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  1. 11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    11 Ways to Dine Alfresco

    Spring is finally here, bringing more opportunities to hit the terrace for meals. Here are 11 of our favorite ways to set up for modern outdoor dining.

    written by: Erika Heet

  2. 3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    Three ‘book-objects’ created by Alexander and Daria Kudmova Butahinoy of the Moscow-based Ruetemple Architectural Studio offer ways to store books and save space. Furnishing the outdoor, public...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy

  3. 5 Creative Modern Porches and Decks

    5 Creative Modern Porches and Decks

    As these five projects prove, a modern deck or porch can play many creative roles—as a play space, hangout spot, dining area, and more.

    written by: Jaime Gillin

  4. 5 Modern Courtyards Part Two

    5 Modern Courtyards Part Two

    As Previously looked at in 5 Cool Modern Courtyards, Dwell takes another glance at 5 modern homes with outstanding elevated terraces.

    written by: Jami Smith

  5. 5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging

    5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging

    These designs elevate city living with an outdoor view fit for the summer season.

    written by: Aileen Kwun

  6. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano

  7. 6 Rooftop Hangouts

    6 Rooftop Hangouts

    With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.

    written by: Erika Heet

  8. 7 Backyard Escapes and Retreats We Love

    7 Backyard Escapes and Retreats We Love

    From studios, to guest rooms, lounge areas, and practice spaces, these space-efficient backyard structures provide a small sojourn from the everyday, just steps away from home.

    written by: Aileen Kwun

  9. 7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces

    7 Dreamy Outdoor Spaces

    A polar vortex is a lot more tolerable when you have beautiful, breezy pictures of sun-drenched outdoor spaces to stare at and day dream. Here are some of our current favorite places we'd like to...

    written by: Megan Hamaker

  10. 7 Fantastic Backyard Buildings

    7 Fantastic Backyard Buildings

    Whether the room brings the backyard in or vice versa, these dwellings mesh the beauty of the outdoors with the comfort of being inside.

    written by: Olivia Martin

  11. 7 Great Green Walls

    7 Great Green Walls

    Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls...

    written by: Kelsey Keith

  12. 7 Innovative Rooftops

    7 Innovative Rooftops

    In an era of sustainability, nothing should go to waste, and a roof should be no exception. We take a look at seven innovative rooftops where lush gardens and garden parties alike can thrive.

    written by: Victoria Nguyen

  13. 7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

    written by: Erika Heet

  14. 7 Tremendous Tree Houses

    7 Tremendous Tree Houses

    Symbolic of both blissful childhood and the threshold between humanity and nature, tree houses hold a unique position in the world of modern architecture and design. We take a look at some of the...

    written by: Jordan Plaut

  15. 8 Modern Homes with Breezeways

    8 Modern Homes with Breezeways

    Take a look at how these eight houses connect their freestanding interior spaces with outdoor corridors.

    written by: Andrea Smith

  16. A Garage Converted Modern Playroom

    A Garage Converted Modern Playroom

    It could have been a Sheetrock box, but as the house’s most frequently used point of entry, it deserved the same architectural respect.

    written by: Deborah Bishop

  17. A Modern Park Pavilion Rises in Dallas

    A Modern Park Pavilion Rises in Dallas

    In a modest park on the western edge of Dallas, a modern picnic pavilion is a gathering point.

    written by: William Lamb

  18. All-Inclusive Architecture

    All-Inclusive Architecture

    At the symbolic heart of Philadelphia lies John F. Kennedy (JFK) Plaza, more commonly called Love Park after a Robert Indiana sculpture that is the soul of the site.

    written by: Anuj Desai
    photos by: Adam Friedberg

  19. Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest

    Aspiring Architects Build a Pavilion in the Vermont Forest

    In a Vermont forest, architecture students design and build a pavilion for quiet contemplation.

    written by: William Lamb

  20. Baltimore Tree House

    Baltimore Tree House

    The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods but it isn't technically a tree house. "The trees here are...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  21. Best Modern Desert Houses

    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt

  22. Botanical Garden Pavilion

    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  23. Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

    Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

    Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new...

    written by: Kelsey Keith

  24. By Poplar Demand

    By Poplar Demand

    “I kept pushing the idea of doing a new kind of tree house further and further, trying to find the best structure, the best materials,” explains Dustin Feider, a 23-year-old freelance...

    written by: James Nestor

  25. Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin

    Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin

    A Bay Area landscape designer works her yard like a jigsaw puzzle, packing a bevy of distinctive destinations into a steep and diminutive plot.

    written by: Jaime Gillin