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Marcel Wilson's backyard marshland with wooden boardwalk

Backyard Marsh in San Francisco

A landscape architect in San Francisco harnesses an underground water source to create a lush marshland in his own backyard.
October 26, 2012
ArchinCity

Design: It's About Time

On September 18, Dwell deputy editor Aaron Britt will join the AIASF's Architecture in the City Festival, San Francisco's city-wide celebration of architecture, when he leads the panel Design: It's About Time. Though San Francisco boasts a high degree of open space for a city so dense, the appetite for parks, and design innovation, goes unchecked. Britt, in conversation with landscape architect Walter Hood of Hood Design; Jane Martin, AIA of Shift Design Studio; and Phil Ginsburg of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department; will examine the role of temporary parks in the city's urban fabric.  
September 14, 2012
Outdoor sunken seating area with concrete fire pit

Sunken Outdoor Fire Pit

Hufft Projects carves out a sunken seating area in an outdoor scheme designed for entertaining.
August 21, 2012
Laurinda Spear of Arquitectonica

Corporate Wisdom: Laurinda Spear

In our July/August issue, we take a look at 15 women leading the design world, one of whom is Laurinda Spear, cofounder of the Miami firm Arquitectonica. We spoke with her and three other women who have climbed to the top of corporate architecture to learn about how they got their start and what advice they'd give to other women in the field. Here's an extended interview with Spear that ranges from vampires to balancing work and family to her elation at having her daughter Marisa join the firm.
July 6, 2012
DOD outdoor thumb

Dwell on Design: Outdoor Focus

Dwell on Design is bigger and better than ever, and that goes for our perennially popular Outdoor section, too. Located at the back of the 220,000-square-foot show floor, the area—peppered with olive trees, flowering plants, and real turf—transplants the outdoors into the convention center, and exerts an almost magnetic force on DOD attendees. The green oasis was designed by Shades of Green Landscape Architecture and expertly installed by FormLA Landscaping with trees from SWG Trees. This year it plays host to three fully furnished prefab houses, the new Airstream Sterling, designed by Christopher Deam, a ping-pong table, and plenty of places to lounge. Click through our slideshow for some of the highlights.
June 24, 2012
Urban park plan illustration by Röllerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co.

Seattle's Next-Wave Design Firm?

A year and a half ago, while on sabbatical from Olson Kundig Architects, Kevin Scott conceived of Röllerhaus Pictureworks & Design Co. A mix of design firm, artist/designer collective, and advanced illustration company, Rollerhaüs is trying to blaze a new trail for what a design firm can be. "The practice type I’m trying to create doesn’t exist so I don’t have any sort of model I can work from," says Scott. "What I’m trying to do is blend a kind of idea-based practice, as embodied by an IDEO, with the artistry and communication of a visual effects firm (like Industrial Light & Magic) that operates primarily in architecture and urbanism." Curious to learn more about Scott's work and vision, I asked him a handful of questions—about his eclectic background, his favorite rendering tools, and Seattle's design scene.
May 7, 2012
Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Visitor Center, Location: Brooklyn NY, Architect: Weiss Manfredi Architects

Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new visitors center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (opening in a mere six weeks!). Luckily, magnolias and cherry trees were already in bloom and a bright sun illuminated the mostly-transparent structure. The deceptively modest structure is nestled into a hill on the northeast corner of the site, so 50 percent of its envelope benefits from thermal efficiency. And like any ground-up civil structure worth its salt, it's sustainable, with a geoexchange system comprised of 28 heating and cooling wells, radiant floor heating, and landscaping made of postconsumer recycled building materials. And did we mention it's a looker? Click through for a preview.
April 5, 2012
cedar and larch Japanese house with garden

Back to Nature

A one-of-a-kind house on a Japanese island blurs the indoor-outdoor divide.
April 4, 2012
5 wave deck rail

Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had

Street furniture already catches the eye of denizens eyeing a resting spot, but in select cities it also has people marveling at their good looks. Designers from all over the world are adding flavor—with a healthy dose of colorful whimsy—to otherwise gray streets with these seats, benches, planters, and the like, but what makes these pieces even better is that tourists and locals alike actually use them, demonstrating that good modern design puts function at the heart of creation. Whether custom-designed or off-the-shelf, we break down a list of some of the coolest pieces on streets and boardwalks right now.
February 4, 2012
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