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Venice Biennale: Raumlabor Berlin

One of the most interesting things to see at an architecture festival is not necessarily the final aha! moment after a pavilion is finished, but the collaborative process of building. At this year's Venice Biennale, art collective Raumlabor berlin debuted 'The Generator,' an onsite participatory workshop where you can make your own 'Sedia Veneziana,' or Venetian chair.
September 9, 2010
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Dwellings Redux

In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we tracked down the residents of 15 of the 19 homes we featured in Dwell’s first year to find out who’s stayed put, who’s moved on, and how their modern houses have fared.
September 7, 2010
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Re:Crafted, by Marc Kristal

I finally got my hands on a copy of contributing editor Marc Kristal's lush new book, Re:Crafted: Interpretations of Craft in Contemporary Architecture and Interiors, which was published by the Monacelli Press this past spring. The twenty-five projects he profiles are eclectic—an over-the-top villa for a Chinese industrialist; a graphic 'outdoor room' in a San Francisco backyard; a glacier-inspired arts complex in Oslo—but they all share a modern, expanded (and sometimes exploded) sense of 'craft,' and they've all been built in the past decade. Kristal acknowledges that the notion of 'craft' is rather hard to pin down: "It may seem easily discernible. But the more you see—the more you realize how many forms it takes, and how imaginatively it can be interpreted—the more resistant craft becomes to easy explanation," he says. This book is his attempt to "encourage a more flexible understanding of the craft influence and how it can be used to enrich the whole of the built environment."
September 2, 2010
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Winner: Coolcapitals Cool Case Contest

This was a tough one! After much deliberation, our judges are excited to announce the grand-prize winner of the Coolcapitals Cool Case competition.
September 1, 2010
Illustration Play 2 Book

Illustration Play 2

Berkeley–based publisher Gingko Press's latest offering is a whimsical celebration of illustrations that literally jump off the page using traditional crafts like quilling and papercutting. In Illustration Play 2: An Expedition to the Extraordinary (the sequel to Illustration Play: Craving for the Extraordinary), 24 artists are introduced with a first-person bio and a small blurb, which are followed by images of their work, including those that show the processes behind them.
August 30, 2010
Architecture and the City Festival 2010

Architecture + the City Kicks Off

This weekend, the seventh annual Architecture + the City kicks off in San Francisco. Organized by the American Institute of Architecture San Francisco chapter and the Center for Architecture + Design, the monthlong festival is a celebration of the city design community and offers events for all, from home tours to film series to exhibitions and lectures. The event kicks off Friday, August 27 with an opening party at DZINE and ends with a final hurrah on September 30 with the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR). We spoke with festival curator Erin Cullerton in the final hours before kick off.
August 27, 2010
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coolcapitals Cool Case Finalists and Dwell teamed up for the second year in a row to bring you a "cool" design competition! We asked for smart-phone cover designs that represent and fuse the unique cultures of the coolcapitals cities of Amsterdam, Antwerp, Valencia, Vienna and Zürich - and boy did you deliver! Here's a slideshow of the top ten finalists. Our judges have a tough decision ahead of them!
August 24, 2010
New Cottages at Fallingwater Exhibit

New Cottages at Fallingwater

This weekend, Design Competition: New Cottages at Fallingwater exhibition closes at the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. Earlier this year, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, which owns Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater home and the surrounding 5,000-acre Bear Run Nature Reserve, held the first competition for new construction on the site. The WPC invited six firms to design 700-square-foot cottages for students and artists in residence at Fallingwater. Each cottage was required to be "architecturally interesting," be able to achieve a LEED-platinum rating from the USGBC, and include sleeping, eating, cooking, and bathing areas as well as an open space with a fireplace. The exhibit, which displays models and renderings of the six proposals, opened at the Carnegie Museum of art in June. If you can't make it to the show before it closes Sunday, watch our slideshow here.
August 22, 2010