Prefab design has had its ups and downs over the last year or so, but a challenged housing market hasn't stopped creative designers from forging ahead with prefab and modular concepts. From New Zealand comes a steel-framed cocoon on the back of a truck that morphs into a self-sufficient, ruggedly humble Habode--in less than two days.
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 alley, Hungarian artist Edina Tokodi brings her art to the urban landscape in a softer way, but her message is no less provocative.
While multifunctional furniture systems that open and unfold and morph into fifty different pieces are quite cool and impressive, there is something elegant about simple, yet multifunctional designs devoid of all these transformer bells and whistles.
The second annual Renegade Craft Fair swooped into San Francisco's Fort Mason Festival Pavilion last weekend, delighting Bay Area craft enthusiasts with everything under the DIY sun, from owl prints to eco-baby costumes to chalkboard t-shirts to stuffed moustaches. Dwell's creative team compared notes and we had so many favorites, we had to share them all.
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 sheltered after a natural disaster. The competition yielded ten inspired proposals, and now the OEM and Department of Design Construction have announced a Request for Expressions of Interest to make these designs a reality.
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 expansion.
On Sunday, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA revealed their Serpentine Pavilion. A three-month guest to the Kensington Gardens, this year's pavilion is the ninth commissioned by the Serpentine Gallery in London, which has presented the work of an international architect (who has not completed a building in England) every year since 2000. Minimalism was the reigning spirit.