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Dwell Around the World

Dwell Around the World

As we began dispersing for the holidays—heading our separate ways to SoCal and all the way to the Carribean—we take a look back at the best of what we saw worldwide in 2010.
December 28, 2010
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Code Natural Kitchen by Snaidero

Kitchen systems are a lot like prefab housing: they're designed to be modular but they're endlessly customizable—not that that's a bad thing. The advantage of choosing a kitchen system or a prefab is the security of knowing what you're getting: what it will be made of, when and where it will be constructed. You purchase deliverable, detailed promises. The disadvantage, however, is that because they're not truly factory-made, off-the-shelf products, these products are often more expensive than we'd expect. But, if a kitchen system is something you can invest in, here's one that's caught our eye.
December 23, 2010
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Academy Rewards

A pair of photographers employed a pair of architects (they're all buddies) to transform an aging schoolhouse into a modern marvel.
December 23, 2010
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Cool Chicken House

Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a structure that complemented his house, a modern barn in Rockland County. 
December 23, 2010
<i>Why Design Now?</i>, the fourth exhibit in the National Design Triennial series, comes to a close after offering views of more than 125 projects spanning design disciplines from architecture to fashion. On view at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Mus

8 Exhibits to See Over the Holidays

With a few days off and some time to travel, now is your chance to catch new shows as well as the tail ends of the exhibitions you've been meaning to make it to. We've rounded up 8 must-see exhibits—with links to slideshows of images from each in case online is as close to on location as you're able to get.
December 22, 2010
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Activist Designers: Design 99

Gina Reichert, an architectural designer, and her husband, artist Mitch Cope, are the duo behind Design 99, an organization in Detroit that creates everything from bathroom tile designs to neighborhood planning strategies. They set up shop—–quite literally as a shop—–in August 2007, offering design services for 99 cents a minute or $99 per house call. “We put design in a retail environment because people know how to enter a store and ask questions,” Reichert says. “A lot of people disregard design not because they’re uninterested but because they don’t think they have access to it.”    
December 21, 2010
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Design Build: Made

Brian Papa, Oliver Freundlich, and Ben Bischoff met their first year at the Yale School of Architecture, when they found themselves the most enthusiastic members of a student-led design-build project. Today, as principals of MADE, a Brooklyn-based architecture firm, they are elevating design-build to another level.  
December 21, 2010
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Arch Students Build a Hive

This semester I had the opportunity to teach the first studio for the new three-year MArch grad program at Woodbury University with Rebecca Rudolph, in coordination with Kelly Bair (who taught the Visualization seminar). Together we compiled a series of projects investigating architecture at a range of scales from the city to the detail. The final project of the semester is a collaborative project with all the students pitching in together to create a single installation at Woodbury’s Hollywood space, recently renamed WUHo, in an exhibition coordinated by Christian Stayner. The show, Super! Show, is on view until mid-January, along with a series of other exhibitions by Woodbury students; an installation by Molly Hunker and Greg Corson; an experimental film series programmed by Vera Brunner-Sung; and a project curated by Stayner and Jayna Zweiman entitled "13.3% is an exasperated reply to those who say: 'there are no women making architecture.'"
December 21, 2010
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Sneak Peek: Hyperlinks at AIC

In the new exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago titled Hyperlinks: Architecture and Design, AIC curator Zoe Ryan and collaborator Joseph Rosa, director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (and former curator at the AIC), explore the contemporary intersections of architecture and design. Borrowing the term from the Internet and its jargo, the duo present 34 projects that explore the "'hyperlinking'" of ideas, expertise, and ways of making—drawn from fields as diverse as science, biology, communication, data visualization, manufacturing, and material innovation," president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the institute James Cuno writes in the exhibition catalogue. Read our conversation with Ryan about the new show and watch this slideshow of works from the exhibit, on now through July 20, 2011.
December 20, 2010
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