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  1. 3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia
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    3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    Three ‘book-objects’ created by Alexander and Daria Kudmova Butahinoy of the Moscow-based Ruetemple Architectural Studio offer ways to store books and save space. Furnishing the outdoor, public...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    01.28.14

  2. Dominey Pavilion and Carport
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    Dominey Pavilion and Carport

    When Decatur, Georgia, residents Todd and Heather Dominey tasked architect architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio to create additional space for their growing family, they turned to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  3. Secret Garden
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    Secret Garden

    In Arlington, Virginia, architecture firm Höweler + Yoon contends with spatial and budgetary constraints to carve a microcourtyard, complete with Japanese maples and a cascading concrete fountain,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.13

  4. About a Boat
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    About a Boat

    The Houdini-like designers behind this boathouse employed giant steel arches to make the structure disappear from view and in its place create the illusion of a gentle slope of land leading out to...

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    06.05.11

  5. Dwell's Coolest Modern Backyards
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    Dwell's Coolest Modern Backyards

    Dwell spotlights the coolest modern backyards from the pages of our magazine.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.26.13

  6. The Lawn Goodbye
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    The Lawn Goodbye

    We sunbathe, picnic, and play sports on them. Our bare feet seem inexorably drawn to them. And for many of us, they’re the first thing we see when we step out the front door: lawns. It&rsquo...

    written by: Arnie Cooper
    photos by: Fritz Haeg
    02.26.09

  7. 8 Backyards We Love
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    8 Backyards We Love

    Offering places to garden, play, recline, and contemplate the view, backyards have the power to redefine the homes with which they share a site.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.28.14

  8. 5 Creative Modern Porches and Decks
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    5 Creative Modern Porches and Decks

    As these five projects prove, a modern deck or porch can play many creative roles—as a play space, hangout spot, dining area, and more.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.07.13

  9. Playgrounds Worth A Trip
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    Playgrounds Worth A Trip

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.18.11

  10. 5 Modern Edible Gardens
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    5 Modern Edible Gardens

    Urban gardens are cropping up everywhere, from the country to the city. To follow are five modern ways to grow your own.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.16.13

  11. 6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces
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    6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces

    The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these six patios, backyards, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.26.14

  12. Best Modern Desert Houses
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    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.20.13

  13. 7 Outdoor Design Ideas
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    7 Outdoor Design Ideas

    For some, the Great Outdoors might mean rugged mountains, untrammeled forests, or wide-open plains. The residents of these seven homes managed to carve out their own great outdoor retreats—a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.12

  14. Plant It Earth
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    Plant It Earth

    Dwell has been getting a little garden crazy over the bright new products and planters cropping up this spring. We’ve shared some beautiful backyards and fantastic furniture, but what is the...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    03.19.13

  15. Modular Backyard Playhouse in New Zealand
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    Modular Backyard Playhouse in New Zealand

    A New Zealand architect riffs on toy building blocks and Case Study houses for his children’s backyard fort.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    07.14.14

  16. Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside
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    Tiny Vacation Shelters in the French Countryside

    La Nuage, a system of waystations in Bourdeaux, France, lets hikers live in the cloud.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.12.14

  17. 5 Perfect Planters for Your Garden
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    5 Perfect Planters for Your Garden

    Generate some of your own shade this summer with lush plants and their equally attractive planters.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    07.10.13

  18. Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley
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    Japanese-Inspired Landscape Design in Berkeley

    For her largest commission to date, a young San Francisco architect channels Tadao Ando to create an outdoor room for a couple in the Berkeley Hills.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    03.05.14

  19. Not Just Another Plant in the Wall
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    Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

    “Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    01.01.09

  20. A Low-Maintenance Landscape for a Midcentury Denver Home
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    A Low-Maintenance Landscape for a Midcentury Denver Home

    Working with a strict budget, a team from Three Sixty Design reimagines a Denver yard.

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.15.14

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