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Dodger Stadium, Modern Classic
Dodger Stadium, Modern Classic
Now that the Los Angeles Dodgers have advanced to the next round of the baseball playoffs, it's a good time to consider the team's contribution to modern architectural history:...
- 13 years ago
Design for Democracy
If the presidential debates haven't satisfied your election appetite, the AIGA professional association for design offers a tantalizing next course.
MUJI to GO Opens at JFK
MUJI, the Japanese brand famous for being tastefully brandless, will soon open a retail shop in JetBlue's new Terminal 5 at New York's JFK airport.
Cityracks Finalists Announced
Cityracks Finalists Announced
The 10 finalists in New York's CityRacks Design Competition have been announced—and more importantly, prototypes of their designs installed on the streets of 4 boroughs:...
- 13 years ago
Always-Good Wood
Maybe it's a response to the proliferation of concrete in the 90s, or a flight to the natural away from a world of plastics: but this most traditional of materials is making a...
Prefab Treehouses
Who didn't want a tree house growing up? Well now you can either live vicariously through your kids or indulge in the greatest mid life crisis ever.
A Pencil for Your Thoughts
A blank journal is an exciting journal.
The People's Design Award
As part of their National Design Week festivities (Oct.
Patenting Apartment Piles
A patent on a house design: this is the heart of the controversy surrounding Hans Zwimpfer's Pile-Up Housing.
Housing in Crisis, Part 1
$1.4 million. This is the average sale price of an apartment in New York City in fall 2008.
Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
Clarity: Steve Jobs on Paul Rand
Great Jobs clip (below) from 1993 on hiring Paul Rand (above) to solve his problem. Mock-turtleneck in full-effect.
- 13 years ago
Los Angeles Architecture Top 40
Los Angeles is a diverse city filled with green space, urban space and all different kinds of people, incomes and tastes.
Airstream Books
There's a magical nook on Williamsburg's Metropolitan Ave. sidewalk where the Graham St. L Train vent allows the underground train's announcements to waft up through the grates to...
When Down Means Forward
Upon arrival at the aforementioned Terminal 2E I realized that although a sign with an arrow pointing a certain direction should be foolproof, it doesn't always mean what you'd...
Last Chance for Lautner
Though academics have dubbed him "an architect's architect," my humble opinion is that John Lautner is an architect who can be appreciated by regular people.
Take a Seat Initiative
The guerilla approach has been a popular one for Sandanistas and spray paint-wielding marketing artists alike. But guerilla seating?
Coin Lamp
There are all sorts of devices emerging these days that are meant to monitor and increase awareness of our energy consumption habits.
New LACMA Building
This week, another piece in the ongoing expansion/renovation of the formerly dated and dreary Los Angeles County Museum of Art was revealed.
To Do: Edible Estates Demonstration Garden
Earlier this year Fritz Haeg embarked on the first public Edible Estates Garden at southern California's Descanso Gardens in an effort to showcase the benefits of planting an...
Kahn's Park Gets the Greenlight
The New York City parks around the Brooklyn Bridge are about to gain an upstream sibling.
They Make Houses Too?
We've all found ourselves fawning over the perfectly minimal housewares, stationary, and incredibly awesome tiny pens that Japanese retailer MUJI has turned into an empire.
125 HDTV Super Review
Economic meltdown aside, if you’re still thinking about plunking down some hard-earned cash on a new HDTV this holiday season, you’d do well to check out HD Guru’s colossal review...
Art + Environment Conference in Reno
I'll be heading to Reno later this week to speak at the upcoming Art + Environment Conference hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, from October 2-4–so if any Dwell readers are in...
Bioplastic: Green or Greenwashing?
There's a vast field of opportunity right now for designing every day objects using new materials that make them safer and more sustainable.
Dashboard Confessional
A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using.
Affordable Housing for China
Over a million people have moved to Guangzhou in the past eight years, making the city's population nearly ten million today.
Affordable Housing: Why It's So Hard to Come By
This image of a Levittown house turned real estate office appears to be peddling something current mortgage brokers have had little time for: vigilance.
Look Ma, No Burnt Hands
As a parent, I'm always on the lookout for innovative and stylish ways not to break my kid.
Sony Ericsson's Eco-Friendly GreenHeart
Sony Ericsson's GreenHeart concept phone isn't going to win any beauty contests, but when it comes to green cred, the handset's in a league of its own.