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  1. 101 Being Green
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    101 Being Green

    Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.10

  2. Universal Design: Sense and Sensibility
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    Universal Design: Sense and Sensibility

    The CD player that Naoto Fukasawa designed for the Japanese manufacturer Muji is as simple as it looks and about as simple as it gets. It’s a square box, mounted on the wall, reminiscent of a...

    02.09.10

  3. Going Out of Tune
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    Going Out of Tune

    Tuning a traditional radio is a simple and incredibly rich interaction. As we turn the dial, we hear snippets of sound as the stations come and go. We navigate by the programs on air, picking up...

    02.09.10

  4. Visible Touch
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    Visible Touch

    A lot of universal design feels more like a tacked-on concession to special interest groups than an intrinsic element in the design process. Now let’s suppose we flip that around. 

    02.09.10

  5. For All Mankind
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    For All Mankind

    The future of universal design is what’s in store for us collectively. Here’s the heads-up.

    02.09.10

  6. An Introduction to Universal Design
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    An Introduction to Universal Design

    Mention universal design and see your companions’ eyes start glazing over. Though formally flashy chairs and posh penthouses may reside at the sexier end of the design world, universal design...

    written by: Graham Pullin
    02.09.10

  7. An Introduction to Contractors
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    An Introduction to Contractors

    Architect-author, Dan Maginn of El Dorado Inc., in Kansas City, Missouri, gives us the inside track on one of his favorite subjects: contractors. Learn what makes them tick, how to work with them,...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.26.10

  8. Words You Should Know
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    Words You Should Know

    Bid: How much the contractor will charge to build the house. Different than “estimate.” (“Bid” is to “estimate” as “getting wife flowers” is to ...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  9. Building Tomorrow
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    Building Tomorrow

    What will the future hold for contractors and builders? We asked three industry leaders for their prognostications.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  10. In the Nick of Time
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    In the Nick of Time

    Though contractors are unusually deft with tools, accidents do happen. SawStop puts an end to that.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  11. Why Is Joe Frowning?
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    Why Is Joe Frowning?

    So you’ve brought home a bumbling new contractor who’ll turn your Ritz into a wreck. How to avoid it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  12. Why Is Jane Smiling?
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    Why Is Jane Smiling?

    So you’ve brought home an ebullient new contractor to turn your wreck into the Ritz. How to do it? Read on.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    01.25.10

  13. Before You Renovate
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    Before You Renovate

    Finding the perfect home sometimes means creating it. Renovation can require as much effort in the planning as in the execution so you’ll need some patience—and you should arm yourself...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    10.03.09

  14. Modern Love
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    Modern Love

    Single mod-loving gal seeks North Jersey split-level for a match made in Hoboken.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  15. An Introduction to Modern Real Estate
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    An Introduction to Modern Real Estate

    Though the market has rarely looked worse, our primer on the past, present, and future of modern real estate gives you the inside track on why modern homes are always a good investment.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  16. 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

  17. Lowering the Bar
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    Lowering the Bar

    A modernist facade can't keep some developments from suffering from that very American malady: sprawl.

    written by: Dave Weinstein
    09.23.09

  18. Like a Rock
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    Like a Rock

    When it comes to great product design, the material is often the message. Matuse’s wetsuits prove why.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  19. Best Buy
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    Best Buy

    Good design isn’t inextricably wed to a high price tag. These classic designs run the gamut of types and prices. 

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  20. Buyer Beware
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    Buyer Beware

    Bad design can be not just unattractive but unhealthy. Steer clear of this trio of second-rate offerings.

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

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