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Designer Yasmeen Lari

Q&A with Pakistan's First Female Architect

As profiled in our "Women of Influence" roundup in our July/August 2012 issue, Yasmeen Lari is the closest thing Pakistan has to a design superhero. After years working as an architect, designing buildings for a wide range of clients, from corporate campuses to low-income housing, she left private practice in order to focus on issues close to her heart, including developing sustainable and vernacular disaster relief housing and dedicating herself to writing, research, and her work with the Heritage Foundation of Pakistan, the ambitious nonprofit she developed with her husband. Here, we ask her  questions about her architectural work, her philanthropical passions, and the unique challenges of working in her homeland.
July 2, 2012
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Dwell Investigates 7 Eco-friendly Countertops

We used and abused seven eco-friendly countertops to investigate if they could stand the heat of Dwell’s kitchen.
September 21, 2011
The facade of the green-built Suttles and Shah residence.

A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.
August 31, 2011
Disgruntled by co-op politics, these Manhattanites decided to put up their own natural wood "shack" in Sharon, Connecticut.

Leave it to Beavers

It’s not unusual for New Yorkers to have problems with their neighbors; after all, many a co-op brawl has started over a little late-night noise. But it is rare for the downtown crowd to have a beef with a pack of rowdy beavers—which is exactly the situation in which architect Lynn Gaffney and her husband, financial portfolio manager Bill Backus, found themselves recently at their weekend home in the tiny town of Sharon, Connecticut (population: 2,968). The beavers, who reside in the swamp behind Backus and Gaffney’s house, generally keep a low profile, but every so often let loose with a torrent of logs and sticks that block all the nearby drainage pipes, making a watery mess of local roads and forcing residents to haul away the detritus.
January 25, 2009
From the front, Keisha Martin's Harlem brownstone looks like a better-kept version of its neighboring row houses, but the unmistakably modern interior can be glimpsed from the back.

Modern Rowhouse Renovation in New York

With a little faith and a lot of foresight, Keisha Martin entrusted Laura Briggs and Jonathan Knowles to revitalize a derelict rowhouse, returning it to its original splendor and then some. Martin’s new home is both an homage to the past and a design for the future.
January 16, 2009
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Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade

While scanning the new products at one of my favorite design retail sites, Supermarket, I found a pendant lamp that I'm now coveting. Propellor Design's Furrow Parkade light is made from laminated bamboo, with grooves carved at perpendicular angles to create beautiful patterns and shadows. Because the material comes from a rapidly renewable resource, the lamp also falls into the enviro category (just use a CFL and remember to switch it off).
October 27, 2008
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