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  1. The Bilbao Effect
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    The Bilbao Effect

    In the last 15 years, many a postindustrial city has redefined itself as a design center. Glasgow after its year as European City ...

    written by: Jane Szita
    05.26.09

  2. The Arts and Crafts Movement
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    The Arts and Crafts Movement

    Manifesto: William Morris, “The Lesser Arts of Life” (1877)

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.01.09

  3. The Architectural Outsider
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    The Architectural Outsider

    The architectural profession is shrouded in mystery. What goes on in those offices is as foreign to most people as what goes into making Spam. So Dwell asked an inquisitive non-architect for his...

    written by: Robert Sullivan
    05.27.09

  4. The Architectural Insider
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    The Architectural Insider

    The old joke “Enough about me, let’s talk about you. What do you think about me?” isn’t a joke to architects, it’s part of their profession. Dwell asked one design...

    written by: Donlyn Lyndon
    05.27.09

  5. That's So 04
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    That's So 04

    When it comes to creating a sense of community, cozying up to your neighbor proves that density rules.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  6. Tenancy-in-Common
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    Tenancy-in-Common

    You’ve heard it thousands of times on TV, the radio, and in junk mail—spurious ads delivered with forehead-vein-popping enthusiasm by robot-faced dudes in shoddy suits. Bad credit?...

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  7. Tech Styles
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    Tech Styles

    Matilda McQuaid is the head of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Textiles Department: ...

    03.27.10

  8. TBWA/Hakuhodo
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    TBWA/Hakuhodo

    In Shibaura, this former bowling alley is now the shared offices of international advertising agency TBWA and Japanese agency Hakuhodo.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  9. Structural Panels
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    Structural Panels

    Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. Strategic Changes Make a Big Impression
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    Strategic Changes Make a Big Impression

    Designer Francois Lévy and his wife, Julie, bought an abandoned 1904 train depot and transported it 50 miles to an inner-city lot 
in Austin, Texas.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    02.26.09

  11. Steelcase
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    Steelcase

    Now that work can be done anywhere, what qualifies as an office?

    written by: Mark Grenier
    01.28.09

  12. Space-Efficient Renovation in New York
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    Space-Efficient Renovation in New York

    “A strategy of extreme density was required,” says Michael Chen of Normal Projects, 
who along with partner Kari Anderson handled the renovation of this Upper West Side apartment.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    02.01.09

  13. Solar Flair
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    Solar Flair

    Interested in running more than just your home on the sun’s rays? Here’s a handy introduction to some of the most innovative solar goods available.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.02.09

  14. Smart Live-Work Spaces
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    Smart Live-Work Spaces

    Our current model of efficiency is the live-work space, and everyone deserves their own modern version. Hint: Keep it clean, clutter-free, and bright. Here are seven to inspire you to create your...

    written by: Erika Heet
    10.30.13

  15. Slag Solution
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    Slag Solution

    Enter Serious Materials and its EcoRock drywall. EcoRock is not all-natural drywall—–that would be called “wood”—–but it is an attempt to do away with wasteful...

    03.26.10

  16. Skylab
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    Skylab

    The distinction between professional 
and personal life has blurred.

    written by: Jeff Kovel
    01.28.09

  17. Shine and Rise
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    Shine and Rise

    The catalog of smart textiles for the future is teeming with cognitive intelligence—fabrics that serve as interactive surfaces or are embedded with sheets of tiny microprocessors, little solar...

    04.27.10

  18. Sew Awesome
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    Sew Awesome

    “Who we are arises directly from what our bodies can do,” writes Richard Sennett in his recent book, The Craftsman. In his spirited defense of how making material things can enlarge...

    03.26.10

  19. Design 101

    Residential Wind

    When we think of alternative energy at home, our minds leap straight to solar panels, the most obvious symbol of a site-generated grid-free power source.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.01.09

  20. Putting the Motel in Hotels
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    Putting the Motel in Hotels

    When design hotels first appeared in the ’80s, with their stylish bars, big-name designers, and excessive tariffs, many of us could have been forgiven for thinking that they were merely...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    05.26.09

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