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Preservation Recommended

With the preservation of mid-century buildings already a touchy subject—–many people are still unwilling to see the value in preserving “modern” architecture—–we asked three experts what the future of preservation will look like for modern, postmodern, and contemporary design.  
December 14, 2009
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Design Activism: Public Domain

Though it’s quite popular to proclaim that design can change the world, even the best-laid plans aren’t enough to make a difference on their own. We spoke with three leading design agitators about how and why we all need to get involved.  
December 10, 2009
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Groceries: Marketing Strategy

In 1955, photographer Elliott Erwitt snapped a photo of a bereted Frenchman riding his bicycle down a tree-lined road with a child and a pair of baguettes strapped to the rear. It’s easy to imagine the trip the man is returning from, during which he probably visited not only the boulangerie for his bread but also the fromagerie, the pâtisserie, and the charcuterie.
December 9, 2009
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The Future of Driving

San Francisco–based industrial designers Mike Simonian and Maaike Evers sit down with Dwell's Editor-in-Chief, Sam Grawe, to talk about their thoughts on the future of transportation.
November 25, 2009
Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-128 and Expedition 20 crew concluded nine days of cooper

Space Living: Astro Home

You’ve known you were destined to dwell in outer space ever since you first saw The Jetsons. So, how do you do that? Your new home will be the International Space Station (ISS), the only place in space that is known to be habitable. So far, the crews of the ISS have included pilots, engineers, scientists, and a few eccentric tech-zillionaire tourists. However, serious people are working hard on cheaper civilian rockets, and the station briefly had 13 people aboard it this year, the biggest space crowd ever. It’s not a fantasy: The place is as real as Poughkeepsie.
November 24, 2009
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Luxury: Evaluating Values

Luxury, a term that once conjured images from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, is now just as often used to aggrandize personal organizers, iPod cases, and websites. So we turned to Augustin Scott de Martinville, who heads the master’s program in luxury and design at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne, Switzerland, to talk some sense about the future of this ever-shifting concept.  
November 16, 2009
Somewhere between Knight Rider’s KITT and your living room lives ATNMBL, Mike and Maaike’s concept for a driverless car.

Driving: Joy Ride

San Francisco–based design team Mike and Maaike wave goodbye to the driver's seat with their concept car, the ATNMBL (the "autonomobile"). Consider it a high-tech living room on wheels.
November 16, 2009
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Play: Electric Slide

A group of Columbia University students have a good time reinventing the playground as a place to harness all that youthful energy.  
November 16, 2009
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Joel Turkel on the Future of Prefab

The future of prefab is an increasingly nonarchitectural problem.
October 3, 2009