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  1. IKEA Tackles Refugee Housing With Durable Prefab Shelters
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    IKEA Tackles Refugee Housing With Durable Prefab Shelters

    The IKEA Foundation teams up with Refugee Housing Unit to create modular houses for displaced families.

    written by: Allie Weiss
    12.22.14

  2. That's a Wrap: 7 Homes Covered in a Single Material
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    That's a Wrap: 7 Homes Covered in a Single Material

    From a CorTen-steel clad vacation home to a cozy, wood-covered living room, these spaces show that a single material makes quite a statement.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.19.14

  3. Snarkitecture Takes on Holiday Windows with Minimal Snowscape
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    Snarkitecture Takes on Holiday Windows with Minimal Snowscape

    Taking a much more streamlined approach to holiday window decorations than many of its neighbors, Calvin Klein has adorned its Madison Avenue flagship with a modern landscape by Snarkitecture with...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    12.18.14

  4. Hex and the City: 5 Designs Sporting Hexagonal Patterns
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    Hex and the City: 5 Designs Sporting Hexagonal Patterns

    The mighty hexagon appears in Paris, Medellín, Portland, and other cities around the globe.

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.16.14

  5. Plan to Repurpose Orange County Government Center, A Brutalist Masterpiece
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    Plan to Repurpose Orange County Government Center, A Brutalist Masterpiece

    Paul Rudolph's Brutalist masterpiece, the Orange County Government Center in Goshen, New York, has faced an uncertain future after closing in 2011 due to storm damage. To protect the structure from...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    12.11.14

  6. Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold
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    Passivhaus Institut Crosses Million-Square-Meter Threshold

    The Passivhaus Institut in Darnstadt, Germany, announced today that a million square meters of interior space—or nearly 10.8 million square feet—have been certified as having met the passive house...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.09.14

  7. Incredible Floating Barge Makes it Possible to Grow Food on Any Body of Water
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    Incredible Floating Barge Makes it Possible to Grow Food on Any Body of Water

    The modular Jellyfish Barge could be a solar-powered solution to food shortages.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    12.03.14

  8. Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?
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    Housing in Megacities is a Mess. What Can We Do About It?

    Six teams of architects propose empowering new solutions for urban sprawl.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    12.01.14

  9. Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs
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    Jet Set: 8 Modern Airport Designs

    Flying—as 3.55 million Americans are expected to do this Thanksgiving weekend, according to projections by AAA—can be an unpleasant slog. But it doesn't have to be. Here are eight airports whose...

    written by: William Lamb
    11.28.14

  10. Transportation of the Future—Or Past? One Artist Captures Retro-Inspired "Flying" Cars
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    Transportation of the Future—Or Past? One Artist Captures Retro-Inspired "Flying" Cars

    French artist Renaud Marion has created a mind-bending collection that depicts futuristic "flying" cars, based off of classic, 20th-century models. Marion shot the majority of the cars against the...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    11.25.14

  11. The Modern Desk Accessories You Need to Own
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    The Modern Desk Accessories You Need to Own

    Designer Eric Pfeiffer's handsome line of accessories for Evernote will make your workspace best desked.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.21.14

  12. SANAA's Design for Grace Farms Blends Architecture with Nature
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    SANAA's Design for Grace Farms Blends Architecture with Nature

    On Grace Farms's pastoral plot of land in New Canaan, Connecticut, the River by Pritzker Prize–winning architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of SANAA takes shape.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.19.14

  13. Daniel Libeskind Designs Table for Marina Abramovic Exercise
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    Daniel Libeskind Designs Table for Marina Abramovic Exercise

    A limited-edition table released by Moroso brings together the high art and design worlds. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, the 'Counting the Rice' table is an embodiment of an exercise staged by the...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    11.17.14

  14. A 40-Story Skyscraper Built of Wood May Not Be Far from Reality
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    A 40-Story Skyscraper Built of Wood May Not Be Far from Reality

    A new generation of buildings are proving that tall wood construction is a rising trend.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.17.14

  15. Improving Lives Through Accessible Design
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    Improving Lives Through Accessible Design

    Industry leaders gather in Boston to brainstorm human-centric solutions.

    11.14.14

  16. BIG Presents New Vision for Smithsonian Campus in Washington D.C.
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    BIG Presents New Vision for Smithsonian Campus in Washington D.C.

    The Bjarke Ingels Group proposes a new vision for the esteemed D.C. institution.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.13.14

  17. Inexpensive, Easy-Assembly Shipping Container Home
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    Inexpensive, Easy-Assembly Shipping Container Home

    An attractive shipping container house shows the benefits of prefab living.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.13.14

  18. How Much Could You Do with 270 Square Feet?
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    How Much Could You Do with 270 Square Feet?

    Taking its lead from a Swedish building code, a new book proposes ingenious concepts that can fit in 270 square feet.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    11.13.14

  19. The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots
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    The Future is Here: Self-Assembling Furniture Powered by Mini Robots

    Arranging and rearranging furniture isn’t uncommon, but what if your chairs and tables could anticipate your needs and reconfigure themselves? Roombots, a project from Ecole Polytechnique...

    written by: Ali B. Zagat
    11.11.14

  20. The Ultimate Ride: VIP Helicopter with Plush Interior
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    The Ultimate Ride: VIP Helicopter with Plush Interior

    Italian and Singaporean design team Lanzavecchia + Wai dreamed up a luxury ride for helicopter manufacturer AgustaWestland. Featuring a light palette, plush leather seats, and LED lights, the...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    11.11.14

  21. A 3-D Printed, Interactively Designed Lamp
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    A 3-D Printed, Interactively Designed Lamp

    LimeMakers, a Berlin-based 3-D printing start-up, wants to turn your photographs into a faceted lamp.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.07.14

  22. Creative Proposals for New Teaching Facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
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    Creative Proposals for New Teaching Facility at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

    A design competition drew submissions for a new teaching facility, dubbed the ONE Lab, at the Brooklyn Navy Yard's renovated Building 128. The building is among a series of structures dedicated to...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    11.07.14

  23. French Archives Building Wrapped in a Dazzling Gold Shell
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    French Archives Building Wrapped in a Dazzling Gold Shell

    A renovation of the Marne departmental archives in Reims, France by Hamonic + Masson & Associés resulted in a golden annex that drastically expands archival storage space, while adding a modern...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    11.04.14

  24. A Clever System Turns Nearly Anything into a Shelf
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    A Clever System Turns Nearly Anything into a Shelf

    Two Detroit-based designers create a brilliant system that turns nearly any flat surface into a shelf or table. We go behind the scenes to see how the products are made.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.14

  25. Cheap and Clean Hanging Storage Tactic: Pegboard
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    Cheap and Clean Hanging Storage Tactic: Pegboard

    Pegboards are the Pinterest-proved interior organization tool du jour: cheap, easy to mount, and far more interesting than a plain white wall. Here are six ways to work with pegboard.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.31.14

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