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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. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

  4. Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop
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    Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop

    With photos now pouring in of newly snow-covered cities across America—or perhaps exactly because of it—we have Hawaii on our minds.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.17.08

  5. The Yurt: Ancient Dwelling, Modern Lifestyle
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    The Yurt: Ancient Dwelling, Modern Lifestyle

    The yurt, one of the most ancient forms of shelter, has seen a resurgence in popularity among modernists in the last several years—Ecoshack’s Nomad Yurt is one of our favorites. These...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.06.09

  6. Dormitory Climbing Wall
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    Dormitory Climbing Wall

    Here at Dwell, we’re big fans of multi-purpose places: live-work spaces, home-art galleries, and products like Murphy beds that transform office spaces or play areas to instant guest rooms....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.14.09

  7. Luminhaus Lantern Shed
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    Luminhaus Lantern Shed

    How do you create a tool shed to match the modern lines of a Rocio Romero LV prefab house? If you’re Barry Bless and Jennifer Watson, you cross a standard storage shed design with that of a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.15.09

  8. Palm Springs Modern: Uptown Shopping District
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    Palm Springs Modern: Uptown Shopping District

    For the past three years, thousands of architecture and design enthusiasts from around the world have flocked to Palm Springs for its annual Modernism Week. Running now through February 21, the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.18.09

  9. Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings
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    Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings

    From city slickers to country bumpkins, homeowners have always longed for a special place from which to escape the toils of day-to-day life.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amanda Friedman
    02.27.09

  10. New School Architecture
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    New School Architecture

    The American Institute of Architects San Francisco chapter has a fascinating exhibition in their gallery right now that asks how school design can help develop our citizens of tomorrow.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.01.09

  11. Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
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    Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

    Of all American cities, you'd think Chicago would be at the forefront of celebrating and preserving its architecture. And while in many ways it does—the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.07.09

  12. Living in Levittown
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    Living in Levittown

    One of the criticisms of suburbia is its homogeneity—and there's no better example of monotonous development than the Levittown communities built in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The history books...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.09.09

  13. AIA SF Design Awards 2009
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    AIA SF Design Awards 2009

    San Francisco is a hotspot for incredible architecture—and this past year was no exception. Last week the American Institute of Architect’s San Francisco chapter celebrated the best of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.09

  14. The Secret Lives of Urban Space
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    The Secret Lives of Urban Space

    Earlier this week, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival presented a collection of six experimental short films, grouped as The Secret Lives of Urban Space, which explored...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.21.09

  15. Palm Springs, California
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    Palm Springs, California

    In Palm Springs, California, “mid-century modern” connotes more than just Eames chairs and glass walls; it also hints at Hollywood Regency. From the 1920s through the 1970s, silver...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  16. Tiny Houses
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    Tiny Houses

    Living small is the new way to live big—whether within a tighter, more creatively written budget or physically in fewer square feet. In her new book Tiny Houses, Loud Paper Magazine founder...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.28.09

  17. NOLA Design Competition
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    NOLA Design Competition

    Living locally is a trend that has captured not only foodies but designers, too. This past weekend, I headed down to the Big Easy as a guest judge for the Billes Architecture Home Design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.14.09

  18. Top Ten Green Projects
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    Top Ten Green Projects

    Earlier this week, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment announced the winners of their annual Top Ten Green Projects competition. The scoring system was based on...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.15.09

  19. Lath House Doghouse
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    Lath House Doghouse

    I was recently in Palm Springs, California, to help judge doghouse designs for BARKitecture CHIQue 2009, a pet-sized architecture competition and auction to benefit Gilda’s Club Desert Cities...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.03.09

  20. Houston, Texas
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    Houston, Texas

    Texas is known for propagating a "bigger is better" attitude. But even in Houston—the state’s oil and energy epicenter— residents are starting to understand the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.06.09

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