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  1. 101 Alternative Energy
    Design 101

    101 Alternative Energy

    From the Aquastar to zero-energy homes, we present an A-to-Z guide of green power tips and home energy savings.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.25.09

  2. Not Just Skating By
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    Not Just Skating By

    For years, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has ranted about wanting to build a skate plaza: a skate park integrated into the urban environment as a landscaped, multi-use public space. When he...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    photos by: Amanda Marsalis
    02.26.09

  3. Future Building
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    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn
    02.26.09

  4. Camp Counsel
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    Camp Counsel

    Architecture professor Laura Terry and her students spent a summer designing and creating new facilities for young campers with physical and developmental disabilities.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.25.09

  5. Teach Your Parents Well
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    Teach Your Parents Well

    In May 2005, Susan Bodnar and David Schatsky asked architects Normal Projects to green their prewar apartment and their contemporary lives.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Martien Mulder
    02.25.09

  6. 101 Solar
    Design 101

    101 Solar

    Dare we say "enlightening"? Be it passive or aggressive, find out what solar energy can do for you.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.25.09

  7. Design Junkie
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    Design Junkie

    "I guess from a young age I collected things that interested me—picked up bizarre things from the street, put them in boxes, or took them to my room."

    written by: Michael Grozik
    03.04.09

  8. Holy Table
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    Holy Table

    To place items on a table: that's one way to go about it. However as of late, tables have been cropping up with the added—or subtracted, rather—element of a hole in the table's surface....

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.01.08

  9. Modern Motors
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    Modern Motors

    This year's Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance car show featured a roll-out of General Motors' spectacular Motorama cars of the 1950s, prototypes and fantasy models that embodied...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.04.08

  10. Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher
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    Miele Self-Opening Dishwasher

    Miele's new La Perla series dishwashers (available in late fall 2008) have an automatic door opening and closing system that aids in air-drying your sparkling-clean dishes, saving energy used by...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.08.08

  11. Living Walls
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    Living Walls

    A tiny bit like the Renzo Piano-designed Pompidou Centre that wears its insides on its outside (pipes, ducts, all the 'ugly' stuff), this office building wears a garden.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.09.08

  12. Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design
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    Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design

    Two Columbus Circle once was a stout-yet-hip white building with black porthole-esque forms around it: channeling 1960s mod better than any building could, courtesy of architect Edward Durell Stone...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.14.08

  13. Of Inspiration and Investments
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    Of Inspiration and Investments

    Brooklyn's current wave of modern furniture designers is not a spanking-new phenomenon, if we stop to remember the man who invented modular seating. Harvey Probber was born in Brooklyn just after...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.15.08

  14. PH Artichoke 50th Anniversary Edition
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    PH Artichoke 50th Anniversary Edition

    It’s known around the world as the “Artichoke” but in Denmark, where it originated, Poul Henningsen’s iconic lighting fixture is often referred to as the “pine cone....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.16.08

  15. Modern Memo Board
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    Modern Memo Board

    No matter how hard I try to live a life that's clutter free, it seems there's not really a way to eliminate the need for a place to tack things up where I can see them.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.17.08

  16. Mixed Signals
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    Mixed Signals

    Leave it to the French to have fun with something extraordinarily mundane.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.18.08

  17. London Design Festival: This Is Not a Detergent Bottle
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    London Design Festival: This Is Not a Detergent Bottle

    More ceramics from Tent, in the form of everyday, disposable objects cast in porcelain.

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.22.08

  18. London Design Festival: Twee Party
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    London Design Festival: Twee Party

    There seems to be a crockery revival—Tent has a whole host of young designers showing ceramic work of one kind or another. Perhaps the most beautiful was the 'Blaue Blume' range of tableware...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.22.08

  19. London Design Festival: Straw Bale Seat
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    London Design Festival: Straw Bale Seat

    The Greenhaus is a design collective of British designers whose work revolves around concepts of sustainability. Their standout product at the London Design Festival is Neil Barron's plastic...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.23.08

  20. London Design Festival: Kanittha Mairaing
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    London Design Festival: Kanittha Mairaing

    Goldsmiths' postgraduate design community have a show at The Boiler House, Old Truman Brewery, on Brick Lane as part of the London Design Festival. Amongst the work shown is the 'Unfortunates'...

    written by: Sam Jacob
    09.23.08

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