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Reimagining the San Francisco Waterfront

One of five shortlisted design teams, Snøhetta proposed a scheme for 13 acres of new parkland in San Francisco's Presidio district that celebrates the natural beautiful of the waterfront site. Click through the slideshow to see the proposal. Snøhetta director Claire Fellman will join us at Dwell on Design New York to discuss New York City's terra firma and pedestrian-friendly future.
September 8, 2014

Can the Los Angeles River Start a New Chapter?

An ambitious, year-long civic engagement project wants Angelenos to play along their waterway.
September 5, 2014
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Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
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Easy Urban Gardening with Bosske Planters

New Zealand–based Bosske derives its name from “bosky,” an old English word meaning “small forest.” Expanding on this concept, Bosske creates gardening products for small spaces, including indoor environments like apartments. Bosske’s line of products also includes self-watering reservoirs that enable them to practically care for themselves, making them ideal planters for busy professionals. Find the planters in the Dwell Store.
August 8, 2014
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Modern Gabled House in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.
August 4, 2014
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Tree House Retreat Made of Repurposed Materials

An artist crafts a sustainable tree house in the Puerto Rican tropics as an inventive take on the exhibition space.
July 30, 2014
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The Most Impressive Green Homes in Chicago

Now in its second year, the GreenBuilt Home tour showed the curious a cross-section of Chicago’s new sustainable and eco-friendly homes. The open dialogue about cost and comparable energy bills (many of the homes with solar panels proudly displayed utility bills with $0 owed) suggest the continued cost-effectiveness of these homes is making them a much bigger part of the conversation. Click through the slideshow for a look at some of our favorite green homes from the tour.
July 30, 2014
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The Future of Gardening: Drought-Resistant Plants

Out of necessity, water-wise native plantings are an integral part of landscape design. We consult experts on how to acclimatize on a local and a global scale.
July 18, 2014
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How to Make Your Garden Water-Free

Landscape architect Brennan Cox, principal of San Francisco–based Groundworks, explores the best approaches to drought-tolerant landscaping practices that can be implemented anywhere in the world.
July 18, 2014
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