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3 Truly Inspiring Homes by Habitat for Humanity

For nearly 40 years, Habitat for Humanity has worked with architects, students, and volunteers around the world to guarantee the neediest their most basic human right, shelter. These are the stories behind three welcoming Habitat homes.
April 2, 2015
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Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary, Easy-to-Build Shelters for Disaster-Prone Areas

Responding to the displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan, architect Shigeru Ban designed a series of easy-to-build prefab shelters for the Philippines.
December 12, 2014
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Improving Lives Through Accessible Design

Industry leaders gather in Boston to brainstorm human-centric solutions.
November 14, 2014
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Modern Mud Homes: A New Take on Building in Ghana

A design contest wants Ghanaians to envision modern homes hewn from the material beneath their feet.
October 27, 2014
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Using Color for Good: Q&A with Designer Ruth Lande Shuman

Industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman, who founded the nonprofit Publicolor, expounds on color’s emotional value.
October 23, 2014

Can the Los Angeles River Start a New Chapter?

An ambitious, year-long civic engagement project wants Angelenos to play along their waterway.
September 5, 2014
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Amazing Textiles Explore the Sense of Touch

Five years ago, Emily Fischer launched a startup studio called Haptic Lab that designs and creates products that explore the sense of touch, including handmade kites and intricately stitched quilts. In celebration of the Brooklyn-based studio’s fifth anniversary this month, Dwell talked with Fischer about the inspiration behind her designs.
September 4, 2014
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Rebuilding Schools Through Art and Community

There's no denying: high school architecture is often less than inspired. With the help of New Haven-based architecture firm Svigals + Partners, students of the city's Lincoln-Bassett School gave their hallways a burst of color (and inspiration to boot) by covering them with murals before going back to school for the fall. This type of project is no stretch for the firm, which is currently at work designing Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Its design for the school incorporates both students' suggestions and artistic creations. We're thrilled to welcome Barry Svigals, managing partner of the firm, to join us at Dwell on Design New York from October 9-11, 2014 to discuss community rebuilding.
August 14, 2014
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Green Prefab Homes for a Native American Reservation

The Make it Right foundation taps architects to put a prefab spin on homes for the Fort Peck reservation in Montana.
July 14, 2014
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