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Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid in his studio.

Yasuaki Onoda of ArchiAid

Architect as emergency response worker: that’s the concept behind ArchiAid, an organization founded after Japan’s March 11th tsunami and earthquake that aims to help revive the battered coastal region. The group of over 200 architects—which includes UCLA Department of Architecture Chair Hitoshi Abe and dozens of other well-known Japanese architects—have held symposiums and workshops, joined local planning committees, interviewed disaster victims about the history of their obliterated villages, and drawn up town plans that take safety, sustainability, and culture into account. I caught up with Yasuaki Onoda, a founding member of ArchiAid, professor at Tohoku University’s Department of Architecture in Sendai, and collaborator with Toyo Ito on the Sendai Mediatheque building. When I left his design lab at around ten in the evening, he and his students were still bent over their models, tirelessly designing the future towns of Tohoku.
September 20, 2011
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Building Community

With a clean-lined new loft building designed by El Dorado Inc., a fleet of hip galleries, and a burgeoning creative class, Wichita is anything but plains.
September 16, 2011
Cycle China Week 2

Cycle China: Week 2

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Join us as she tells about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road in an attempt to better understand China's urban and rural biking culture. Week Two: On the road...   San Francisco-based landscape designer Amirah Shahid is a third of her way through her ride from Beijing and Shanghai. (Read our interview with Shahid as she was packing for the trip.) She's found local bike stores promoting cycling events and races, fast food restaurant parking lots turned into mass informal bike parking, fresh-water springs at which to refill bottles, and more. Click through to see her photos and read her notes from the road.
September 12, 2011
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Friday Finds 9.09.11

Scroll down to see what the editors of Dwell thought was interesting, notable, and ever-so-findable in our weekly roundup of design discoveries.
September 9, 2011
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Cycle China: Week 1

In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai. Join us as she tells us about her journey and files exclusive photos from the road as she attempts to understand China's urban and rural biking cultures. Week One: Meet Amirah...   Right now, San Francisco-based landscape designer Amirah Shahid is somewhere between Beijing and Cangzhou City, China—and she has a long way to go, especially since she's self-propelling herself nearly 800 miles by bike. Over the course of the next three weeks, Shahid is cycling from Beijing to Shanghai. The goal: to learn as much as she can about biking in China so she can share the new knowledge with her colleagues at SWA Group so they can incorporate it into their many development projects in the country.
September 5, 2011
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Inspiration Nation

Writer Lisa Katayama sees innovation triumphing over tragedy in Japan in the wake of the Sendai earthquake.
August 18, 2011
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Kansas City Bus Shelters

One of our favorite writers here at Dwell is architect Dan Maginn. And he does some pretty stellar buildings as well with his Kansas City, Missouri, firm El Dorado Inc. You can keep an eye out for one of the firms recent projects in our October issue, but to tide you El Dorado fiends over for the moment, here are a pair of bus shelters the firm recently designed and erected at the Commonwealth Development in the Hyde Park neighborhood of KC. 
August 15, 2011
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Friday Finds 8.12.11

We present to you our weekly roundup of all things interesting, exciting, and design-related that we discovered on the web. Scroll down for a look at a new book on urbanism by Thom Mayne of Morphosis, a stop motion film shot with a smartphone, and a vending machine for cyclists.
August 12, 2011
Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the mixed-use neighborhood known as Yerba Buena that is located south of Market Street and includes prominent public buildings and spaces such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, and the Moscone Center. The goal of the plan, meant to be implemented over the next ten years, is to create an identity for the neighborhood and foster a sense of community where residents and passers-through can stop and enjoy the area and engage with its outdoor spaces.
August 8, 2011