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Cycle China Week 4

Cycle China: Week 4

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us as she tells about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road in an attempt to better understand China's urban and rural biking culture. Week Three: Arriving in Shanghai...   Landscape designer Amirah Shahid has dodged cows and poplar bark drying along roadsides on her nearly 800-mile cycling journey from Beijing to Shanghai. In this update, she makes it to her final destination—but not without a ferry trip to cross the Yangtze River (where bikes are not allowed on the bridge)—and contends with smog and rain along the way. Her SWA Group colleagues from the Shanghai office, however, were ready to toast her success upon arrival with glasses held high at an Oktoberfest Festival organized by a local Chinese development group. Read on!
September 29, 2011
Cycle China Week 3

Cycle China: Week 3

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us as she tells about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road in an attempt to better understand China's urban and rural biking culture. Week Three: Halfway there...   Amirah Shahid checks in from the road with images of the Confucius temple in Qufu, the Grand Canal (the world's largest man-made waterway), and Huian, where she witnessed indiviuals launching lanterns into the sky to celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival.
September 22, 2011
Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid in his studio.

Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid

Architect as emergency response worker: that’s the concept behind ArchiAid, an organization founded after Japan’s March 11th tsunami and earthquake that aims to help revive the battered coastal region. The group of over 200 architects—which includes UCLA Department of Architecture Chair Hitoshi Abe and dozens of other well-known Japanese architects—have held symposiums and workshops, joined local planning committees, interviewed disaster victims about the history of their obliterated villages, and drawn up town plans that take safety, sustainability, and culture into account. I caught up with Yasuaki Onoda, a founding member of ArchiAid, professor at Tohoku University’s Department of Architecture in Sendai, and collaborator with Toyo Ito on the Sendai Mediatheque building. When I left his design lab at around ten in the evening, he and his students were still bent over their models, tirelessly designing the future towns of Tohoku.
September 20, 2011
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Building Community

With a clean-lined new loft building designed by El Dorado Inc., a fleet of hip galleries, and a burgeoning creative class, Wichita is anything but plains.
September 16, 2011
Cycle China Week 2

Cycle China: Week 2

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Join us as she tells about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road in an attempt to better understand China's urban and rural biking culture. Week Two: On the road...   San Francisco-based landscape designer Amirah Shahid is a third of her way through her ride from Beijing and Shanghai. (Read our interview with Shahid as she was packing for the trip.) She's found local bike stores promoting cycling events and races, fast food restaurant parking lots turned into mass informal bike parking, fresh-water springs at which to refill bottles, and more. Click through to see her photos and read her notes from the road.
September 12, 2011
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Friday Finds 9.09.11

Scroll down to see what the editors of Dwell thought was interesting, notable, and ever-so-findable in our weekly roundup of design discoveries.
September 9, 2011
Cycle China 1

Cycle China: Week 1

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Join us as she tells us about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road as she attempts to understand China's urban and rural biking cultures. Week One: Meet Amirah...   Right now, San Francisco-based landscape designer Amirah Shahid is somewhere between Beijing and Cangzhou City, China—and she has a long way to go, especially since she's self-propelling herself nearly 800 miles by bike. Over the course of the next three weeks, Shahid is cycling from Beijing to Shanghai. The goal: to learn as much as she can about biking in China so she can share the new knowledge with her colleagues at SWA Group so they can incorporate it into their many development projects in the country.
September 5, 2011
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Inspiration Nation

Writer Lisa Katayama sees innovation triumphing over tragedy in Japan in the wake of the Sendai earthquake.
August 18, 2011
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Kansas City Bus Shelters

One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for one of the firms recent projects in our October issue, but to tide you El Dorado fiends over for the moment, here are a pair of bus shelters the firm recently designed and erected at the Commonwealth Development in the Hyde Park neighborhood of KC. 
August 15, 2011
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