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  1. Solar Inspiration
    House Tours

    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
    01.19.09

  2. Houston, We've Solved a Problem
    Green

    Houston, We've Solved a Problem

    A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.25.09

  3. Drumming Up Design
    Green

    Drumming Up Design

    Brotherly love takes many forms; in the case of Rob and Eric Brill, it’s a shared passion for modernism. Rob, the younger of the two and a rock musician, recently completed the second of two live...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Noah Webb
    01.25.09

  4. LEEDing the Way
    Green

    LEEDing the Way

    One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.01.09

  5. Taking His Own Advice
    Green

    Taking His Own Advice

    When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Robert Gregory
    02.01.09

  6. The Trabecula Bench
    How To

    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    03.31.09

  7. Steel and Magnolias
    Green

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder
    06.14.09

  8. Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses
    Green

    Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses

    In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: JD Peterson
    09.10.09

  9. Test-Case Scenario
    House Tours

    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
    06.15.10

  10. The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah
    Green

    The First LEED for Homes–Rated House in Utah

    In the land of large mountain lodge wannabes, two California natives tuck Utah’s first LEED for Homes–rated house onto the side of Emigration Canyon.  

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dustin Aksland
    07.01.10

  11. Inventables: Materials Database
    A Great Idea

    Inventables: Materials Database

    Zach Kaplan is looking out for the little guys. In 2002, he launched Inventables, an extensive library of high-tech materials from manufacturers and innovators like Dupont and 3Form. The initial...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.11.11

  12. Just Redo It
    House Tours

    Just Redo It

    What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    01.24.11

  13. Green Urban Housing in Philadelphia
    House Tours

    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
    03.22.11

  14. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
    A Great Idea

    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  15. Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz
    Green

    Green Zero-Energy Family Home in Santa Cruz

    How an unfussy, nearly zero-energy family home in Santa Cruz, California, wound up with hay bales in the walls, a state-of-the-art heat pump system, and six very happy residents.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    09.17.12

  16. Milan Furniture Fair 2009
    Travel Reports

    Milan Furniture Fair 2009

    Dwell editors Sam Grawe and Jordan Kushins are on the ground in Milan reporting on the 2009 Salone del Mobile. They'll be sharing highlights as they go. Here Jordan shares a photographic glimpse of...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    02.06.13

  17. Design Tips for Privacy: Helpful Products Part One
    In The Modern World

    Design Tips for Privacy: Helpful Products Part One

    From sound absorbing acoustic wall tiles to geometric white oak screens, here is a set of five products to increase privacy at home and in the office.

    10.09.13

  18. Want the Perfect Chair? Print It
    A Great Idea

    Want the Perfect Chair? Print It

    Berlin-based BigRep wants to make your next piece of furniture on a 3D printer. When employees of the company attended the 3D Printshow in New York earlier this month, furniture wasn’t the focus,...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.26.14

  19. A Table That Charges Your iPhone
    Product

    A Table That Charges Your iPhone

    Designer Marjan van Aubel’s Current project, based on photosynthesis, uses a solar-powered table to charge electronics.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.18.14

  20. Digitally Fabricated Furniture by Dutch Designer Joris Laarman
    Product

    Digitally Fabricated Furniture by Dutch Designer Joris Laarman

    Dutch designer Joris Laarman's futuristic furniture, on view at Friedman Benda gallery in New York through June 14, 2014, disrupts the traditional manufacturing model: Laarman's designs are...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    05.26.14

  21. 7 Cutting-Edge Furniture Designs
    Product Reviews

    7 Cutting-Edge Furniture Designs

    By harnessing the latest high-tech materials and innovations, like 3-D printing and nanotechnology, manufacturers are using science to create forward-thinking design.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.05.14

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