The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap? Critic Alexandra Lange examines Architect Barbie. Photo by: Bartholomew Cooke
The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap? Critic Alexandra Lange examines Architect Barbie. Photo by: Bartholomew Cooke
Sherman chats with his neighbor Sakhawat Ullah, the mason who built his front stoop.
Sherman chats with his neighbor Sakhawat Ullah, the mason who built his front stoop.
Benjamin Pardo and Jeffrey Osborne talk onstage while Nasir Kassamali listens from the the first row.
Benjamin Pardo and Jeffrey Osborne talk onstage while Nasir Kassamali listens from the the first row.
Small Talk print by One Must Dash, $56–$88.

The Swedish design duo draws from a rich Scandinavian tradition of simple, powerful graphics in this poster inspired by the art of small talk.
Small Talk print by One Must Dash, $56–$88. The Swedish design duo draws from a rich Scandinavian tradition of simple, powerful graphics in this poster inspired by the art of small talk.
Education was a key focus of designer Bruce Mau's talk. Photo courtesy Compostmodern.
Education was a key focus of designer Bruce Mau's talk. Photo courtesy Compostmodern.
Clayden and Sam Cutler, both former tour managers for rock bands, talk music in the spacious, uncluttered living room that opens onto the balcony.
Clayden and Sam Cutler, both former tour managers for rock bands, talk music in the spacious, uncluttered living room that opens onto the balcony.
Professor Rebecca Ginsburg will talk on February 16th at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Professor Rebecca Ginsburg will talk on February 16th at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.
Part of the goal of the take-out window is to get people talking about political and social issues.
Part of the goal of the take-out window is to get people talking about political and social issues.
A kitchen design by Mark Singer, who will be talking about how the kitchen is the heart of the home at the Pacific Design Center on June 22nd.
A kitchen design by Mark Singer, who will be talking about how the kitchen is the heart of the home at the Pacific Design Center on June 22nd.
“Stacey hopes that we can use this as a prototype for a development of artists’ studios someday—we talked about maybe siting several of them together, like an old mobile home park.” The steel sculpture is by San Antonio artist George Shroeder.
“Stacey hopes that we can use this as a prototype for a development of artists’ studios someday—we talked about maybe siting several of them together, like an old mobile home park.” The steel sculpture is by San Antonio artist George Shroeder.
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Moskow and Linn each head to the Swamp Hut with their families about once a month. "Most of the time is spent on the deck: cooking, talking, tending the fire, and trying not to burn the place," Linn says.
Moskow and Linn each head to the Swamp Hut with their families about once a month. "Most of the time is spent on the deck: cooking, talking, tending the fire, and trying not to burn the place," Linn says.
I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Don Quixote starring the incredible Sonia Rodriguez. Before the show there was a "ballet talk" that not only helped explain elements of the ballet but highlighted the wonderful design of the center. Instead of just providing circulation, the network of bridges, stars, and spans in the foyer also take on other functions, such as an auditorium that can be used for purposes such as talks and lectures. It's quite a brilliant use of space.
I was lucky enough to catch a performance of Don Quixote starring the incredible Sonia Rodriguez. Before the show there was a "ballet talk" that not only helped explain elements of the ballet but highlighted the wonderful design of the center. Instead of just providing circulation, the network of bridges, stars, and spans in the foyer also take on other functions, such as an auditorium that can be used for purposes such as talks and lectures. It's quite a brilliant use of space.
One of the most talked-about events was the temporary, invitation-only exhibit 20 Designers at Biologiska, at the Biologika Museet (Biological Museum). Located inside a circa-1893 structure on Djurgården, the museum is basically a two-story cylindrical diorama that holds a collection of stuffed wildlife. Curated by Fredrik Färg, Emma Marga Blanche and Hanna Nova Beatrice, the exhibition is "about evolution, diversity, and universality, where contemporary design, art and light is housed in an unexpected context."
One of the most talked-about events was the temporary, invitation-only exhibit 20 Designers at Biologiska, at the Biologika Museet (Biological Museum). Located inside a circa-1893 structure on Djurgården, the museum is basically a two-story cylindrical diorama that holds a collection of stuffed wildlife. Curated by Fredrik Färg, Emma Marga Blanche and Hanna Nova Beatrice, the exhibition is "about evolution, diversity, and universality, where contemporary design, art and light is housed in an unexpected context."
Glaser designed this poster as an introduction to Alan Heller's line of plastic, pasta-shaped pillows. The only clue that we are not talking about edible pasta is the measurement indicating that it is 60cm wide—mouthful even for ravioli lovers.
Glaser designed this poster as an introduction to Alan Heller's line of plastic, pasta-shaped pillows. The only clue that we are not talking about edible pasta is the measurement indicating that it is 60cm wide—mouthful even for ravioli lovers.
Inside the Boxhome, colors are muted, light remains local, and the dark-stained woods stand out against lighter grains. When residents and guests gather, the Boxhome's kitchen takes on a new role, bringing everyone to the table to talk.
Inside the Boxhome, colors are muted, light remains local, and the dark-stained woods stand out against lighter grains. When residents and guests gather, the Boxhome's kitchen takes on a new role, bringing everyone to the table to talk.
One-on-one fitness instruction plays a significant role in motivating seniors to stay in shape. A talking robot dubbed Bandit encourages a person seated in front of it to engage in customized exercises, ranging from easy to challenging. Although still in the research and testing stages, the robot is capable of leading a person through a series of arm movements or imitating arm movements modeled by the person. It’s one of six socially assistive robots, or SARs, being developed by the Interaction Lab of theViterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. For more information, see Interaction Lab.
One-on-one fitness instruction plays a significant role in motivating seniors to stay in shape. A talking robot dubbed Bandit encourages a person seated in front of it to engage in customized exercises, ranging from easy to challenging. Although still in the research and testing stages, the robot is capable of leading a person through a series of arm movements or imitating arm movements modeled by the person. It’s one of six socially assistive robots, or SARs, being developed by the Interaction Lab of theViterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California. For more information, see Interaction Lab.
"It was interesting looking at the Betel Nut stores from the perspective of my relatives in Taiwan and people of higher economic class who perhaps see the girls as in some ways exploited. But talking to the girls minds began to change."
"It was interesting looking at the Betel Nut stores from the perspective of my relatives in Taiwan and people of higher economic class who perhaps see the girls as in some ways exploited. But talking to the girls minds began to change."
Inside the main theater space was this massive bridge suspended by a red curtain and resting on a wall that divides the audience from the stage. But as the structure is unfinished, no stage exists. I talked with curator Nadim Samman and as he put it "What artist could resist a theater without a stage?"
Inside the main theater space was this massive bridge suspended by a red curtain and resting on a wall that divides the audience from the stage. But as the structure is unfinished, no stage exists. I talked with curator Nadim Samman and as he put it "What artist could resist a theater without a stage?"
Community involvement was a key part of the design competition. Charrettes were held in the city of Saint-Marc where residents talked with designers about their ideal house and how current housing affected their health.
Community involvement was a key part of the design competition. Charrettes were held in the city of Saint-Marc where residents talked with designers about their ideal house and how current housing affected their health.
"I had an opportunity to work with my husband's brother's wife who is Taiwanese as a translator. So I could go talk to the girls. I wanted to get more information."
"I had an opportunity to work with my husband's brother's wife who is Taiwanese as a translator. So I could go talk to the girls. I wanted to get more information."
Smith kept referring to the "knuckles" of Blueline Estate's production, talking about all the processes and apparatus of making wine. I loved the repetition of the forms of these big tanks. They evoke the long rows of grapes, the undulating plastic roof above, and the barrels in the cave.
Smith kept referring to the "knuckles" of Blueline Estate's production, talking about all the processes and apparatus of making wine. I loved the repetition of the forms of these big tanks. They evoke the long rows of grapes, the undulating plastic roof above, and the barrels in the cave.
Our family trekked out to Mazama, Washington, to stay nights at the Rolling Huts and meet and talk to the owner of the huts and Delta Shelter ahead of our decision. Here's a view of the Rolling Huts, built by Tanner Construction and one of Tom Kundig's most celebrated projects. Photo by Tim Bies.
Our family trekked out to Mazama, Washington, to stay nights at the Rolling Huts and meet and talk to the owner of the huts and Delta Shelter ahead of our decision. Here's a view of the Rolling Huts, built by Tanner Construction and one of Tom Kundig's most celebrated projects. Photo by Tim Bies.
Carter’s ITC Galliard is just one of several of his typefaces to be acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. In his talk, he discussed how typographers sit at the bottom of the design food chain and that, “There aren’t very many design authorities that treat type design on par with other forms of industrial design.” Thus, he couldn’t be more delighted with MoMA’s request. Image courtesy Monotype Imaging.
Carter’s ITC Galliard is just one of several of his typefaces to be acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. In his talk, he discussed how typographers sit at the bottom of the design food chain and that, “There aren’t very many design authorities that treat type design on par with other forms of industrial design.” Thus, he couldn’t be more delighted with MoMA’s request. Image courtesy Monotype Imaging.
Here's the only real Audi branding on the eight parklets. It's a plaque on one of the solar collectors. I talked with Audi PR man Andrew Lipman and he told me that the car company loves this project because, "It's a project that solves a problem and gives back to a community that we care about." As to why there aren't Audi rings stamped on every surface, he said that the parklets aren't a massive branding exercise. "It's OK if people don't understand it as 100% related to Audi."
Here's the only real Audi branding on the eight parklets. It's a plaque on one of the solar collectors. I talked with Audi PR man Andrew Lipman and he told me that the car company loves this project because, "It's a project that solves a problem and gives back to a community that we care about." As to why there aren't Audi rings stamped on every surface, he said that the parklets aren't a massive branding exercise. "It's OK if people don't understand it as 100% related to Audi."
"The girls talked about working for three or four years and then starting their own shops—moving from worker to owner. Others said that they were saving money for school. But none of them really felt exploited, and I didn't feel that they were unhappy."
"The girls talked about working for three or four years and then starting their own shops—moving from worker to owner. Others said that they were saving money for school. But none of them really felt exploited, and I didn't feel that they were unhappy."
Another highlight of the show for me was talking with the effervescent metalworker  Jefferson Mack (seated), who creates sculptural steel coffee table bases, andirons, chairs, and light fixtures—including a few designs sold at Restoration Hardware.
Another highlight of the show for me was talking with the effervescent metalworker Jefferson Mack (seated), who creates sculptural steel coffee table bases, andirons, chairs, and light fixtures—including a few designs sold at Restoration Hardware.
“With Passive Houses we talk about the energy consumption during use. But energy use goes from the birth of the house to its death,” she says. “Japanese timber houses had great energy performance during construction because they used local wood. Bamboo, paper, thatch, and earth are absolutely carbon neutral, and traditional designs such as wind paths and window overhangs are as important as an airtight skin. I want to combine these two aspects of energy efficiency.”
“With Passive Houses we talk about the energy consumption during use. But energy use goes from the birth of the house to its death,” she says. “Japanese timber houses had great energy performance during construction because they used local wood. Bamboo, paper, thatch, and earth are absolutely carbon neutral, and traditional designs such as wind paths and window overhangs are as important as an airtight skin. I want to combine these two aspects of energy efficiency.”
Clerestory windows above the desk area illuminate the studio addition. Sallin beams when talking about the design, but his most favorite part is how everything coalesces as a whole. "For a modern house it's friendly, not austere. And I love the quality of the light," says Sallin.

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Clerestory windows above the desk area illuminate the studio addition. Sallin beams when talking about the design, but his most favorite part is how everything coalesces as a whole. "For a modern house it's friendly, not austere. And I love the quality of the light," says Sallin. Don't miss a word of Dwell! Download our FREE app from iTunes, friend us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter!
Since Leonard was asleep, I talked for a while with this guy, Mike. He said that he'd been out at Salvation Mountain for a couple weeks helping out. He was high in the branches using the head of a push broom to dust the monument. Dusting seemed a thankless task in the desert, but Mike was really informative. He also noted that he's one of only a couple people who work around Salvation Mountian beyond Leonard, who is in poor health at 79.
Since Leonard was asleep, I talked for a while with this guy, Mike. He said that he'd been out at Salvation Mountain for a couple weeks helping out. He was high in the branches using the head of a push broom to dust the monument. Dusting seemed a thankless task in the desert, but Mike was really informative. He also noted that he's one of only a couple people who work around Salvation Mountian beyond Leonard, who is in poor health at 79.
Reimers sells the plaster, wood stains, concrete stains, and other remodeling products she used to create her space. "It's a showroom where people can see what the products actually look like, and it was an effort to walk the talk," Reimers says.
Reimers sells the plaster, wood stains, concrete stains, and other remodeling products she used to create her space. "It's a showroom where people can see what the products actually look like, and it was an effort to walk the talk," Reimers says.
Instead of no rest for the weary, LDF offered some places of respite: a vast Kvadrat-lined lounger by the Bouroullec brothers inside the Victoria & Albert Museum was much talked-about but this white pipe and colored stripe-lined Illy coffee bar was sponsored by both Italian furniture maker Moroso and lighting manufacturer Flos; it was a pick-me-up that had to do with décor as much as caffeination.
Instead of no rest for the weary, LDF offered some places of respite: a vast Kvadrat-lined lounger by the Bouroullec brothers inside the Victoria & Albert Museum was much talked-about but this white pipe and colored stripe-lined Illy coffee bar was sponsored by both Italian furniture maker Moroso and lighting manufacturer Flos; it was a pick-me-up that had to do with décor as much as caffeination.
On Sunday night Dwell hosted a conversation with Oscar-nominated documentary film director Mark Kitchell. Kitchell is showing his new film "A Fierce Green Fire" this year at Sundance and I talked with him about the movie in front of a big audience. The art on the wall behind us is by the young Salt Lake City artist Justin Wheatley.
On Sunday night Dwell hosted a conversation with Oscar-nominated documentary film director Mark Kitchell. Kitchell is showing his new film "A Fierce Green Fire" this year at Sundance and I talked with him about the movie in front of a big audience. The art on the wall behind us is by the young Salt Lake City artist Justin Wheatley.
On Friday afternoon, Dwell, along with event partners Cool Hunting and Architizer, selected panelists for an informal talk on sound design and architecture. The chat took place in the Sonos Sound Library at the Standard East hotel, our unofficial weekend perch, which was part of the massive NoHo Design District initiative organized by Sight Unseen.
On Friday afternoon, Dwell, along with event partners Cool Hunting and Architizer, selected panelists for an informal talk on sound design and architecture. The chat took place in the Sonos Sound Library at the Standard East hotel, our unofficial weekend perch, which was part of the massive NoHo Design District initiative organized by Sight Unseen.
Here we are back upstairs in one of the large studios. Cavagnero talked a lot about wanting to keep the industrial feel of the space, but making sure that it was "crisp, rational, tight, but not cute. All of the service stuff like pipes and trusses are going to be exposed, but I wanted to keep them organized." Photo by Margo Moritz.
Here we are back upstairs in one of the large studios. Cavagnero talked a lot about wanting to keep the industrial feel of the space, but making sure that it was "crisp, rational, tight, but not cute. All of the service stuff like pipes and trusses are going to be exposed, but I wanted to keep them organized." Photo by Margo Moritz.
I haven't gotten a chance to have a look at the interior of the space during daylight, but there was much talk about how natural light plays such a strong part in the building, and this photo certainly supports that. You can also see what Cavagnero was getting at with the clean, industrial aesthetic--"I wanted to make it a tough, industrial, urban education center," he said--but the care taken to see that it all exists within a clear geometry. Photo by Tim Griffith.
I haven't gotten a chance to have a look at the interior of the space during daylight, but there was much talk about how natural light plays such a strong part in the building, and this photo certainly supports that. You can also see what Cavagnero was getting at with the clean, industrial aesthetic--"I wanted to make it a tough, industrial, urban education center," he said--but the care taken to see that it all exists within a clear geometry. Photo by Tim Griffith.

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