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  1. These Amazing Vintage Signs Are a Blast from America's Past
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    These Amazing Vintage Signs Are a Blast from America's Past

    Photographer Bill Rose walks us through Recapturist, a website dedicated to preserving the history of head-turning American signage.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.30.15

  2. A Modern Solution for Temporary Classrooms
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    A Modern Solution for Temporary Classrooms

    Los Angeles architect Christof Jantzen has conceptualized a healthy kit-of-parts design for mobile educational buildings.

    written by: Erika Heet
    01.28.15

  3. 8 Innovative Ceilings That Break the Mold
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    8 Innovative Ceilings That Break the Mold

    In the past few months, Dwell has published a bevy of buildings sporting show-stopping and technically complicated ceilings, proving that innovative design doesn't just happen at eye level.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.22.15

  4. A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living
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    A Modern Trailer is an Experiment in Small-Space Living

    In Canada's Yukon Territory, a college instructor builds a lightweight, efficient 97-square-foot mobile dwelling.

    written by: William Lamb
    01.22.15

  5. A Space-Saving, Flexible Retail Design in Japan
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    A Space-Saving, Flexible Retail Design in Japan

    In Tokyo, the Japanese interdisciplinary design firm Nosigner has created a space-saving retail concept for the children's shop Aeru. "The space was made to be like a living room where people could...

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.16.15

  6. Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing
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    Multi-Family Development Suggests Possibilities for Urban Senior Housing

    Barbara Bestor's small lot subdivision housing development in Los Angeles may present an appealing solution for the urban-dwelling aging population.

    01.15.15

  7. 7 Creative Uses of Mosaic Tile
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    7 Creative Uses of Mosaic Tile

    Whether in the shower, on a kitchen wall, or simply on the backsplash above the cooktop, mosaic tile can lend both a dash of color and a light personal touch to a space with relatively little fuss....

    written by: William Lamb
    01.13.15

  8. Live Where You Work and Work Where You Live in Boundary-Blurring Vegas Tower
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    Live Where You Work and Work Where You Live in Boundary-Blurring Vegas Tower

    An innovative design by M-Rad Studio for Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project aims to rethink the live/work concept in Las Vegas.

    written by: Allie Weiss
    01.12.15

  9. Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer
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    Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer

    A hybrid prefab trailer harnesses principles of mobility and modernist industrial design.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.02.15

  10. It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC
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    It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC

    Winning the race to build the tallest prefab building in New York City, Gluck+ assembles 28 affordable housing units in less than a month.

    12.26.14

  11. Need a Break? Unwind for an Hour in a Modern, Private Space
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    Need a Break? Unwind for an Hour in a Modern, Private Space

    Breather is a concept that gives users access to well-designed private spaces in cities when they're in a pinch. Envisioned as spots to unwind or have a meeting, these compact spaces can be...

    written by: Allie Weiss
    12.23.14

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

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