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  1. Do More with Your Door Dwell Finalists
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    Do More with Your Door Dwell Finalists

    Hosting design competitions is one of our favorite things to do on dwell.com, and we are always overwhelmingly impressed by the rush of intelligent, inspirational, and thought-provoking ideas that...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    07.16.10

  2. Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition
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    Winners: Cleantech Corridor Competition

    We're excited to showcase the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition, sponsored by SCI-Arc and The Architect’s Newspaper. The competition asked a slew of...

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    10.10.10

  3. QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba
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    QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba

    In its simplest version, QuaDror looks like a child's wooden puzzle. Dror Benshetrit aligns four L-shaped blocks, and effortlessly shifts them from a few flat planes into an elegant structure. It...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    02.28.11

  4. Ideas for Japan's Reconstruction
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    Ideas for Japan's Reconstruction

    A new word has been added to the vocabulary of Japanese architects: 3/11. That's the date when an earthquake and tsunami killed 20,000 people, crashed through over 900,000 buildings along 300 miles...

    written by: Winifred Bird
    09.27.11

  5. A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands
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    A Super-Recycled House in the Netherlands

    In the eastern Netherlands, resourceful recyclers Superuse Studios have built a house almost entirely out of locally-sourced scrap, from old billboards to broken umbrellas. Here's a look at how...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Mark Seelen
    06.07.13

  6. 7 Sustainable Homes Worth Sharing
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    7 Sustainable Homes Worth Sharing

    We see a lot of “green” architecture in the Dwell office, but these seven homes don’t just borrow the buzzword, they push boundaries and challenge the idea of what sustainability really means in...

    written by: Olivia Martin
    06.13.13

  7. Design 101: Think Small
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    Design 101: Think Small

    A five-step program for those suffering from too much stuff and not enough space.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.05.13

  8. 8 Great Earth Homes
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    8 Great Earth Homes

    Harnessing the power of dirt, sand, soil, and earth, these projects prove that modern houses are not just made of glass and steel.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.31.13

  9. Finishing Touch: Innovative Uses of Wood
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    Finishing Touch: Innovative Uses of Wood

    Finishing Touch is how each issue of Dwell wraps up, by focusing on one great design detail. Turns out a lot of them involve innovative uses for wood.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    08.08.13

  10. Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional
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    Designing for Kids: 5 Rooms That Put the Fun in Functional

    For a youthful perspective on design's playful potential, look no farther than this slideshow. These five rooms put the fun back in functional.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.08.13

  11. Watch an Unassuming House Unfold into a Community Theater
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    Watch an Unassuming House Unfold into a Community Theater

    The tiny city of York, Alabama, is located a three hour drive west of Montgomery, near the Mississippi border. There, artist Matthew Mazzotta has created a project with the Coleman Center for the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.23.13

  12. 5 Striking Black Kitchens Around the World
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    5 Striking Black Kitchens Around the World

    White is the traditional color for kitchens, denoting hygiene, brightness, and modernity. But these five black-clad kitchens, in houses from San Francisco to Copenhagen, show that some truly stand...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.23.13

  13. 5 Creative Staircase Storage Solutions
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    5 Creative Staircase Storage Solutions

    Staircases can be more than simply a way to get from floor to floor; in the right designers' hands, they can be creative storage solutions, too.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.27.13

  14. 5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms
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    5 Luxurious All-White Bathrooms

    White traditionally signifies purity and cleanliness—and where better to send that signal than in the bathroom? Take inspiration from these five luxurious, all-white rooms.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.01.13

  15. 5 Bold and Modern Glass Facades
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    5 Bold and Modern Glass Facades

    These bold and modern facades take transparency—and creative use of common materials—to the next level.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    09.07.13

  16. Design Detail: Modern Bridges
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    Design Detail: Modern Bridges

    From a striking catwalk to a glass-walled skybridge, we cover walkways and platforms the span great divides.

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.19.13

  17. 6 Rainscreens We Love
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    6 Rainscreens We Love

    Rainscreens are the modern architect's best friend. In addition to protecting structures from moisture, these application let designers experiment with an array of facade treatments. Six Dwell...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.01.13

  18. Detail We Love: Porthole Windows
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    Detail We Love: Porthole Windows

    Nautical influences run deep in modern design, from the blue-and-white color palette to spatial organization. One maritime element that's cropped up on occasion is the porthole—a creative...

    written by: Diana Budds
    10.10.13

  19. Material Focus: Glass
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    Material Focus: Glass

    As previously looked at in 5 Bold and Modern Glass Facades, Dwell takes another look at 8 contemporary structures that are recognized for their creative and daring use of combined materials and glass.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.30.13

  20. Hail Cedar: 7 Houses that Make Use of Cedar Wood
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    Hail Cedar: 7 Houses that Make Use of Cedar Wood

    One of the most ubiquitous materials in projects featured in our pages is cedar—a tree species that's found all around the globe. Spy seven projects that deftly use wood in the following slideshow.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.01.13

  21. 7 Ways to Incorporate Trees into Homes
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    7 Ways to Incorporate Trees into Homes

    In the following slideshow, spy seven ways that architects and designers crafted their structures around trees.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.12.13

  22. Kansas City Makes It Right
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    Kansas City Makes It Right

    Kansas City, Missouri, is the home of Make It Right's latest community revitalization project. Though the neighborhood of Manheim Park hasn't been affected by a natural disaster, it's been...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.13.13

  23. Tightly Squeezed Modern Architecture
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    Tightly Squeezed Modern Architecture

    When space is an issue building up is a solution few designers dare to do. Here are 7 homes that successfully solve spatial challenges of city living by expanding upwards.

    written by: Jami Smith
    11.20.13

  24. Detail We Love: Butterfly Roofs
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    Detail We Love: Butterfly Roofs

    Along with the gable and the A-frame, the butterfly roof is among the most distinctive of silhouettes. Seven Dwell favorites follow.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.03.13

  25. 7 Facades Full of Color
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    7 Facades Full of Color

    No shrinking violets, these polychromatic facades are awash with bright hues.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.05.13

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