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  1. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  2. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love
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    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    06.17.13

  3. 3 Options for Outdoor Lighting
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    3 Options for Outdoor Lighting

    As summer nights swing into high gear, this outdoor lighting will keep your evenings bright.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.02.13

  4. 7 Great Green Walls
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    7 Great Green Walls

    Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.10.13

  5. 8 Modern Fences
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    8 Modern Fences

    They say that good fences make good neighbors, but it's equally true that good fences make for good design. Here, from Dwell's archives, are eight examples of fences that enhance the aesthetic...

    written by: William Lamb
    01.06.14

  6. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  7. 5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue
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    5 Green Homes from Dwell's April Outdoors Issue

    Dwell's April 2014 issue is now on newsstands—here's a sneak peek of the intelligent homes, outdoor products, and green building methods you'll see in its pages.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.26.14

  8. 6 Relaxing Porches, Patios, and Terraces
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    6 Relaxing Porches, Patios, and Terraces

    You've had a long day. Take a moment to daydream and picture yourself relaxing on any one of these beautiful porches, patios, and terraces from farmhouses to island getaways. You're welcome.

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    07.31.13

  9. 7 Innovative Rooftops
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    7 Innovative Rooftops

    In an era of sustainability, nothing should go to waste, and a roof should be no exception. We take a look at seven innovative rooftops where lush gardens and garden parties alike can thrive.

    written by: Victoria Nguyen
    05.13.13

  10. It's Summer Somewhere: 8 Great Pools
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    It's Summer Somewhere: 8 Great Pools

    Inspired by two guys who counted all the pools in Los Angeles thanks to an elegant data visualization tool, we combed the Dwell archives for our own roundup of the best swimming pools.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.03.13

  11. Chicken Chapel
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    Chicken Chapel

    Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  12. Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings
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    Swingers' Delight: 7 Ideas for Modern Swings

    A quintessential backyard element, the swing adds levity to outdoor spaces. These seven pieces give new perspective to their homes whether hung from a tree, on a porch, and even inside.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.20.14

  13. Modern Homes Built Around Trees
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    Modern Homes Built Around Trees

    Wishing to preserve existing sites and the natural beauty of original trees, these seven homes use nature as their centerpiece.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    03.19.14

  14. 6 Indoor-Outdoor Hammocks
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    6 Indoor-Outdoor Hammocks

    Hammocks can range from casual to luxurious, showing up everywhere from backyards to boutique hotels. Here are 6 swingin’ hammock arrangements from the Dwell archives.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.12.13

  15. Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids
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    Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids

    At a summer camp with power tools, the campers helped design their own amusement: a set of musical swings.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.24.14

  16. 7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces
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    7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces

    A polar vortex is a lot more tolerable when you have beautiful, breezy pictures of sun-drenched outdoor spaces to stare at and day dream. Here are some of our current favorite places we'd like to...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    01.07.14

  17. Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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    Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

    An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ike Edeani
    03.26.14

  18. A Modern Park Pavilion Rises in Dallas
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    A Modern Park Pavilion Rises in Dallas

    In a modest park on the western edge of Dallas, a modern picnic pavilion is a gathering point.

    written by: William Lamb
    12.10.13

  19. A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape
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    A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape

    With aptly applied angular concrete details and ornamental plantings, landscape architect Terence Lee transforms his slender Northern California backyard.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.03.14

  20. Landscape Design for All Climates
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    Landscape Design for All Climates

    Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.18.14

  21. 6 Outdoor Patio Dining Essentials
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    6 Outdoor Patio Dining Essentials

    Summer brings warm nights and the perfect atmosphere for outdoor patio dining. Set the stage for an evening on the terrace with these six patio dining essentials from shatter-proof wine glasses to...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    07.12.13

  22. Branching Out
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    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  23. An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland
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    An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

    Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.13.13

  24. Pooling Around
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    Pooling Around

    We take a look at 10 of our favorite swimming pools and pool houses from over the years. Whether for recreation, exercise, or simply to beat the heat, these pools (and in some cases their...

    02.01.13

  25. Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas
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    Hotels We Love: El Cosmico Hotel in Marfa, Texas

    Offering herbal workshops, and playing host to the Trans-Pecos festival, El Cosmico is a hotel that's engaged with the community. Guests stay close to the land, experiencing it in their teepees,...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    photos by: Nick Simonite
    02.25.14

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