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  1. Design for Democracy
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    Design for Democracy

    If the presidential debates haven't satisfied your election appetite, the AIGA professional association for design offers a tantalizing next course.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  2. MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
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    MUJI to GO Opens at JFK

    MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport. The terminal, which was originally designed by...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.08.08

  3. Cityracks Finalists Announced
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    Cityracks Finalists Announced

    The 10 finalists in New York's CityRacks Design Competition have been announced—and more importantly, prototypes of their designs installed on the streets of 4 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn,...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.08.08

  4. Always-Good Wood
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    Always-Good Wood

    Maybe it's a response to the proliferation of concrete in the 90s, or a flight to the natural away from a world of plastics: but this most traditional of materials is making a comeback—if it...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.08.08

  5. Prefab Treehouses
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    Prefab Treehouses

    Who didn't want a tree house growing up?  Well now you can either live vicariously through your kids or indulge in the greatest mid life crisis ever.  Or, in a few cases, downsize to a...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.07.08

  6. A Pencil for Your Thoughts
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    A Pencil for Your Thoughts

    A blank journal is an exciting journal. Whether you’re planning on penning the next great American novel or reminding yourself to pick up milk on the way home, there’s something about...

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    10.07.08

  7. The People's Design Award
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    The People's Design Award

    As part of their National Design Week festivities (Oct. 19 – 25), the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum is sponsoring an online "People's Design Award."

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.07.08

  8. Patenting Apartment Piles
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    Patenting Apartment Piles

    A patent on a house design: this is the heart of the controversy surrounding Hans Zwimpfer's Pile-Up Housing. The Swiss architect claims to have invented a new solution to sprawl by stacking single...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.07.08

  9. Housing in Crisis, Part 1
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    Housing in Crisis, Part 1

    $1.4 million. This is the average sale price of an apartment in New York City in fall 2008. However (or perhaps "obviously") the classic indicators of the real estate market point to an...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.06.08

  10. Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
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    Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand

    Great Jobs clip (below) from 1993 on hiring Paul Rand (above) to solve his problem. Mock-turtleneck in full-effect.

    written by: Andy Cruz
    10.06.08

  11. Los Angeles Architecture Top 40
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    Los Angeles Architecture Top 40

    Los Angeles is a diverse city filled with green space, urban space and all different kinds of people, incomes and tastes.  Although this can make for a disparate social scene, it makes...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.06.08

  12. Airstream Books
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    Airstream Books

    There's a magical nook on Williamsburg's Metropolitan Ave. sidewalk where the Graham St. L Train vent allows the underground train's announcements to waft up through the grates to the hardware...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.06.08

  13. When Down Means Forward
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    When Down Means Forward

    Upon arrival at the aforementioned Terminal 2E I realized that although a sign with an arrow pointing a certain direction should be foolproof, it doesn't always mean what you'd think. In France,...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.04.08

  14. Last Chance for Lautner
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    Last Chance for Lautner

    Though academics have dubbed him "an architect's architect," my humble opinion is that John Lautner is an architect who can be appreciated by regular people. What's not to get about...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.04.08

  15. Take a Seat Initiative
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    Take a Seat Initiative

    The guerilla approach has been a popular one for Sandanistas and spray paint-wielding marketing artists alike. But guerilla seating?

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.03.08

  16. Coin Lamp
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    Coin Lamp

    There are all sorts of devices emerging these days that are meant to monitor and increase awareness of our energy consumption habits. From high-concept products like Die Electric, which we...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.03.08

  17. New LACMA Building
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    New LACMA Building

    This week, another piece in the ongoing expansion/renovation of the formerly dated and dreary Los Angeles County Museum of Art was revealed.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.03.08

  18. To Do: Edible Estates Demonstration Garden
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    To Do: Edible Estates Demonstration Garden

    Earlier this year Fritz Haeg embarked on the first public Edible Estates Garden at southern California's Descanso Gardens in an effort to showcase the benefits of planting an abundant edible garden...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.03.08

  19. Kahn's Park Gets the Greenlight
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    Kahn's Park Gets the Greenlight

    The New York City parks around the Brooklyn Bridge are about to gain an upstream sibling. Roosevelt Island has just received a conditional green light for a new bit of green bling: the Franklin D....

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.02.08

  20. They Make Houses Too?
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    They Make Houses Too?

    We've all found ourselves fawning over the perfectly minimal housewares, stationary, and incredibly awesome tiny pens that Japanese retailer MUJI has turned into an empire. Well did you know that...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.02.08

  21. 125 HDTV Super Review
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    125 HDTV Super Review

    Economic meltdown aside, if you’re still thinking about plunking down some hard-earned cash on a new HDTV this holiday season, you’d do well to check out HD Guru’s colossal review...

    written by: Bryan Gardiner
    10.02.08

  22. Art + Environment Conference in Reno
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    Art + Environment Conference in Reno

    I'll be heading to Reno later this week to speak at the upcoming Art + Environment Conference hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, from October 2-4–so if any Dwell readers are in the area,...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    10.02.08

  23. Lightwood Chair

    Lightwood Chair

    There are few finer chairs than those produced by Japanese maker Maruni, whose levels of craftsmanship and woodworking technology are hard to top. Morrison again offers an update of the archetypal...

  24. Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?
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    Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?

    There's a vast field of opportunity right now for designing every day objects using new materials that make them safer and more sustainable. Food containers—which we throw away in astonishing...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    10.01.08

  25. Dashboard Confessional
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    Dashboard Confessional

    A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.01.08

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