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  1. Girl Talk
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    Girl Talk

    The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap?

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    06.27.12

  2. When We Talk About Good Design
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    When We Talk About Good Design

    Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.05.10

  3. Homeland Ingenuity
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    Homeland Ingenuity

    How do American companies maintain handcrafted detail while producing fast enough—and in large enough quantities—to satisfy profit margins and consumers accustomed to instant...

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    09.11.12

  4. Home Smart Home
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    Home Smart Home

    Energy-monitoring and smart technologies have set up shop in the home, transforming machines for living into veritable living things—with all the bells, whistles, frills, and failures.

    written by: Alessandra Bianchi
    07.04.10

  5. You Are Where You Live
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    You Are Where You Live

    The ads in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times are a barometer of perceived need: what we think about when we are at our hungriest, our most grasping, our most insecure. Like the...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    02.27.11

  6. The Design Week Movement
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    The Design Week Movement

    If a movement can be defined as a moment when people across time zones and borders act simultaneously on the same idea, then the design week movement is verifiable. In the last three years, design...

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    10.13.12

  7. Surrogate Cities
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    Surrogate Cities

    So this is what city life boils down to: flat roofs, right angles, and steel-mesh awnings for industrial spice.  

    written by: John King
    04.01.10

  8. The Future of Office Design
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    The Future of Office Design

    What’s the future of office design? We investigate how start-up culture is influencing everything from corporate campuses to contract furniture. See more about Office Environment.

    05.24.14

  9. Cultivating Appreciation
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    Cultivating Appreciation

    Sixty years ago it was Mies, Alvar, and Lou. Today it’s Zaha, Rem, and Renzo.

    written by: Charles Birnbaum
    03.25.10

  10. Sound Design
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    Sound Design

    Years ago, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas won a design competition for an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by suggesting the entire museum be torn down and replaced. There...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    03.24.10

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