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  1. California Academy of Sciences Preview
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    California Academy of Sciences Preview

    The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.23.08

  2. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  3. Dashboard Confessional
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    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

  4. Urban Hardwoods Furniture
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    Urban Hardwoods Furniture

    Now that "salvage" has as many connotations with environmental sensitivity, creativity, and resourcefulness as with the need to scrimp and save, showrooms formerly reserved for brand new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  5. BB02 Table and Chairs
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    BB02 Table and Chairs

    Modern design for moms and dads is becoming ever more available, with the latest eye-catching addition coming from notNeutral. The Los Angeles-based commercial product company of creative group...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.14.09

  6. Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture
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    Reclaimed Bowling Lane Furniture

    In bowling, "striking out" means throwing three strikes in the tenth and final frame of a game. In 2007, "striking out," for television producer and musician Jim Malone, meant...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.28.09

  7. Gimme Shelter
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    Gimme Shelter

    Earlier this month, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education opened their Gimme Shelter exhibition, featuring six temporary woodland shelters that offer places of rest and respite to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.29.09

  8. The Self-Sufficient City
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    The Self-Sufficient City

    In modern home design, going green is no longer the exception but the norm. While we've summited this hill, there's still an ominous mountain before us: off-the-grid cities. For the third Advanced...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.01.09

  9. Solar: Lease or Own?
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    Solar: Lease or Own?

    One of the most common obstacles to going green is upfront costs (though we all know the long-term savings are plentiful). Many new homes are built solar-ready, with intentions of installing panels...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.19.09

  10. Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection
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    Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection

    This week, Los Angeles-design firm Artecnica launched its Fall 2009 Collection at the New York International Gift Fair. Reuniting with whimsical Dutch designer Tord Boontje and introducing new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.20.09

  11. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
    Interviews

    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  12. Events this Weekend: 3.11-3.14
    Week in Review

    Events this Weekend: 3.11-3.14

    The action this weekend is in New York and the Midwest, with our favorite events and exhibitions taking place in the Big Apple and around lower Lake Michigan.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.10

  13. Mona El Khafif: Design Build
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    Mona El Khafif: Design Build

    In 2006, architect and urban planner Mona El Khafif traded Vienna's wiener schnitzel for beignets in the Big Easy to teach at Tulane University's URBANbuild program. Now an associate professor of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.22.10

  14. Botanical Garden Pavilion
    Outdoor

    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  15. Glass Jar Terrariums
    Event Spotlight

    Glass Jar Terrariums

    Terrariums have once again taken off--just like Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone's San Francisco craft space Workshop. Malone opened Workshop in September 2009 and has since been selling out classes...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.02.10

  16. Sunny Memories
    Event Spotlight

    Sunny Memories

    Gathering solar energy doesn't need to be a process sequestered to the roof. To demonstrate the varied uses of a new dye solar cell invented at the University of Art and Design Lausanne (EPFL) in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.17.10

  17. Preview: Jon Wilson, Food Map Design
    Dwell on Design

    Preview: Jon Wilson, Food Map Design

    The urban-rural gap is quickly shrinking and interest in local, organic food is continuously increasing. And today, it's not unusually to find gardeners harvesting their own produce even in a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.12.10

  18. Preview: Greywater Corps
    Dwell on Design

    Preview: Greywater Corps

    Dwell on Design is quickly approaching and here at the office we're finalizing the finishing touches and getting ready for our road trip down to Los Angeles (which will surely include the requisite...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.15.10

  19. Preview: Shane Judd of Kohler
    Dwell on Design

    Preview: Shane Judd of Kohler

    Water efficiency is as important as ever and this weekend we take the stage not once but twice to discuss ways to be more water wise. Joining Dwell editor Miyoko Ohtake and Dwell digital content...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.10

  20. Timbuk2 Hidden Series
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    Timbuk2 Hidden Series

    The problem with reusable bags is actually reusing them. At my apartment, there is reusable bag upon reusable bag (mostly the kind you can buy at the grocery store that resemble a paper bag) but...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.29.10

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