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  1. Collection Reform
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    Collection Reform

    Regional and world-class museums alike must daily contend with the same pedestrian woe: How can we show all this art? Limited by space, most museums manage to show only a tiny fraction of what they...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  2. An Introduction to Art Collecting
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    An Introduction to Art Collecting

    For millennia, kings and clerics alike have understood that little inspires awe and confers power better than a battalion of marble statues, an epic tapestry, or an exquisitely rendered portrait....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  3. 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

  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. An Introduction to Retail Design
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    An Introduction to Retail Design

    The ancient Greeks did it in the agora; the Romans did it in the forum; Persians did it in the bazaar (“the place of prices”); and Arabs and Berbers did it in the labyrinthine souk....

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  6. 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

  7. An Introduction to Lighting
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    An Introduction to Lighting

    One of the oldest proclamations in Western literature—maybe the very oldest, depending on how you see things—is “Let there be light.” And for most of human history, whether...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    08.26.10

  8. Linear City
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    Linear City

    Designers everywhere are eyeing the Interstate Highway system's bounteous and boundless real estate with ideas from tiny turbines to maglev rail lines. Mid-century urban idealism may not be dead...

    written by: Karrie Jacobs
    06.10.10

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. The Wrong Impression
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    The Wrong Impression

    Going for the hand touch isn’t exactly foolproof. An easy way to miss: embossed wall coverings. Lincrusta was originally invented in 1877 as a kind of textile-linoleum hybrid by linoleum...

    04.27.10

  12. An Introduction to Modern Textiles
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    An Introduction to Modern Textiles

    If the design world feels like an endless parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make...

    written by: Akiko Bush
    04.27.10

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Let’s Get Small
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    Let’s Get Small

    Hammers and nails are out, friends, and as the (patent) pending nanotech revolution shows, manufacturing is on the eve of the atom.

    03.26.10

  16. Absolutely Fabricated
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    Absolutely Fabricated

    We talked to a handful of movers and makers to see what's in store for the wider manufacturing world.

    03.26.10

  17. 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

  18. Wall of Shame
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    Wall of Shame

    It started out as a great idea: Do away with wet-plaster wall construction, which required multiple workers taking days or weeks to plaster a house (and weeks or months for the plaster to set). So,...

    03.26.10

  19. An Introduction to Manufacturing
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    An Introduction to Manufacturing

    If the design world feels like an endless  parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    03.17.10

  20. Prefab Parlance
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    Prefab Parlance

    From Kynar and Galvalume to SIPs, the terminology associated with prefab construction can be daunting. We asked a handful of architects and designers to help us build a prefab glossary of the top...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    03.01.10

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