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Inside the New Bay Bridge

On a recent sunny San Franciscan morning, associate editor Miyoko Ohtake put on a yellow vest, protective goggles, and a hardhat to partake in a deep-access tour of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Led by Bay Bridge Public Information Officer Bart Ney, the tour included a visit to (and inside!) the new eastern skyway as well as a boat cruise around the base of the bridge, which is expected to be completed in 2013. Watch our slideshow for a look into the construction of the incredible structure.
July 2, 2010
Abraham Lincoln, 2004–5, gouache on paper, 15 x 11 inches, by Maira Kalman. Courtesy of the artist and Julie Saul Gallery, New York.

Events this Weekend: 7.1-7.4

Happy Canada Day! Today marks the national celebration of our neighbors to the north (and the home country of yours truly). Between singing O Canada and prepping the grill for Sunday's Fourth of July barbecues, be sure to check out the following exhibits before they've come and gone.
July 1, 2010
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In Review: SMIBE's short films

On Sunday afternoon at Dwell on Design we dimmed the lights on the Sustainability Stage for a special screening from SMIBE—The Society for Moving Images About the Built Environment. Founding member Bill Ferehawk, who is a former architect and current director and principal at Radiant Features, presented the winners and finalists from SMIBE's Personal Infrastructures short film competition. The contest, which garnered 208 entries from around the world, called for moviemakers—student and professional—to create three-minute shorts that demonstrated the foundations that make up our lives: personal, and public and everything in between. There was a huge range of styles, each focusing on a very different way of seeing our world, and the results are impressive. Check out the clips below!  
June 30, 2010
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Architzer and Design Clinic

Architizer, the recently launched social networking site for architects, hosted Design Clinic this year at Dwell on Design. It was a chance for anyone to make an appointment with a practicing local architect for a free, 20-minute consultation. I sat down with Jenda Michl, principal of the Hollywood firm Vertu Studio, to find out what people wanted to know, what kind of problems they have, and what challenges face today’s young designers.
June 28, 2010
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And the Water Wise Winners Are...

We teamed up with Kohler in hot pursuit of a common enemy—the water hog—and we asked you to submit your water-saving solutions for a “Water Wise” future. The submissions flooded in (pun intended) and our team of judges have finished wading through the entries. We are pleased to announce the following winning submissions.
June 27, 2010
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Dwell on Design 2010: Day Two

We have more from the floor at the fifth-annual Dwell on Design conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Here we present a few booths that caught our attention.  
June 27, 2010
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From the Floor: Brinca Dada

The Modern Family zone has more to occupy mini modernists than a Dwell parent could ask for. One of our favorites was Brinca Dada's Emerson House dollhouse. Designed as a toy adults like to look at and kids like to play with, the house caught the eyes of tikes and parents alike. Dwell associate editor Miyoko Ohtake chatted with the new company's cofounder and CEO Douglas Rollins about its debut product.
June 27, 2010
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From the Show Floor: Sleek Identity

One of the advantages of online shopping is being able to sift through thousands upon thousands of designs and products. On the flipside, however, you lose the opportunity of experiencing said designs and products in person before you make your purchase. At Dwell on Design, you have the rare chance to hold, sit on, and touch a handful of items curated by Stéfanie Gélinas and sold on her brand-new online-only shop named Sleek Identity. Gélinas’s goal is to bring the work of small, European designers without distributors in the United States to the North American market. Dwell associate editor Miyoko Ohtake popped into the Sleek Identity book for a quick chat with Gélinas, who is based in Santa Monica, and to find out what are her favorite products for sale.
June 26, 2010
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From the Floor: Asia Now Exhibition

Last year at Dwell on Design our pals at Italian website designboom curated the wonderful show Kitchen Ecology. This year they’re back with a passel of new domestic products from all over Asia. The latest modern housewares from Iran to Singapore are on display, and I had a wander through the exhibit to call out a few of my favorites.
June 26, 2010