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10 Reasons to Join the City Modern Home Tours

The Dwell home tours in Los Angeles are an annual highlight and due to popular request, we've brought them to New York for the City Modern architecture festival. Spy five stunning residences in Manhattan on October 6 and five more in Brooklyn on October 7. Tickets are available from, $120 for a single-day pass or $240 for a weekend pass, which includes entry to the Meet the Architects cocktail reception. To whet your appetite, here's a sneak peek of the homes.
September 28, 2012

Design: It's About Time

On September 18, Dwell deputy editor Aaron Britt will join the AIASF's Architecture in the City Festival, San Francisco's city-wide celebration of architecture, when he leads the panel Design: It's About Time. Though San Francisco boasts a high degree of open space for a city so dense, the appetite for parks, and design innovation, goes unchecked. Britt, in conversation with landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design; Jane Martin, AIA of Shift Design Studio; and Phil Ginsburg of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; will examine the role of temporary parks in the city's urban fabric.  
September 14, 2012
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Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture

Architect Louis Kahn is the subject of a new exhibition opening September 8 at the Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI) in Rotterdam. It's no secret that we here at Dwell are fans of the late architect, whose mastery of light and space, and ability to make humble materials feel grand (ie. concrete) knows few equals. Sponsored by Swarovski, the show is curated by the NAI, the Vitra Design Museum, and the University of Pennsylvania (Kahn's alma matter). Architectural models, drawings, photographs, and plans of 40 of his projects are to be featured. 
September 7, 2012
Pastel colored vases by Dinosaur Designs

Fashion's Night Out: Dinosaur Designs

In their light-filled studio in Sydney Australia’s Strawberry Hills, Louise Olsen and Steve Ormandy fashion resin destined for landfill into jewelry and home wares of rare beauty. Their studio’s name, Dinosaur Designs, is a play on the longevity of their pieces—they last forever.
September 6, 2012
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'Moving Meshes' at Domaine de Boisbuchet

Mesh and wireframe structures might typically be reserved for the architectural design realm, but Dutch designer Maria Blaisse aims to expand the rules of textiles and flexible materials with her long-standing commitment to movement research. Blaisse's latest exhibition, Moving Meshes, highlights the resilience of bamboo as a medium for expanding and contracting volumes, which are based on improvisational gestures and the body as the critical element in the animation of material and form. Currently on view in the château interiors of Domaine de Boisbuchet, an international center for experimentation in design and architecture, Blaisse's work is a fluid exploration of volume and spatial control—quite modern for the setting of a country estate in the Southwest of France.
September 6, 2012
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Rethinking Boston

How do you remake a city that's already been made? That's the question a group of students at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) will be tackling in a new design competition sponsored by the Chelsea, Massachusetts–based firm The Architectural Team. With a directive to bring the mixed and multi (mixed-use, mixed-income, multifamily) ideals of 21st-century sustainability to downtown Boston’s commercial and retail districts, students who are enrolled in the competition’s studio course will develop new visions for a downtown that they could want to—and even afford to—live in one day.
August 13, 2012
Teaching materials conceived and commissioned by Maria Montessori

MoMA's 'Toy Story'

MoMA’s Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000 may be the world’s most engrossing toy box. Sadly, you can’t play with the 500+ items on exhibit July 29 through November 5, 2012, but to linger over each for a few minutes is enough to transport the viewer to her childhood and today dream of what a youth spent in another era may have looked like (spoiler alert: primary-colored with tubular steel furniture). Inspired by Swedish design reformer and social theorist Ellen Key’s 1909 tome The Century of the Child, in which she declares children’s well-being and rights to be the defining mission of the next century, Juliet Kinchin, Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design, amassed a collection of toys, books, posters, and furniture representing the path of design philosophy over the course of the last 100 years—no small feat. Of the exhibit, Kinchin says it will "hopefully engage people of any age." She won’t have to worry about that. On our way out, a line was queuing for Philip Worthington’s interactive piece Shadow Monsters. A real-time transformation of everyday shadow puppets into growling monsters with spikes and teeth, it was hard to resist. The opportunity to climb into the larger-than-life Peter Opsvik Tripp Trapp chair is reason enough to visit. The exhibition will be on view through November 5, 2012, at the Museum of Modern Art in the The Joan and Preston Robert Tisch Exhibition Gallery, sixth floor. And, courtesy of MoMA, visitors can download a family guide.
July 25, 2012
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Re-envisioning Harlem's Waterfront

Manhattan has 32 miles of accessible waterfront, and traditionally these spaces have acted as gateways for the comings and goings of its inhabitants. The river portals have largely brought food and other goods in while the resulting end product of trash is sent off the island. One of these waste management points used to be the West 135th Street marine transfer station, along the Hudson River in Harlem. Recent development projects in New York City have celebrated the link to the Hudson and East Rivers, providing new parks and better access to relax and play by the water. Yet few of these projects address the challenges of the city's current system of importing food and exporting waste. A biennial design ideas competition put forward by the American Institute for Architects New York Chapter's Emerging New York Architect (ENYA) program builds on this potential. "While there's been a lot of improvement along the waterfront, certainly along Hudson River, this site is one that's a missing link," AIA President Joseph Aliotta said. Open to emerging professionals and students with less than ten years of experience, 98 entries from 16 countries addressed the opportunities provided by the decommissioned building. An accompanying exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "The Harlem Edge: Cultivating Connections," provides visitors with a variety of information to explore, from proposal models and images to a library filled with books on the importance of the waterfront.
July 20, 2012
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San Francisco Local Design Market

Design week in San Francisco is coming to a close, but there's still time to see one of our favorite pop-ups, the SF Local Design Market at Zinc Details on Fillmore street. There, a special exhibition highlights work from the city's talented crop of designers. We visited the opening on Tuesday and spied a rather handsome set of glassware by Kaii Tu, which was all created with one compact mold. Other standouts include furniture by Jeremiah Collection and prints by 3 Fish Studios. The Market will be open until Sunday, June 17th, so head on over before then.
June 15, 2012