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Juhani Pallasmaa on Humane Cities, Monumental Architecture, and the Architect's Role in Society

The Finnish architect and international thought leader muses on cities, the impulse to construct, and the poetry of buildings.
August 30, 2015
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Q&A With British Designer Thomas Heatherwick

We caught up with Thomas Heatherwick, eponymous founder of the London-based studio, at the opening of his retrospective exhibition, Provocations, now on view at New York's Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum through Jan. 3.
July 16, 2015
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An Upholstery Expert Shares Which Colors Are Trending and Which Are Here to Stay

Dwell caught up with Danish furniture company BoConcept’s upholstery director, Stefano Sette, at the Santa Monica showroom, where he gave us his insights on the present and future of hue and texture.
June 16, 2015
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Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley Wants to Reconnect Cities with Their Waterways

More than a half-century ago, Houston's flood-prone Buffalo Bayou was unceremoniously turned into a straight sluice to carry excess water to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, the city embarked on a $58 million plan to restore the river’s natural bends and build new wetlands and parks, transforming this onetime eyesore into an urban amenity. Much of the credit for its success goes to Kevin Shanley, a landscape architect and principal at SWA Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. We asked Shanley, who specializes in urban river projects, about the rebirth of the Buffalo Bayou and the benefits of restoring natural habitats to urban waterways.
June 12, 2015
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What It's Like to Work With 99-Year-Old Design Icon Jens Risom

A new collaboration between Chris Hardy and legendary Danish designer
May 15, 2015
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Energy Storage Expert Jim Kelly Brings Renewables to Railroads

Jim Kelly first began pondering the possibilities and limitations of renewables as a senior vice president of transmission and distribution for Southern California Edison. After 38 years with the state’s second-largest utility, he was named CEO of Advanced Rail Energy Storage, or ARES, which developed a system that draws energy from the grid to run weighted rail cars up an incline. When demand spikes, the cars roll downhill and a regenerative braking system generates electricity that is dispatched back to the grid. On the basis of its quarter-scale test facility in California’s Tehachapi Mountains, ARES received its first commercial commission, in 2014, to deliver reliable, renewable energy to Southern California from Nevada by 2017.
May 9, 2015
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Miele Through the Years: Q&A with Markus Miele & Reinhard Zinkann

The great-grandsons of the founders of German appliance company Miele are in it for the long haul.
February 26, 2015
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Your Next Car Might Literally Be Made of Money

Tomato fiber, retired currency, and used cigarette filters are just a few of the things researchers are thinking about when they're developing greener materials. Delve into the material science behind automotive design.
February 19, 2015
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Susan Paley at CES

From the Internet of Things to connected cars and 3D printing, one of the masterminds behind the Beats by Dr. Dre headphones runs down the hottest trends at this year's CES.
January 9, 2015
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