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  1. NYC Vertical Neighborhood?
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    NYC Vertical Neighborhood?

    In the highly contested 53 West 53rd Street site in Manhattan, Axis Mundi has revealed an alternatively 'diverse' design for the new Hines Tower, future home to the Museum of Modern Art's planned...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.16.09

  2. The Bathroom Reinvented
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    The Bathroom Reinvented

    Who says poo is taboo? In the first episode of Dwell's new video series, The Bathroom Reinvented, Virginia Gardiner makes a case for talking candidly about the can, explaining the designer's role...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.23.09

  3. "I Live in a Frank Gehry"
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    "I Live in a Frank Gehry"

    For the next in our unconventional-campus-spaces series, I could not neglect one of Boston's most controversial works, Frank Gehry's Stata Center. Home to MIT's computer scientists and electrical...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.26.09

  4. Recycling the Unrecyclable
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    Recycling the Unrecyclable

    It is nearly impossible to talk about materials today without invoking a full-fledged powwow about life cycle analysis, carbon footprints, and potential upcycling. Especially in the building...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.30.09

  5. "I Live in an Alvar Aalto"
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    "I Live in an Alvar Aalto"

    Thrusting its sinuous brick curves towards the Charles River, Baker House is one of only two Alvar Aalto works on this side of the Atlantic. As school gets underway, 300 students every year at MIT...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    09.22.09

  6. Pop-Up Schmop-Up
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    Pop-Up Schmop-Up

    Perhaps the most beloved prefix these days for events and design projects -- aside from 'eco-' of course -- is 'pop-up.' Where there used to be only pop-up books and greeting cards in the olden...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.01.10

  7. Living in a Polish Water Tower
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    Living in a Polish Water Tower

    I received an unexpected postcard from the petite Polish town of Dąbrówno last week, sent by my friend Tim who was backpacking through Europe. He mentioned that he was shacking up in a...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.27.10

  8. A Coastline Gem in Ogunquit, Maine
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    A Coastline Gem in Ogunquit, Maine

    As I trekked northward to Maine last month for a lobster-filled weekend getaway, I stumbled upon the Ogunquit Museum of American Art.  A little ways from the shops and beach bustle of Shore...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.01.09

  9. The High Line Opens
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    The High Line Opens

    Amidst much anticipated celebration, the High Line on the west side of Manhattan has finally opened. A formerly-abandoned 1930s elevated rail structure, the High Line has been transformed over the...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.09.09

  10. coolcapitals Competition
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    coolcapitals Competition

    Over the course of Dwell on Design this weekend, a series of graphic design competitions are being staged on the exhibition floor.  Come by the Design Technology Zone to participate or watch...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    06.28.09

  11. Prefab Escapism: Carré d'Etoiles
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    Prefab Escapism: Carré d'Etoiles

    While camping up in Oregon over the fourth of July weekend, I realized when lying on my back in my tent that I wasn't really fulfilling my fervent outdoorsy wish to 'sleep beneath the stars,'...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.14.09

  12. A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel
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    A Pilgrimage to Zumthor's Chapel

    I recently made a Peter Zumthor pilgrimage to Switzerland, where many of his seminal works sit within a 40 mile radius one another in the northeastern part of the country. An architectural journey...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    10.05.10

  13. Marimekko in Harvard Square
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    Marimekko in Harvard Square

    Strolling down Brattle Street in Harvard Square, one can't help but notice the new vibrant swathes of color and fabric trumpeting from the windows of the Design Research Building.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.27.09

  14. "I Live in an I. M. Pei"
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    "I Live in an I. M. Pei"

    We return to our "I Live in a _____" series to glimpse inside another unconventional campus living space, this time at Princeton University.  Built in 1973 out of prefabricated...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    02.13.10

  15. Lightforms, Digitally Fabricated
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    Lightforms, Digitally Fabricated

    Known to many architects as that translucent film paper on which archaic hand drawings become worthy of pin-up, mylar is making an illuminating entrance into the realm of the three-dimensional. ...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    05.11.10

  16. NYC Post-Disaster Housing Request
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    NYC Post-Disaster Housing Request

    In 2007, New York City's Office of Emergency Management launched an international housing design competition, What if NYC?, calling for solutions that would address how to keep residents safe and...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.21.09

  17. Unauthorized Moss Art
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    Unauthorized Moss Art

    From Banksy to Katsu to Iz the Wiz, we often hear about guerilla graffiti artists who've taken their social critiques to the streets with powerful images and strong words.  Along a quieter...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    08.10.09

  18. Venice Biennale: Arsenale
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    Venice Biennale: Arsenale

    I was once told, "If you ever go to the Venice Biennale, you will see all of the architecture that the world will be seeing for the next two years."  So here I am, at the opening of...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    08.31.10

  19. Better x Design: Emeka Okafor
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    Better x Design: Emeka Okafor

    "Makers with Ph.Ds stood next to makers from the side of the road - it is not about who you are or where you come from, but what you have done." At A Better World By Design, a three-day...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    10.06.09

  20. Ford & Ching Debuts 100xbetter
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    Ford & Ching Debuts 100xbetter

    A desk, a loveseat, and a shelving system -- all in one single flat pack? I, too, was amazed at the clever level of reconfigurability when I saw these new pieces appear in my inbox. Recently...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    05.19.10

  21. Color-Changing Roof Tiles
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    Color-Changing Roof Tiles

    Living in a temperate climate, and deciding between a dark roof and a white roof? Trying to calculate if your summertime benefit with a light roof will outweigh the potential wintertime losses? We...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.17.09

  22. Summer Hotel Pops Up Overnight
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    Summer Hotel Pops Up Overnight

    A temporary summerhouse has opened in Amsterdam. Conceived by the Dutch architecture firm DUS, it is a hotel, a work of art, a public event space, and it is...illegal.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    08.18.09

  23. Manufactured Landscapes
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    Manufactured Landscapes

    I had the opportunity to view a riveting film last week on Edward Burtynsky's photography, entitled Manufactured Landscapes.

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    12.04.09

  24. Architecture Delivery to Rwanda
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    Architecture Delivery to Rwanda

    With nearly ten million people, Rwanda is Africa’s most densely populated country -- yet it boasts fewer than ten architecture firms within its borders.  As one of the most pressing...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Ebbe Strathairn
    04.01.10

  25. Eglu by Omlet
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    Eglu by Omlet

    How many times have you opened your refrigerator to scramble an egg for breakfast, and then realize that you have none left? With the eglu by Omlet, and a couple of pet chickens, your eggless...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.08.09

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