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  1. 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

  2. A Tale of Two Houses
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    A Tale of Two Houses

    When Ulrich Fleischmann approached architect Maki Kuwayama, of Unit A Architecture in Stuttgart, Germany, to design a home and office space, he was looking for a deal. Fleischmann wanted two houses...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.01.09

  3. 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

  4. An Introduction to Prefab
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    An Introduction to Prefab

    The basic principle of prefab, whereby a home is fabricated in one location and then delivered to another, has been around for at least a few hundred years.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  5. The Farm Project
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    The Farm Project

    For the Farm Project, Mike Meiré abandoned the idea of the hyper-designed kitchen in favor of one where life—of all manners—happens.

    01.30.09

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 101 Prefab
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    101 Prefab

    Everything you wanted to know about prefab but were afraid to ask! We've tapped the brain behind popular web resource FabPreFab to explain the birds and bees of manufactured housing.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    04.16.09

  9. Lotusan Paint
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    Lotusan Paint

    Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Hunter Freeman
    01.31.09

  10. Five Questions About Working With Architects
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    Five Questions About Working With Architects

    The idea of building or renovating your home can be daunting. Design schemes flood your brain as you stare at an empty lot or cramped kitchen. How can you best translate those visions into reality?...

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    05.27.09

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 8 Ways to Renovate an Airstream
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    8 Ways to Renovate an Airstream

    The iconic, and slightly atomic, form of the shiny silver Airstream is embedded in our cultural and design milieu. Here are 8 Airstream renovations that promise to inspire you to hit the road in...

    written by: Erika Heet
    11.06.13

  14. 7 Modern Sofas We Love
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    7 Modern Sofas We Love

    If you’re on the hunt for a great modern sofa, consider the following from our pages—some iconic, some off the beaten path.

    written by: Erika Heet
    02.13.14

  15. An Introduction to Home Gardening
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    An Introduction to Home Gardening

    Ever since Adam and Eve’s unfortunate eviction, their descendants have been plunging hands and seeds into the earth in hopes of bringing forth food, beauty, and the satisfaction of taming...

    written by: Sara Carnochan
    03.15.11

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. An Introduction to Airport Design
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    An Introduction to Airport Design

    As anyone who has been to Peru, 
or Bali, or Timbuktu can tell you, travel is not merely the experience of going
 somewhere. Travel design must convey a complex message: of place, of pleasure, of...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  19. 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

  20. 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

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