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  1. The Big Easy
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    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

  2. Blimp My Ride
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    Blimp My Ride

    A century ago giant airships—–blimps and zeppelins and such—–were considered the future of air transport, but with their safety called into question by the Hindenburg...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  3. Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest
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    Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest

    This was a tough one! After much deliberation, our judges are excited to announce the grand-prize winner of the Coolcapitals Cool Case competition.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    09.01.10

  4. Patent Vending
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    Patent Vending

    Rescued from its long tenure as the home of processed snacks, the vending machine is enjoying a moment of unprecedented glitz.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    11.06.10

  5. On Loan
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    On Loan

    An interest-free government loan to buy contemporary art? Someone tell Fannie Mae.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.30.10

  6. Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010
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    Dwell Holiday Giveaway 2010

    Are you checking the Dwell Holiday Giveaway daily? There are 13 days left and plenty more prizes coming down the pike. Keep entering for a chance to win the giveaway of the day.

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    12.13.10

  7. Yes Please More
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    Yes Please More

    While the United States is leaps and bounds behind Europe when it comes to publicly funding the arts and design, the city of Denver and Yes Please More are doing their best to encourage creative...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.18.11

  8. Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park
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    Buffalo's "Blank Snow" Park

    A few weeks ago, the possibility of snow at sea level here in the San Francisco Bay Area raised quite a stir. Will it? Won't it? Should we ready our toboggans and show shoes? Nary a flake has...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.16.11

  9. Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!
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    Playhaus Design Competition is Coming Soon!

    We're getting our hands dirty and joining James Hardie in the sandbox for our upcoming design competition, Playhaus. Your mission—should you choose to accept the challenge—is to wow us...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    07.01.11

  10. 'Woodstock Trees' by Sebastian Mariscal
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    'Woodstock Trees' by Sebastian Mariscal

    We here at Dwell are big fans of Sebastian Mariscal's work; we've featured his projects in the magazine several times over the years (see here and here) and have an amazing house he designed in...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.04.11

  11. Methodology is Extended!
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    Methodology is Extended!

    We are excited to announce that the entry period of our Methodology upcyling competition is extended through July 24th. Make good use of the gift of time and enter your ideas now! The submissions...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    07.15.11

  12. And the World Views Winners Are...
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    And the World Views Winners Are...

    In our World Views photography competition, we teamed up with Blurb and challenged Dwellers everywhere to take a shot and share their view of the modern world. You answered our call and now,...

    written by: Ralston O'Neill
    07.15.11

  13. Japan Relief: Designs to Inspire
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    Japan Relief: Designs to Inspire

    One of the most devastating crises to hit Japan in over 60 years, the March earthquake and tsunami left the country shocked, traumatized and distressed. Though the disaster was horrific,...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    08.09.11

  14. WasteLandscape Made of CDs
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    WasteLandscape Made of CDs

    Scrolling through Dezeen recently—always an inspiring source for cool new projects and ideas—I came upon this eye-catching installation in the “Halle d’Aubervilliers”...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.16.11

  15. Forecasting the Future City
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    Forecasting the Future City

    The annual TED Prize, an extension of the multimedia brand hyping rational thought and good works, pledges $100,000 each year to a person with one wish to change the world. Formally called...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.07.11

  16. Chris Burden's Big City Dreams
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    Chris Burden's Big City Dreams

    Judging from the ecstatic mood, it may as well have been Christmas morning at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as Angelenos finally got a much-awaited first look at Chris Burden’s...

    written by: Carren Jao
    photos by: Carren Jao
    01.13.12

  17. Family House with a Secret Room
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    Family House with a Secret Room

    This house on Lake Wenatchee in Washington was designed to be "cozy for two and comfortable for a crowd," as architect John DeForest puts it—thanks in part to a hidden media room.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.03.13

  18. A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands
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    A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers Superuse Studios have built a house almost entirely out of locally-sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. Here's a look at how...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    06.07.13

  19. Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional
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    Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional

    For a youthful perspective on design's playful potential, look no farther than this slideshow. These five rooms put the fun back in functional.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.13

  20. 8 Modern Carports
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    8 Modern Carports

    Though it's sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell's archives suggest—often elegant touch...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.02.14

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