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In a Cinderella story of urban regeneration in industrial Germany, architects Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster are the fairy godmothers.

Industrial Evolution

A Norman Foster master plan has transformed a decaying German industrial port into a vibrant neighborhood. It’s not about a single dramatic image, but what Foster calls “incremental change” using plenty of “urban glue.”
April 21, 2009
Berkeley, California, has long been home to forward-thinking, ecologically minded activists, and with Leger Wanaselja Architecture leading the way, even the buildings are catching up.

Sign of the Times

Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.
April 21, 2009
If you've long loathed your leaky faucet, this is your chance to gracefully drop the drip. Professor Donald Norman offers his expert opinion on what makes a spectacular tap.

Don Norman Reviews 7 Modern Faucets

Far from fickle, faucets function best when they’re running hot and cold. These modern fixtures prove their mettle by making it oh-so-easy to go with the flow.
April 18, 2009
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Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System

With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into a freestanding system fit for a modern ascetic.
April 16, 2009
Growing up in postwar Germany, Werner Sobek learned a resource-conscious approach to architecture, but his "radically engineered" buildings owe less to the hard lessons of the 20th century than to the technological possibilities of the 21st.

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek has seen the future, and it’s high-tech, green, and efficient. The architect, engineer, and teacher’s wandering intellect and belief in the power of design have left their marks across disciplines and continents.
April 14, 2009
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Urban Hens

In our 2008 sustainability issue, we featured the Boulder residence of Rob Pyatt and Heather Kahn-Pyatt. The project was a renovation of a 1940s bungalow that Pyatt undertook with his own hands (and the helping hands of his brother), building on experience he gained while working on straw bale dwellings in a neighboring town.
April 13, 2009
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Christopher Puzio at Dwell on Design

We editors have started to put together the panels and programming for Dwell on Design 09 in Los Angeles, and I'm very excited to report that San Diego-based artist, gallerist, educator, builder and metalworker Christopher Puzio is on board.
March 27, 2009
Architect/developer Jonathan Segal is doing his best to infiltrate downtown San Diego with exceptional design.

The Jonathan

Tired of waiting for innovative architecture to come to San Diego, this proactive architect added developer to his job description, and brought it there himself.
March 17, 2009
A combination of well-planned siting and a concrete-block wall ensures outdoor livability for the family, despite the fact that the house butts up against a busy road.

Roadside Attraction

A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.
March 16, 2009