Executive chef Susumu Ueda was born in the United States and raised in Japan and has lived everywhere from Belgrade to Athens.
Steve Reczkowski has been a fine-art photographer for 15 years and finds working in a photo lab a most convenient occupation for supporting himself and his art.
Tony Espinoza is the man behind San Francisco Soundworks, a full-service multiroom recording studio that’s putting the city back on the map as one of the top places to hit the charts.
Arshad Chowdhury is the cofounder of MetroNaps, the first company to provide midday napping facilities in the form of handsome fiberglass pods (shown opposite).
Peter Stathis is the principal of a leading collaborative design venture, Virtual Studio, which specializes in consumer products, and has worked with Arstecnica, KnollStudio, Nambé, and OXO.
Daniel Patterson is the owner and executive chef of Coi Restaurant in San Francisco. Coi, which means “tranquil” in archaic French, is just that: a quiet refuge amid the flamboyant flash of strip...
Heather Wagner is a freelance writer and Dwell contributor and is currently writing a comic novel on the subject of modern etiquette.
“Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...
Kathleen Walsh is the founder and head designer of the Los Angeles–based design firm Walteria Living, which was established in 2004. Walsh and her staff of five specialize in usually clever,...
The home’s water collection system makes capturing and storing fresh water so simple that you wonder why cities need a municipal supply at all.
Spray foams are made from a variety of materials, some of which are toxic or harmful to the environment, so it’s important to know what you’re getting.
No matter where you live, you can use the stable temperatures of the earth to condition building spaces. In winter, the ground is warmer than the air, so it can be used to heat a house. In summer...
The EcoHat is as typical of the Oxley Woods design as an old-fashioned chimney. The unit is easily accessible from inside the home, allowing for repairs and updates to technology without the need...
Environment: About 200 million tons of straw go to waste in the U.S. every year. If all the wasted straw were burned, it would add up to nearly 6 percent of the total CO2 emitted annually by...
One piece of correspondence that never darkens the mailbox of this Northern California beach house is a utility bill (nor are guests wandering around swathed in multiple sweaters).
The ventilation shafts of the windcatcher reach several feet above the roof to pull cooler outdoor air inside.
2. Photovoltaic array
Solar panels extend down the sloped roof, ca...
Windcatchers are controlled indoor weather systems, architectural microclimates framed by windows and walls.
If you ask Thomas Robertson, the difference between actively green houses and his passively sustainable Courtyard House is the difference between “a solar-powered yacht and a sailboat.
Houston’s summers are almost unbearable, as anyone who’s ever experienced its humidity and relentless sun can attest.
For heating a space of such peculiar dimensions, Bonnifait and Giesen turned to a solar design principle called the Trombe wall—after Félix Trombe, the French engineer who popularized...
Much like the updates to your favorite software, video game console, or social-networking site (have you, like, totally seen our Facebook page?) the Nomad version 2.0 is at hand.
As anyone who has ever camped knows, nature calls even when it’s cold, rainy, or dark
The wood for the 7.83 Hz house is grown and cut using biodynamic farming practices.
Expansive glass openings play an essential energy-saving role at the Minarc House, alternately pulling breezes and the sun’s warmth inside.
Green design isn’t just about meeting quantifiable energy conservation standards or using the right kind of paint—it’s about placing a building in its environment appropriately.