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  1. 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

  2. An Introduction to City Parks
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    An Introduction to City Parks

    An afternoon in the park has evolved from picnicking in the local cemetery to sun-bathing atop a retrofitted railroad trestle. Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron walks us...

    written by: Inga Saffron
    06.09.10

  3. An Introduction to Architects
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    An Introduction to Architects

    Aside from that mischievous caveperson in France who used a piece of charcoal to draw a line around some stick figures that suggested some kind of manmade shelter, it is generally acknowledged that...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.12.10

  4. Young Designers
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    Young Designers

    Branching out and doing your own thing is a brave and bold move at any time and any age. That said, the 21 visionaries we profile here—–designers 
of interiors, graphics, architecture,...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    12.15.10

  5. Curator: Zoe Ryan
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    Curator: Zoe Ryan

    Call her the wild card (or the green card) in this U.S.–focused roundup, but London-born Zoë Ryan has graced our shores for the past 14 years and in the process has brought a sharp...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.15.10

  6. 20/200 Vision
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    20/200 Vision

    What if you could get a real work of art for as little as $20? And it’s not 
a coffeehouse portrait of Neil Young?

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  7. Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano
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    Un'Introduzione al Disegno Italiano

    From Marble to mobili, Italy has been a, if not the, design mecca for the last century. Here's why.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.15.11

  8. Italian Design: La Mappa
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    Italian Design: La Mappa

    You know where your Parmesan cheese comes from: Parma. But which region offers the best chairs? We've mapped it out for you.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    06.17.11

  9. Words You Should Know for Restaurants
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    Words You Should Know for Restaurants

    Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.

    written by: Bethan Ryder
    07.19.11

  10. An Introduction to Building Codes
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    An Introduction to Building Codes

    Fuss all you like about sprinklers and guardrails, we need building codes. Here's how to get your architect to play along.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  11. Words You Should Know: Building Codes
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    Words You Should Know: Building Codes

    Arm yourself with the vocabulary needed to navigate the world of building codes.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  12. Up to Code
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    Up to Code

    How one homeowner chose a savvy architect, made nice with the building code, and moved in without a hitch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  13. Permission Denied
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    Permission Denied

    Muculus Grigsby runs afoul of the permits department, costing him a chunk of change and loads of time.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    09.29.11

  14. Modern Problems
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    Modern Problems

    Love superclean design but fear the building inspector? Here's our guide to skirting those modernist missteps.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.05.11

  15. Moving Violations
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    Moving Violations

    Can you spot the 11 infractions in this modern house?

    written by: Dan Maginn
    10.05.11

  16. An Introduction to Renting
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    An Introduction to Renting

    The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here’s how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    11.16.11

  17. 101 Renting
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    101 Renting

    The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here's how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    11.16.11

  18. Fire in the Home 101
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    Fire in the Home 101

    Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world. About 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned to harness the flame, setting us on the...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  19. Lighting
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    Lighting

    Lisa Heschong, a California architect with the Heschong Mahone Group, which specializes in research on building performance, doesn’t think much of firelight: “The use of fire for...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  20. Cooking
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    Cooking

    Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, says that some anthropologists believe that we tamed fire before we were even human. “When the first prehumans...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

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