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  1. Activist Designers: Design 99
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    Activist Designers: Design 99

    Gina Reichert, an architectural designer, and her husband, artist Mitch Cope, are the duo behind Design 99, an organization in Detroit that creates everything from bathroom tile designs to...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Jason Keen
    12.21.10

  2. Art Start
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    Art Start

    Curatorial manager Jennifer Strate O’Neal calls Creative Growth Art Center the “homestead” of a now-flourishing creative community in Oakland, California.

    photos by: Doug Adesko
    02.26.09

  3. Bringing Beets to the Streets
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    Bringing Beets to the Streets

    The beats you hear booming through the Oakland streets might be emanating from the cars of future rap stars—or from the People's Grocery Mobile Market.

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    07.27.09

  4. Brooklyn Renaissance
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    Brooklyn Renaissance

    Thanks to a group of young Brooklyn architects, an immigrant neighborhood untouched by gentrification gets low-income housing with high ideals.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    02.26.09

  5. Buffalo Basics at 153 Eaton Street
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    Buffalo Basics at 153 Eaton Street

    It may be hard to believe, but Buffalo, New York, was once a pinnacle of high-tech innovation, even dubbed the City of Light for being one of the first electrified towns in America. But today, with...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    06.17.09

  6. Camp Counsel
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    Camp Counsel

    Architecture professor Laura Terry and her students spent a summer designing and creating new facilities for young campers with physical and developmental disabilities.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.25.09

  7. Deborah Leach and Thames21
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    Deborah Leach and Thames21

    If you’ve never heard of “fly-tipping,” then you’ve certainly seen its results. Fly-tipping is the British term for dumping garbage illegally, and it’s the civic...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    11.03.09

  8. Denise Korn
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    Denise Korn

    "In 2003, Denise Korn marched into the Boston public school system with one goal in mind: to demystify the process of design. She had already learned, as copresident of the Creative Economy...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    10.22.09

  9. Design for the Public
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    Design for the Public

    Public Architecture forges ahead into uncharted territory, and creates a model for fitting pro bono work into the daily practice of every firm.  

    written by: Ann Wilson
    photos by: Emily Nathan
    05.04.09

  10. Emily Pilloton
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    Emily Pilloton

    With the offices of her upstart nonprofit, Project H, located in the same space as Cameron Sinclair’s Architecture for Humanity, Emily Pilloton’s everyday life is steeped in a desire to...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    08.21.09

  11. Investing in the Market
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    Investing in the Market

    With its community market initiative, PPS reinvents the public square on the international scale.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    03.14.09

  12. Local Fundraising
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    Local Fundraising

    Creative projects get a leg up and their word out at gatherings that serve donations with a side of social capital. Move over, Kickstarter. Across the country, philanthropy is getting personalized.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Vanessa Miller
    05.23.12

  13. Michael Gainer
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    Michael Gainer

    When Michael Gainer moved from Boston to the Rust Belt city of Buffalo, New York, he had no idea he’d end up in “deconstruction”—not the collected works of Jacques Derrida...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    04.07.09

  14. Nani Marquina
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    Nani Marquina

    We were already big fans of Barcelona–based designer Nani Marquina, but now that we hear she helped reopen a shuttered school for 366 kids in Bhadohi, India, we're approaching swoon territory.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    02.21.11

  15. Not Just Skating By
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    Not Just Skating By

    For years, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has ranted about wanting to build a skate plaza: a skate park integrated into the urban environment as a landscaped, multi-use public space. When he...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    photos by: Amanda Marsalis
    02.26.09

  16. Public Defender
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    Public Defender

    Zoe Ryan has written art and design articles and books, helped curate shows at the MoMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and, most spectacularly, brought new life to the Van Alen Institute, New...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.25.09

  17. Rebuilt This CIty!
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    Rebuilt This CIty!

    The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    02.25.09

  18. Restoration of Hope
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    Restoration of Hope

    Uganda is a country ravaged by the effects of civil war, and a place where HIV/AIDS and contaminated drinking water result in a high incidence of death, especially among children.

    03.15.09

  19. The Power of Paint
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    The Power of Paint

    Students are redesigning their environment under the guidance of Publicolor, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.26.09

  20. Todd Larson and Elemental Awareness
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    Todd Larson and Elemental Awareness

    In the summer of 2001, Element Skateboards founder Johnny Schillereff stumbled on a new addition to a YMCA skate camp in Northern California: a nature survival-skills program. Over the course of...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    10.19.09

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