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Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.
October 20, 2014

7 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American family of four using 400 gallons of water each day—which means it's time to investigate ways to reduce your home's water consumption. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the backyard, these seven water-wise systems will help limit your home's footprint.
October 20, 2014
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The Living: Using Biology as a Building Block

Brooklyn-based architecture firm The Living, run by David Benjamin, aims to use biology to challenge traditional building methods. The winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2014, the firm filled the museum's courtyard with three towers made of carbon-neutral bricks that were engineered from corn stalks and a mushroom material. Benjamin will join us at Dwell on Design NY to chat about how the built world can engender a healthy population.
September 24, 2014
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Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.
September 18, 2014
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Modern Prefab Cabins for California State Parks

Students dream up modular structures for camping around California parklands.
September 15, 2014
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Forging a New Path for the Waterways of New York City

With a series of community-minded projects, an architecture team sets out to revitalize New York City’s waterways.
September 10, 2014
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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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