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  1. Gates of Heaven
    --Done Right

    Gates of Heaven

    Effective airport designs are often underappreciated, as it is easy to take them for granted when things go smoothly. You are comfortable, you find what you need, and you are not bored out of your...

    written by: Tom Downs
    05.13.09

  2. Houston, Texas
    City Guide

    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

  3. Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar
    A Great Idea

    Honey Pie Natural Shampoo Bar

    I made a glorious discovery in the shower last night: shampoo in bar form. I'm in Toronto serving on the curatorial committee for the third Twenty+Change design exhibition and publication and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.11

  4. Julio Miranda Thiel's Workshop
    Travel Reports

    Julio Miranda Thiel's Workshop

    I had the chance to visit master potter Julio Miranda Thiel's workshop at the Beldi Country Club just outside of Marrakech. I met Thiel at a dinner a few nights before and he graciously invited me...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.09.12

  5. Living on Water: Stilted Villages
    Travel Reports

    Living on Water: Stilted Villages

    After visiting the legendary floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, I took a detour to Kompong Phluk, a permanent settlement built upon stilts at the edge of the lake. As I paddled...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    04.07.10

  6. Exploring Melbourne, Australia
    City Guide

    Exploring Melbourne, Australia

    No opera house. No Bondi Beach. No sunning celebs. This is Melbourne, home of Australia’s most thriving design scene.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: João Canziani
    05.19.11

  7. We're Not in Kansas Anymore
    City Guide

    We're Not in Kansas Anymore

    On May 4, 2007, Greensburg, Kansas, was wiped off the map. An EF5 tornado ravaged the small town of 1,400 residents, destroying or severely damaging 95 percent of the city. Less than a week later,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alec Soth
    04.06.11

  8. Melbourne, Australia: Day Four
    Travel Reports

    Melbourne, Australia: Day Four

    After zipping around the countryside on my third day in Melbourne, Australia, Day Four was to be a decidedly urban affair--a self-guided tour of some of the city's architectural marvels with stops...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.14.09

  9. Copenhagen, Denmark
    City Guide

    Copenhagen, Denmark

    According to Solveig Nielsen of the Danish Architecture Center, there's nothing rotten in perennially fresh Copenhagen.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Thomas Ibsen
    02.26.09

  10. Barcelona, Day Two
    Travel Reports

    Barcelona, Day Two

    On our second day in Barcelona, fueled by café con leche and enough jamon to kill a horse, we excitedly settled into a breakneck tour of modern Catalan design and architecture. From Gaudi...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    photos by: Amanda Dameron
    01.29.11

  11. Better x Design: Emeka Okafor
    Profiles

    Better x Design: Emeka Okafor

    "Makers with Ph.Ds stood next to makers from the side of the road - it is not about who you are or where you come from, but what you have done." At A Better World By Design, a three-day...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.06.09

  12. Tiles of Marrakech
    Travel Reports

    Tiles of Marrakech

    I was in Morocco last week and it should come as no surprise to design fans that I was ensorcelled by the variety and complexity of Moroccan tilework. From elaborate mosaics on palace walls to...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.15.12

  13. Phoenix Envy
    City Guide

    Phoenix Envy

    Skip Sedona and forget the Grand Canyon? Architect Will Bruder leads us on a journey through slow food and rapid development in Phoenix, Arizona.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: João Canziani
    02.26.09

  14. Inside Istanbul
    City Guide

    Inside Istanbul

    It’s been called Byzantium, Constantinople, Stamboul, and Tsarigrad, but as designer Efe Buluc shows us, there’s only one Istanbul.

    written by: Reyhan Harmanci
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    02.26.09

  15. Hong Kong's Upper House Hotel
    Hotels

    Hong Kong's Upper House Hotel

    In Hong Kong, we had the opportunity to check out the new Upper House hotel. Every bit of the hotel was designed by Andre Fu, the 35-year-old founder of the burgeoning Hong Kong firm AFSO—...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.14.10

  16. Putting the Motel in Hotels
    Design 101

    Putting the Motel in Hotels

    When design hotels first appeared in the ’80s, with their stylish bars, big-name designers, and excessive tariffs, many of us could have been forgiven for thinking that they were merely...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    05.26.09

  17. The Design of the Paris Metro
    Travel Reports

    The Design of the Paris Metro

    The Paris metro was born with the same furor as the Eiffel Tower, right on time for the World Expo at the turn of the 20th century. Over the past few months, I've spent nearly an hour everyday...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    08.24.10

  18. Helsinki Rising
    City Guide

    Helsinki Rising

    Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    02.26.09

  19. The Bangkok Beat
    City Guide

    The Bangkok Beat

    Mason Florence, ex-rodeo rider, photo gallery director, and publisher of Bangkok 101, steers us through Thailand’s “Venice of the East.”

    written by: Ron Gluckman
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.21.09

  20. Montreal Exposed
    City Guide

    Montreal Exposed

    Dispassionate about his city's de rigueur "City of Design" designation, architect Gilles Saucier shows us there's more to Montreal than Expo 67.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Matthew Monteith
    02.26.09

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