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  1. 5 Cool Modern Backyards
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    5 Cool Modern Backyards

    Clean, modern design need not end at your front door. As these five backyards show, a single bold move—geometric pavers, a sculptural firepit, a water feature, or even a concrete slide—can make the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.05.13

  2. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love
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    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    06.17.13

  3. 3 Options for Outdoor Lighting
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    3 Options for Outdoor Lighting

    As summer nights swing into high gear, this outdoor lighting will keep your evenings bright.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.02.13

  4. 7 Tiny Backyard Retreats
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    7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.27.13

  5. 6 Rooftop Hangouts
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    6 Rooftop Hangouts

    With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.29.13

  6. 5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi
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    5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi

    With a body of work spanning sculpture, dance, furniture, lightning, and landscapes, Isamu Noguchi is one of the most revered figures in the 20th-century canon. Buckminster Fuller once called...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.20.13

  7. 7 Great Green Walls
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    7 Great Green Walls

    Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.10.13

  8. 8 Modern Fences
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    8 Modern Fences

    They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.06.14

  9. Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do
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    Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

    Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.05.12

  10. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  11. 5 Modern Courtyards Part Two
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    5 Modern Courtyards Part Two

    As Previously looked at in 5 Cool Modern Courtyards, Dwell takes another glance at 5 modern homes with outstanding elevated terraces.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.08.13

  12. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  13. 5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue
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    5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue

    Dwell's April 2014 issue is now on newsstands—here's a sneak peek of the intelligent homes, outdoor products, and green building methods you'll see in its pages.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.26.14

  14. 11 Ways to Dine Alfresco
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    11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.

    written by: Erika Heet
    04.08.14

  15. 6 Relaxing Porches, Patios, and Terraces
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    6 Relaxing Porches, Patios, and Terraces

    You've had a long day. Take a moment to daydream and picture yourself relaxing on any one of these beautiful porches, patios, and terraces from farmhouses to island getaways. You're welcome.

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    07.31.13

  16. 7 Innovative Rooftops
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    7 Innovative Rooftops

    In an era of sustainability, nothing should go to waste, and a roof should be no exception. We take a look at seven innovative rooftops where lush gardens and garden parties alike can thrive.

    written by: Victoria Nguyen
    05.13.13

  17. From Torrent to Current
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    From Torrent to Current

    In her book Du Torrent au Courant, des Barrages et des Hommes en Savoie (From Torrent to Current: Dam and Man in Savoy), photographer Céline Clanet documents the infrastructure of hydropower...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    09.26.11

  18. It's Summer Somewhere: 8 Great Pools
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    It's Summer Somewhere: 8 Great Pools

    Inspired by two guys who counted all the pools in Los Angeles thanks to an elegant data visualization tool, we combed the Dwell archives for our own roundup of the best swimming pools.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.03.13

  19. Beyond Terradome
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    Beyond Terradome

    Influenced by city dwellers whose windows open to concrete vistas or brick walls, San Francisco native Ric López decided to shift the view inward and back to nature.

    photos by: Peter Belanger
    02.27.09

  20. Backyard Marsh in San Francisco
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    Backyard Marsh in San Francisco

    A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.

    written by: William Bostwick
    10.26.12

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