dwell senior editor and BLDGBLOG author Geoff Manaugh and Edible Geography author Nicola Twilley) held a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.17.10

  19. Lumen on the Horizon
    --The Future of

    Lumen on the Horizon

    There’s a light at the end of the tunnel; this trio of design luminaries tells us precisely how it will work.

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  20. Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes
    Dwell on Design

    Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes

    In 2008, Frank Vafaee, Manish Desai, and Andre Farhang founded Proto Homes. The Los Angeles-based company designs, builds, and sells homes as products. "When you buy a phone or a car, you...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.20.11

  21. Future Classics, Circa 2050?
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    Future Classics, Circa 2050?

    It's something every designer, design writer, and design collector wonders constantly: Will this piece of furniture I made/ hailed in print/ bought still be in vogue in ten (or fifty) years' time?...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    09.02.12

  22. Kirei Instead of Wood?
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    Kirei Instead of Wood?

    Among the ever-expanding sea of wood alternatives, Kirei -- the Japanese character signifying 'beautiful' or 'clean' -- makes some unique materials that can replace your typical (and potentially ...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    09.28.09

  23. Mold It, Cast It
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    Mold It, Cast It

    From the first copper frog cast in Mesopotamia, molding and casting has progressed a long way in the realm of architecture and design since 3200 BC. Here's a roundup of some of our favorite recent...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    04.27.10

  24. A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel
    Travel Reports

    A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel

    I recently made a Peter Zumthor pilgrimage to Switzerland, where many of his seminal works sit within a 40 mile radius one another in the northeastern part of the country. An architectural journey...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    10.05.10

  25. A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland
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    A Mid-Century Modern Home in Southwest Portland

    Living in a state that’s saturated with rain for 
much of the year, Oregonians rightly have an obsession with sunshine.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    03.04.09

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