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  1. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  2. Fawning Over Flora
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    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  3. Skinny Dip
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    Skinny Dip

    An elegant new pool house keeps competitive swimmer Sydne Didier in top form, and out of the Connecticut River.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.24.09

  4. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
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    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  5. Virtual National Architecture Week
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    Virtual National Architecture Week

    The American Institute of Architects kicks off National Architecture Week next week, April 13-19, to continue the public dialogue about architecture in the US. This year they’ve further...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.07.09

  6. New Trio from Stout Publishers
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    New Trio from Stout Publishers

    One of the joys of coming in to Dwell every morning is passing by William Stout Architectural Books, maybe the best design bookstore I've seen. In addition to shelves and shelves of books on...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.15.09

  7. Bird Calls from Sweet Bella
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    Bird Calls from Sweet Bella

    The design world, like Tippi Hedren, pecked on all sides, has fallen prey to the birds. For the past few years the crafty set has flocked in droves to our winged, feathered friends. Nary a letter...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.28.09

  8. Bike Rack by Studio Tractor
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    Bike Rack by Studio Tractor

    I got a note from Mike Tower of Studio Tractor Architecture the other day showing off his firm's collaboration with metalworker Peter Kirkiles, a cotter pin-inspired bike rack built in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.04.09

  9. Miami: Simpson Park Hammock
    Travel Reports

    Miami: Simpson Park Hammock

    One of the best bits of design I saw in Miami, when I was there last month for Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach, was well off the gallery-party-hotel circuit. I'd been to Simpson Park Hammock...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.15.10

  10. Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project
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    Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project

    As a San Franciscan I'm very fortunate to live every day with the work of landscape architecture pioneer Lawrence Halprin, who passed away last October. Yesterday I was descending the towering,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.17.10

  11. Parsing Levi's Plaza
    Travel Reports

    Parsing Levi's Plaza

    I had lunch yesterday with Charles Birnbaum, president and founder of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Our chat, over a terrific salmon BLT at the Fog City Diner, ranged from Garret...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.30.10

  12. Hello from the Salton Sea
    Travel Reports

    Hello from the Salton Sea

    After my stop at Salvation Mountain, my two travel companions and I headed north on 111 to see the handful of modernist sites on the Salton Sea. The massive saline body of water is the biggest...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.11

  13. L.A.'s Learning Garden
    Dwell on Design

    L.A.'s Learning Garden

    Garden master David King grew up in Kansas and picked up his green skills from his grandfather. “In my teen years it wasn't cool, but I came back to horticulture as an adult,” he says....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.31.11

  14. On The Rocks
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    On The Rocks

    For centuries, Spain’s Canary Islands have been the last outpost of civilization before European mariners sailed headlong into the vast Atlantic. That same sense of horizon-bound, seaside...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    06.11.11

  15. Landscape Architect Marcel Wilson
    Dwell on Design

    Landscape Architect Marcel Wilson

    The outdoors is one of our most popular topics at Dwell on Design and this year we're very happy to have urban designer and landscape architect Marcel Wilson down from San Francisco to speak. He'll...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.14.11

  16. Powell St. Parklet
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    Powell St. Parklet

    San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.14.11

  17. Kansas City Bus Shelters
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    Kansas City Bus Shelters

    One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.15.11

  18. LEGO Greenhouse in London
    Travel Reports

    LEGO Greenhouse in London

    By now its bricks have been pulled apart, its sunflowers taken from Covent Garden's North Piazza, but from September 15 to 25, the Lego Greenhouse designed by Sebastian Bergne was one of the hits...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.04.11

  19. Boisbuchet as a Canvas
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    Boisbuchet as a Canvas

    The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.12.12

  20. Blair Niche Project
    Houses We Love

    Blair Niche Project

    At just $167 per square foot, this high-design, low-cost barn in rural Wisconsin is an American idyll.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.20.12

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