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How To Navigate Modern Building Codes

Dwell's handy-dandy how-to guide on learning and implementing building codes.
July 29, 2013
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Dwell How-To: Buy and Sell Your Dream Home

Combing the Dwell archives for our best, all-time tips on buying and selling your own modern abode.
July 24, 2013
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Improve Your Design Vocab

We searched through the Dwell archives to bring you our favorite lists of words you should know from building codes or restaurant jargon.
June 27, 2013

40 Years in the Making: Mural by Milton Glaser

For the first time since 1975, designer Milton Glaser's graphic, Pop-colored mural encircling the base of the Minton-Capehart Federal Building in Indianapolis has been restored. Documentary filmmaker Mark Williams, along with the U.S. General Services Administration, put together this 14-minute documentary on Color Fuses, which makes its debut right here on Glaser tells us, "It's an interesting project, 40 years in the making. I was commissioned to design a mural—one of the largest murals in the United States—which couldn't be achieved according to my vision when I started it. But in 2012, under a government grant* as part of Obama's stimulus plan, its restoration was completed and the work was realized for the first time."
June 16, 2013
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Think Outside the Box

The final step in the creation of a Good Small Space involves its connection to the 2.5 zillion square feet that exist outside your 900.1
November 17, 2012
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Get the Right Light

Daylight is the lifeblood of a Good Small Space. Start the process of getting the light right by better understanding the nature of the light-emitting gas ball that we call the sun.
November 17, 2012
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Think Volume

Creatively separating your functional needs is a key component of Good Small Design—it’s all about overlap, nesting, and double duty.
November 17, 2012
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Measure Your Life

With less stuff, you’ll need fewer square feet to jam it into. But how small is too small?
November 17, 2012
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Edit Your Life

Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly. But the rest of us need to sharpen our metaphorical red pencils and edit our lives.
November 17, 2012