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  1. Floating House, Lake Huron
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    Floating House, Lake Huron

    On the edge of a tiny island accessible only by boat, this buoyant summer home lives the life aquatic.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Raimund Koch

  2. Solar Inspiration
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    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand

  3. Sustainability in Stages
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    Sustainability in Stages

    "Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other. ...

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Misha Gravenor

  4. Skypephone
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    Last year saw the European launch of the world’s first mobile phone with integrated Skype, the Voice over IP software traditionally used via computer. This year, the phone arrives in the United...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner

  5. Aerial Modernism
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    Aerial Modernism

    Some of the most famous modern buildings are now preserved as public landmarks, which anyone can visit and tour. Others remain private, viewed only through architectural photography and magazine...

    written by: Sarah Rich

  6. New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors
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    New MIT Media Lab Opens Doors

    The Media Lab at MIT is an unmatched incubator of unlikely partnerships -- where academia and industry hold hands, and where art and technology are inseparable. Designed by Prtizker Prize-winning...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu

  7. Test-Case Scenario
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    Test-Case Scenario

    Beating out a host of competitors, one Danish family left their home behind (it’s just down the road, really) to camp out for a year in an Active House, a green-home prototype with all the...

    written by: Cathy Strongman
    photos by: Jens Passoth

  8. The Idea House: Senior Living
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    The Idea House: Senior Living

    With Americans living longer, there’s growing interest in the concept of aging in place—that is, staying in our own homes for as long as possible. Fortunately, we can look to the senior...

    written by: Emily Young
    photos by: Peter Williams

  9. Pop!Tech Conference
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    Pop!Tech Conference

    Pop!Tech is a big-ideas conference in a small Maine town that brings together leaders and innovators from science, tech, education, and entertainment for a three-day conversation among 600...


  10. Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
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    Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia

    By keeping the budget strict, the insulation tight, and its values clear, Philadelphia’s Postgreen Homes shows a little brotherly love for green, urban housing.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Mark Mahaney

  11. Touring the BMW Headquarters
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    Touring the BMW Headquarters

    Dwell traveled to Munich, Germany, to get an up close and personal look at BMW Welt, an undulating, stainless-steel-clad structure designed by Wolf Prix of Coop Himmelb(l)au. It is joined on...

    photos by: Bret Robins

  12. From Torrent to Current

    From Torrent to Current

    In her book Du Torrent au Courant, des Barrages et des Hommes en Savoie (From Torrent to Current: Dam and Man in Savoy), photographer Céline Clanet documents the infrastructure of hydropower...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Céline Clanet

  13. IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse
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    IdeaGarden Eco-Farmhouse

    After Will Rosenzweig and Carla Fracchia bought this 100-year-old farmhouse in Healdsburg, California, they hired Arkin Tilt Architects and Earthtone Construction to make an eco-friendly example...

    written by: Jaime Gillin

  14. Going Green Again

    Going Green Again

    If going green at home was so simple, everyone would do it right? And though it makes sense in theory, actually bringing a sustainable plan to life is often easier said than done. Over the past few...

    written by: Jordan Plaut

  15. A Rare Glimpse of Google's Data Centers
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    A Rare Glimpse of Google's Data Centers

    Information giant Google has centers all over the world that drive everything you see on the web. These recently released photos show the poetry that goes into organizing the sheer amount of data...

    written by: Skylar Bergl

  16. Electrolux: Designing for the Senses
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    Electrolux: Designing for the Senses

    The Electrolux Design Lab Competition, an annual event staged yearly by the giant home appliances company, celebrated its 10th anniversary this year with a brief that challenged students to create...

    written by: Arlene Hirst

  17. Shedding a New 'Lightt' on Photography

    Shedding a New 'Lightt' on Photography

    The new app Lightt puts a spin on sharing your life moments. By capturing short video clips and highlights, it mixes short video clips into highlight reels. The beauty of Lightt is its creative...

    written by: Skylar Bergl

  18. 7 Smart Design Innovations at CES 2013
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    7 Smart Design Innovations at CES 2013

    There's definitely something for everyone at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and this year we spied practical advances in refrigeration, a slew of accessories for the "i" industry (iPods,...

    written by: Diana Budds

  19. Architecture Meets Tron in These Retro-Futuristic CAD Drawings
    In The Modern World

    Architecture Meets Tron in These Retro-Futuristic CAD Drawings

    Noting how changing technologies affect the way we imagine design, the bloggers behind RNDRD unearth a trove of retro-yet-futuristic computer renderings.

    written by: Josh Conrad

  20. Standing Room Only: The Vignelli Subway Map

    Standing Room Only: The Vignelli Subway Map

    This Tuesday, we hopped a train for Brooklyn Heights. Destination: The New York Transit Museum, where a talk about the historic Vignelli subway map was being held. If you haven’t yet been, take...

    written by: Sara Carpenter

  21. Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich

    Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich

    All it took was a new copper-clad addition, the installation of a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and some LED lighting to transform an elegant yet out-of-date 19th century building in...

    written by: Frances J. Folsom

  22. Stress-Test Architecture

    Stress-Test Architecture

    An artist-led design project invites curious interlopers to live in a pod prototype built for an uncertain future, and Dwell's intrepid reporter gets hands-on experience living in one of the...

    written by: Rob Colvin

  23. Modern in the Country

    Modern in the Country

    Eric and Melinda purchased a 10-acre plot of land in rural Yelm, Washington, with visions of a new home on the range. There would be vineyards, gardens, an orchard, bees and chickens—typical...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    photos by: Lara Swimmer

  24. A Sustainable Brownstone Transformation in Brooklyn
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    A Sustainable Brownstone Transformation in Brooklyn

    How do you make a Brooklyn brownstone more sustainable? First, get rid of the brownstone.

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    photos by: Hai Zhang

  25. Smarten Up Your Home in 2013

    Smarten Up Your Home in 2013

    They say that home is where the heart is. And now your home can have a brain as well. Sound futuristic? Thanks to advances in smart technology, your home can be greener, safer, more secure, and...

    written by: David Glenn