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Take Two: 7 Adaptive Reuse Projects We Love

As the way in which people use cities morphs form generation to generation, we're left with dormant buildings—those that have outlived their original purpose, but are rife for enterprising architects and designers to give them a second wind. This latent stock might include industrial remnants, former school houses, barns, and even convenience stores. In the following slideshow we examine seven such projects from Portland to Boston to Hamburg that demonstrate reusing and recycling go far when it comes to architecture.
September 8, 2012
Contemporary supportive housing project Bud Clark Commons in Portland, Oregon

Commons' Grounds

A cornerstone of Portland, Oregon’s plan to eradicate homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons supportive housing project proves that thoughtful design creates considerable social good.
August 29, 2012
Green home with wood cladding in Mississippi

Mississippi Queen

When architect Brett Nave and his partner, architect Kelley Bishiop, began developing the Heron Park neighborhood in the coastal town of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, they managed to lay 1,200 feet of road through a forest and pecan orchard while only removing six trees. And when he set out the floor plan for A3, the home he and his wife, Kelley, and two kids now live in, instead of following the common practice of clearing the lot, completing the structure and landscaping after completing construction, he sited A3 to fit snugly into the lot in order to remove only three additional trees. Nave even pre-designed each of his 21 lots in the same way to minimize tree loss and maximize shading and breezes. These sustainability minded decisions to conserve trees and use narrower roads cost more money and take more time, but the added expense is worth it, Nave says.
August 22, 2012
Modern bamboo-clad farmhouse with solar panels

Passive Progressive

Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.
August 18, 2012
The MudGirls Collective on top of a living roof

Mud Mavens: Mud Girls Founder Jen Gobby

Just off Canada's west coast near Vancouver is a paradise for self-sufficiency seekers. Approximately five miles wide and thirteen-and-a-half miles long, Lasqueti Island is home to poets, artists, designers, musicians, and people from all walks of life trying to live off the land responsibly. There are no paved roads or public utilities—just ingenuity and elbow grease.
August 15, 2012
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Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes. Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the residents applied their own perspective on how to reclaim and adapt these industrial castoffs. Click though our slideshow to see more.
July 20, 2012
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Going Green Again

If going green at home was so simple, everyone would do it right? And though it makes sense in theory, actually bringing a sustainable plan to life is often easier said than done. Over the past few years, however, Dwell has charted the incredible progress of eco-friendly design and the people taking what are often drastic steps to improve their homes and lifestyle for a green future. With that in mind, let's take a look back at our recent past in preparation for the future.  
July 19, 2012
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Whitney Sander on Green Building

I first met architect Whitney Sander of Sander Architects in Los Angeles at Dwell on Design last year. He showed me his work, we talked some prefab (one of his firm's specialties) and when it came time to put together our 2011 prefab issue, he was a perfect fit. You can imagine then how happy I am to have Sander back at Dwell on Design this year. He and I will talk about his hybrid prefab system on the Design Innovation Stage on Friday, June 22nd, and on Saturday the 23rd. For something of a preview, check out this video of Sander on the radio show Center Stage on KLXU. He talks about the merits of light-gauge steel, his work in the Los Angeles area, and coming to embrace the precepts of green design while living in Sierra Leone.
June 13, 2012
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Featured Speaker: Chad Oppenheim

Architects often toil away in obscurity for decades before earning the accolades they merit. It's all of our good fortune that Dwell on Design Featured Speaker Chad Oppenheim has made the transition from rising star to industry icon in a matter of a few years. He’s brought his contagious enthusiasm for radical sustainability to projects from Jordan to Switzerland, but it’s a project in his own backyard that put him on the map: COR, a concept for an ultra-sustainable skyscraper, captured the public’s imagination for what’s possible to accomplish in green building. We reached Oppenheim at his home in Miami, where he waxed poetic about the role of green architecture, the importance of place, and what he'll be talking about when he takes the Sustainability Stage at Dwell on Design Saturday, June 23rd.  
June 6, 2012