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The Architect of New York City's Rockaway Boardwalk Reveals Her Public-Project Tips at Dwell on Design NY

After Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Rockaway boardwalk, Claire Weisz of architecture firm WXY imagined a new public space for New York City. At Dwell on Design New York, she'll share her tips for creating work in the public realm.
September 23, 2015
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At Dwell on Design, Learn How Architects and Developers Are Creating New York City's Newest Neighborhood

As part of our run-up to Dwell on Design New York (DODNY), taking place October 2-4, we're highlighting a few of our diverse panelists who'll be discussing everything from urban resiliency to smart home technology. Just 30 blocks north of the DODNY venue, the Hudson Yards development is the future home of almost 17.5 million square feet of offices, restaurants, residences, and more. We've gathered some of the project's key figures to discuss how they're doing it.
September 16, 2015
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Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley Wants to Reconnect Cities with Their Waterways

More than a half-century ago, Houston's flood-prone Buffalo Bayou was unceremoniously turned into a straight sluice to carry excess water to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, the city embarked on a $58 million plan to restore the river’s natural bends and build new wetlands and parks, transforming this onetime eyesore into an urban amenity. Much of the credit for its success goes to Kevin Shanley, a landscape architect and principal at SWA Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. We asked Shanley, who specializes in urban river projects, about the rebirth of the Buffalo Bayou and the benefits of restoring natural habitats to urban waterways.
June 12, 2015
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Remembering the Forefather of Urban Renewal, Lawrence Halprin

Lawrence Halprin galvanized people into action with his grand cityscapes. The landscape architects of today are following his example—but at a different scale.
June 1, 2015
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Bus Stations Remodeled With Graphic Flowers

A new series of custom-fabricated metal screens are popping up at bus stops across El Paso, Texas, displaying dramatically enlarged photographs of local plants and flowers. These virtual gardens are part of the Leaves of Wind project by Boston-based artist Catherine Widgery.
April 17, 2015
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Pair of Skyscrapers Sneak a 2,800-Plant Park into Milan

Two soaring, plant-filled towers suggest a new future for the city skyline.
January 7, 2015

Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?

Six teams of architects propose empowering new solutions for urban sprawl.
December 1, 2014