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Avenue Road

From the “Make Your Own Luck” desk: In June, the Toronto- and New York-based architects George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg opened the new furniture showroom-cum-gallery they designed for Avenue Road, in Toronto’s revivifying Leslieville district. As entrepreneurial as they are creative, Yabu and Pushelberg own the building (an architecturally significant, century-old former gasworks), hold a half-interest in Avenue Road itself, a company which markets an extensive but well-edited line of contemporary as well as classic furnishings and objects – and have several Yabu Pushelberg-designed pieces on offer in Avenue Road’s collection. With that much business incentive, small wonder that YP’s elegant renovation turned out so well.  
July 13, 2010
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Winners: Do More with Your Door

We joined forces with The Sliding Door Company and asked all you savvy design enthusiasts to submit your most tremendous, transitional transformations through the use of sliding doors, dividers, and partitions. We asked and you responded, in droves! Without further ado, the winners of Do More with Your Door are...
July 9, 2010
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Friday Finds 7.9.2010

Lotsa good stuff today: things to watch, things to do, things to covet. We're also excited to share the very first Friday Find contributed by our brand-spanking-new editor, Jaime Gross! Here's to many more internet treasures, yet to be found, and a happy weekend to all.
July 9, 2010

Events this Weekend: 7.8-7.11

This week we bring you five exhibits worthy of getting you Out and About. From San Francisco to New York, we've got you covered.
July 8, 2010
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The Tallest Cake in the World

To my joie de vivre, my first Sunday in Paris coincided with musée gratuit dimanche, the first Sunday of every month when museums across the city open their doors to the masses for no charge. As I ambled through the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimonie at Trocadero, I was tickled to stumble upon the very recent relics of the tallest cake in the world.
July 6, 2010
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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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