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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
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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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Friday Finds 8.12.11

We present to you our weekly roundup of all things interesting, exciting, and design-related that we discovered on the web. Scroll down for a look at a new book on urbanism by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, a stop motion film shot with a smartphone, and a vending machine for cyclists.
August 12, 2011
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Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.
August 8, 2011
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Friday Finds 7.15.11

Do you consider yourself a cat person or a dog person? According to Hunch, the blog that Aaron found this week, that distinction also correlates with your T.V. show preferences. Dog people will gravitate to Seinfeld, SNL, and House whereas the favorites of cat people are X-Files, Big Love and Xena: Warrior Princess. Xena? Haven't head that in while. Also not to miss: a video preview of the Summer Jubilee at the Walker Art Center where the series of events includes teaching kids important life skills, like, "how to esacpe from a trunk and hot wire a car." Never a dull moment in Finds o' Friday.
July 15, 2011
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Powell St. Parklet

San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday. After success outside scruffy Mission District coffee shops and pram-litered Noe Valley, some of the most iconic blocks of San Francisco are newly widened with torqued aluminum raling, drought-tolerant plants, and enough space for pedestrian-choked Powell Street to breathe. The cash came from Audi (more on that to follow) and the design from landscape architect Walter Hood. I walked the eight new parklets with Hood and metal fabricator Scott Atthowe when they were unveiled. Here's what I saw.
July 14, 2011
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72 Hour Urban Action

The other week I attended a gathering at REBAR in San Francisco, in honor of Israeli architects Kerem Halbrecht and Gilly Karjevsky's cool project, 72 Hour Urban Action. Held last September and billed as "the world's first real-time architecture competition," the 72 Hour Urban Action contest brought 120 architects, artists, students, designers and craftspeople from twenty countries around the world to the city of Bat-Yam, Israel. Teams had three days and three nights to build projects that responded to the needs of their assigned sites, or "missions." The three winning projects will remain on site permanently.
May 3, 2011