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Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.
October 20, 2014
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Idyllic Home Designed for an Artist

In the remote San Juan Islands, an artist and an architect collaborate on a modern residence dedicated to creative pursuits.
October 1, 2014
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The Living: Using Biology as a Building Block

Brooklyn-based architecture firm The Living, run by David Benjamin, aims to use biology to challenge traditional building methods. The winner of the MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program in 2014, the firm filled the museum's courtyard with three towers made of carbon-neutral bricks that were engineered from corn stalks and a mushroom material. Benjamin will join us at Dwell on Design NY to chat about how the built world can engender a healthy population.
September 24, 2014
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Inventive Garden Home in India

Behind a house in crowded Bangalore, India, two architects carve out a midcity oasis.
September 19, 2014
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Elevated 606 Park Will Transform Chicago

A decade in the making, an unused 2.7-mile rail line is set to become Chicago's great new park.
September 18, 2014
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Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
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Tech-Savvy Homes

We are still years away from Jetson-esque digs, but the residents of these seven homes rely on cutting-edge technology for greener, cohesive, and more comfortable homes.
August 13, 2014
In Los Angeles, a technology entrepreneur turned residential developer introduces a new line of modern, LEED-certified prefab houses.

9 Energy-Efficient Prefab Homes

Prefabrication can be used to solve anything from budget concerns to building obstacles. Packed with a range of sustainable features, these prefab homes tackle environmental issues, too.
August 7, 2014
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Modern Gabled House in Portland

In Portland, Oregon, a designer creates an open, environmentally sensitive house for a client on a 5,000-square-foot lot.
August 4, 2014