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Tiny Dwelling Designed for Solitary Reflection

Czech designer Jiří Příhoda presented this single-occupancy residence, envisioned as a coastal hideaway, in the courtyard of Prague's Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace during the city's Designblok fair.
October 30, 2014
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This Floating Pool for the East River Is Closer to Reality Than You Think

A motivated group of young architects is working toward constructing a massive floating pool for the New York City public.
October 29, 2014
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Zero-Carbon Prefab Revitalizes an Old English Mine

A mixed-use development transforms a site where the stone that built Bath was unearthed.
October 28, 2014
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Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days

Swedish architect Jonas Wagell has developed a prefabricated cabin concept that takes up a mere 160 square feet.
October 28, 2014

Philippe Starck Dreams Up Super Green Prefab System

The famed designer on how his modular living system offers a new, greener take on housing.
October 27, 2014
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Modern Mud Homes: A New Take on Building in Ghana

A design contest wants Ghanaians to envision modern homes hewn from the material beneath their feet.
October 27, 2014
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Painting the Modern World: Color-Saturated Design and Architecture

We dive into the wonderful world of color in Dwell's October 2014 issue, delving into how designers, architects, artists, hotels, companies, and educators saturate their surroundings.
October 25, 2014
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Midcentury Modern Homes of Palm Springs Under Moonlight

The striking midcentury homes of Palm Springs are well-documented in photographs, books, and films. But simply by capturing the houses at night, Melbourne-based photographer Tom Blachford casts them in a whole new light—literally. In his shots, only moonlight illuminates the homes, which were designed by William Krisel and Dan Palmer in the period between 1955 and 1965. Recently displayed in an exhibition at Modern Times in Melbourne, the prints are also for sale.
October 24, 2014
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Tour Impressive Buildings with Cool Spaces!

Great buildings are fodder for Instagrams and sometimes even architectural pilgrimages. But many admirers know little beyond the architect's name—if that. "Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture" is a PBS program that aims to change that. In the show, host Stephen Chung—who recently joined us at Dwell on Design NY—tours these spaces in order to bring to light the design stories that make them so interesting. The featured venues include performance, education, health, and sacred spaces, among others. Click through the slideshow to see some of the impressive buildings featured on the program.
October 23, 2014