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Friday Finds 06.29.12

In our weekly roundup of design finds, a chic shop in Belgium, an app in the style of classic Braun, a dose of archi-porn, and a critical look at the Westin Bonaventure.
June 29, 2012
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Radical Sustainability with Mitchell Joachim

Environmental thought leader, architect, and urban designer Mitchell Joachim joined Dwell editor Amanda Dameron Friday, June 21, at Dwell on Design, sharing his most innovative ideas for the city of the future. In classic Joachim fashion, his fascinating presentation was a volley of high-concept solutions delivered with characteristic charm and humor. Here, we share slideshow highlights—and a few of Joachim's highly-quotable gems.  
June 23, 2012
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Design with the Other 90%: CITIES

The second in a series of themed exhibitions by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum that demonstrate how design can address the world’s most critical issues, "Design with the Other 90%: Cities," opened this past week at the United Nations in New York City. Organized by Cynthia E. Smith, the museum’s curator of socially responsible design, the exhibition features more than 60 projects from 22 countries around the globe and explores design solutions to the challenges created by rapid urban growth in informal settlements (a.k.a. slums). The exhibition is free to the public and runs through Jan. 9, 2012. Here's a glimpse at some of the projects on view, from a "favela painting project" in Rio de Janeiro to Floating Community Lifeboats in Bangladesh, which provide space for solar-powered schools, libraries, clinics and community centers in response to rising waters and extreme density.
October 18, 2011
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From Torrent to Current

In her book Du Torrent au Courant, des Barrages et des Hommes en Savoie (From Torrent to Current: Dam and Man in Savoy), photographer Céline Clanet documents the infrastructure of hydropower in the Beaufortain region of southeastern France: four dams and ten power plants. Set in the midst of bucolic hillsides and snowcapped peaks, these structural behemoths have had profound impacts on the surrounding terrain. With a documentarian eye, Clanet captures all facets of these dams and power plants—from their monumental exterior scales, to labyrinthine interior spaces, to caretakers—focusing on how infrastructure has merged with the natural and social landscape.
September 26, 2011
Marimekko factory interior in Helsinki, Finland

Helsinki Ink

Step inside Marimekko’s printing factory for a look at how its iconic textiles come to life.
July 22, 2011
In 2006, <a href="http://makezine.com/"><i>Make</i></a> magazine hosted the first Maker Faire in San Mateo, California (located in between San Francisco and San Jose). Since then, it has launched annual "faires" in Detroit and New York City as well as "Mi

Maker Faire 2011

This weekend, Maker Faire—dubbed "the world's largest DIY festival"—took over the San Mateo County Event Center for its two-day do-it-yourself, show-and-tell extravaganza. There were hundreds of makers proudly parading their homemade and home-built wares to the estimated 80,000 people in attendance. Click through our slideshow for some of our favorite finds at the festival.
May 23, 2011
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Paolo and Valentina Bertazzoni

This week, Italian kitchen appliance manufacturer Bertazzoni introduced its new line of built-in ovens designed for the U.S. market and unveiled its newest cooktops as well. We sat down with Paolo Bertazzoni, the company's CEO and a fifth-generation Bertazzoni family leader, and his daughter Valentina Bertazzoni, an architect by training and the company's U.S. brand manager, at the Purcell Murray showroom in Brisbane, California, just south of San Francisco and the Dwell headquarters. Here, they share their thoughts on the differences between the Italian and American markets, how they arrived at these new designs, and how the built-in ovens' interfaces can help you make the perfect meal (and then do it again later).
May 11, 2011
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Vote for Dwell in the Webbys!

We here at Dwell are happy that our mobile app has been nominated for a Webby award! We're calling on your help to rock the vote. Download our FREE app for Android and iPhone and vote for us here! Last day to cast ballots is April 28th.
April 25, 2011
Virgin's "Pioneer in Chief" Richard Branson sits down for a quick chat.

Virgin Territory: Richard Branson

It's not everyday that you get on a plane with someone who's been to the moon, and someone who has his own spaceship, but that's exactly what I did yesterday on an early morning flight out of San Francisco International. Among other celebs and VIPs (Rachel Hunter included, oddly) aboard Virgin America's inaugural flight 2001 from their old home in the International Terminal to the newly renovated Terminal 2, Buzz Aldrin and Virgin's "Pioneer In Chief" Richard Branson were the most notable passengers taking part in the festivities. As Virgin Galactic's WhiteKnightTwo joined our Airbus A320 in formation above the Bay Area before landing on parallel runways at SFO, I got a chance to sit down with Branson to ask a few quick questions.
April 7, 2011
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