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  1. Your Design City
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    Your Design City

    The 20 finalists in the Your Design City photography competition on flickr have been announced. The goal is to highlight "contemporary design" in world cities, and to show how good design...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.02.09

  2. Yes We Kamm
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    Yes We Kamm

    Now that the 2010 Honda Insight has been road-tested, and the 2010 Toyota Prius redesign has been revealed, it's time to find out why these two fuel-efficient cars—with two completely...

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.22.09

  3. What the Font?
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    What the Font?

    Ever ask yourself, "Is that Arial or Helvetica?" (Or for type snobs, "Is that Helvetica or Helvetica Neue?") Then WhatTheFont may be the iPhone application for you. WhatTheFont...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.22.09

  4. Urban Sprawl, Squared
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    Urban Sprawl, Squared

    The Places We Live is a new book of extraordinary photographs by Norwegian photographer Jonas Bendiksen, documenting the teeming urban slums and shantytowns of four world cities: Nairobi, Mumbai,...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.13.08

  5. Urban PUMA
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    Urban PUMA

    One of the wonderful things about living in an unhinged time is that no one has any clue what's cool anymore. When we're all trying to keep our heads above water, any idea for making life better is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    04.09.09

  6. Upside-Down Houses
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    Upside-Down Houses

    Upside-down houses have been on my mind lately. Like playing a golf hole backwards or turning a painting on its side, seeing a house topsy-turvy causes us to see the ubiquitous in a new and ...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.21.08

  7. Uniformity of Design
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    Uniformity of Design

    Where do typography, fashion, and history come together every spring, summer, and fall? On pro baseball uniforms, is where.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.21.08

  8. Two Houses Are Better Than One
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    Two Houses Are Better Than One

    Or is one house better than two? For Santa Monica–based architect Jesse Bornstein and his family, both are true.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    07.31.09

  9. Turrell Skyspace Opens
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    Turrell Skyspace Opens

    If you ever wondered where architecture and art intersect, look no further than one of James Turrell's "skyspace" installations.

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.03.08

  10. Toaster Treatise
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    Toaster Treatise

    In addition to being an excellent example of necessity as the mother of invention, Polish designer Martin Žampach's TOAST ONE toaster is a hands-on tour of how a product designer thinks and works....

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.11.08

  11. Titanium Spork
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    Titanium Spork

    When it comes to hard-wearing, utilitarian consumer goods, there are a few acknowledged design classics: Emeco's Navy Chair comes to mind:

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.04.09

  12. This Place Matters
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    This Place Matters

    May is National Preservation Month at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and to celebrate, they've rolled out a new online project called "This Place Matters." The idea is to...

    written by: David A. Greene
    04.18.09

  13. The People's Design Award
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    The People's Design Award

    As part of their National Design Week festivities (Oct. 19 – 25), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is sponsoring an online "People's Design Award."

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.07.08

  14. The Modernist's Muscle Car
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    The Modernist's Muscle Car

    One of the least-hyped (perhaps due to Detroit's doldrums), but most visually exciting cars at the LA Auto Show this year was the 2009 Dodge Challenger. If there were such a thing as a Modernist...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.03.08

  15. The Mini-E Revealed
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    The Mini-E Revealed

    So I actually got to see (and sit in) the much-hyped, all-electric Mini E at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and there were rumors that a fleet of them were seen tooling around Beverly Hills....

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.08.08

  16. The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann
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    The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann

    Michelle Kaufmann's new mkHearth is a semi-prefab house that evokes old-timey barns and vacation-destination chalets. Like all of Kaufmann's celebrity-architect-branded housing products, the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.24.08

  17. The Jonathan
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    The Jonathan

    Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, this proactive architect added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Randi Berez
    03.17.09

  18. The H-Bus Drops
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    The H-Bus Drops

    The first hydrogen-fuel-cell public transit bus west of the Mississippi will make its debut this coming spring in beautiful downtown Burbank, California.

    written by: David A. Greene
    01.09.09

  19. The Electric Mini
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    The Electric Mini

    Now things get interesting: BMW, the corporate parent of Mini Cooper, has announced that an all-electric version of the Mini   will premiere at the Los Angeles car show in January. Dubbed the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.31.08

  20. The Day After
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    The Day After

    The election is finally over. Now what to do with all that campaign crap? (I mean, paraphernalia.)

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.12.08

  21. TH!NK OX
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    TH!NK OX

    The Th!nk Ox is a five-seat concept car introduced last spring at the Geneva Auto Show. According to Th!nk, the Ox will have a range of about 125 miles on a full battery charge, and a top speed of...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.10.08

  22. Taj for All
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    Taj for All

    As the financial apocalypse takes shape, perhaps at its borders will be the early 21st century phenomenon of insanely expensive modern children's furniture. In the good old days, even hedge fund...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.07.09

  23. Sun Mun Way Cool
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    Sun Mun Way Cool

    In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown. Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft is...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.16.09

  24. Stop the Presses
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    Stop the Presses

    It's not often that a recycled component makes a product more valuable than if it were made from virgin material alone, but in the case of Stug Bags, it works.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.07.08

  25. Step into My Office
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    Step into My Office

    A sign of the times? French designer Paul Coudamy's offices for the advertising firm Beast are made entirely from corrugated cardboard. Coudamy's solution to the agency's small budget and tight...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.14.08

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