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  1. A Note on Our Expert

    A Note on Our Expert, Jason F. McLennan

    Jason F. McLennan is CEO of the Cascadia Region Green Building Council, the Pacific Northwest’s leading organization in the field of sustainable development.

    01.01.09

  2. Byoung Cho
    Profiles

    Byoung Cho

    Agricultural buildings aren't really designed, someone just made them. I try to design like that—so it looks like it's not designed at all, it's just there."

    photos by: Julian Broad
    02.26.09

  3. The Suburbs Strike Back
    Profiles

    The Suburbs Strike Back

    Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  4. The Placemakers
    Profiles

    The Placemakers

    "We want to position our work outside of architecture, as a clear piece of sociology and ecology."

    written by: Jane Szita
    03.01.09

  5. Et tu, Bertus?
    Profiles

    Et tu, Bertus?

    People often introduce Bertus Mulder by talking about his extraordinary pedigree.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  6. Coastal Commissions
    Profiles

    Coastal Commissions

    Taking cues from the flora, fauna, and rocky cliffs of Big Sur, California, Mickey Muennig's brand of organic architecture doesn't stop with the terrain.

    written by: Keshni Kashyap
    02.26.09

  7. Courtyard of Appeal
    Green

    Courtyard of Appeal

    Like so many L.A. stories, the tale of the Courtyard House begins with a lucky break. One day in 2001, Thomas Robertson got a call from a friend he hadn’t seen in ages. The friend told him that his...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Maria Aufmuth
    01.25.09

  8. Shear Talent
    Profiles

    Shear Talent

    In the small village of Spannum, in the Dutch province of Friesland, Claudy Jongstra heads a felt-design studio whose modesty in process and material belie its overwhelming commercial appeal and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Oliver Chanarin
    02.26.09

  9. Architecture and Design Books
    Product Reviews

    Architecture and Design Books

    Dear Dwell, I am new to modernism and eager to learn all I can about architecture and design. What books would you recommend to a novice? —Mathilda Feigenbaum, Mission Hills, Kansas

    photos by: Peter Belanger
    01.01.09

  10. An der Alster 1
    Design 101

    An der Alster 1

    The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  11. The Big Easy
    A Great Idea

    The Big Easy

    Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  12. Peter DeMaria on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Peter DeMaria on the Future of Prefab

    Some people assume that yet-to-be-invented high-tech materials and systems will be the saviors of 
our construction industry.

    01.28.09

  13. Leo Marmol on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Leo Marmol on the Future of Prefab

    More and more people are coming 
to us informed about the complete benefits of prefab construction.

    01.28.09

  14. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  15. The Futurist Movement
    Design 101

    The Futurist Movement

    Manifesto: F.T. Marinetti, “The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism” (1909)

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.01.09

  16. The Modern Movement
    Design 101

    The Modern Movement

    Manifestos: Le Corbusier, “Towards a New Architecture” (1923)Walter Gropius, “The Theory and Organization of the Bauhaus” (1923)

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.01.09

  17. The New Urbanism Movement
    Design 101

    The New Urbanism Movement

    Manifestos: Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), Congress for the New Urbanism, “Charter of the New Urbanism” (1993)

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.01.09

  18. The Deconstructivism and Digital Design Movements
    Design 101

    The Deconstructivism and Digital Design Movements

    Manifesto: Philip Johnson and Mark Wigley, “Deconstructivist Architecture” (1988)

    written by: Barry Katz
    02.01.09

  19. Taking His Own Advice
    Green

    Taking His Own Advice

    When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Robert Gregory
    02.01.09

  20. There’s No Place Like Home
    Design 101

    There’s No Place Like Home

    Telecommuting may let you answer email in your underwear, but is the home office all it’s cracked up to be?

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    02.01.09

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