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Man Builds Home for $11,000 Using Local Found Materials

Kayaking instructor and boatbuilder Brian Schulz embarked on an ambitious construction project that took him about a year and a half to complete. The end result is a beautiful home in the woods that cost only $11,000! Inspired by Japanese architecture, the <i>Japanese Forest House</i> (as Schulz aptly …


The best architecture of 2013: Rowan Moore's choice

Starchitects learned the folly of their ways while Istanbul defied the march of the mall<p>Read the Observer critics' reviews of the year in full here<p>It was a year of unintended consequences for architectural icons. The convex walls of the Walkie Talkie tower in the City of London concentrated the …

Elaborate Geometric Masks Made from a Single Sheet of Paper

These complex works of paper manipulation are the origami masterpieces of artist Joel Cooper. Each piece is designed and folded from a single sheet of paper without the use of cuts or glue. Cooper employs a specific style of origami called tessellation. Before he can even begin to design his …


Assad's palace: an empty, echoing monument to dictator decor

Designed by celebrated architect Kenzō Tange, what does the Syrian presidential palace say about the Assad regime?<p>You can learn a lot about a dictator from their domestic decor. Saddam Hussein had a thing for gold loos and erotic fantasy murals. Blonde beefcakes wrestled with serpents while …

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The Public: an inevitable end for the misguided arts centre

A catalogue of catastrophes since its inception, The Public in West Bromwich is a monument to ill-conceived ambition<p>It was billed as a “box of delights”, a cathedral-sized cabinet of curiosities to bring art to the people of West Bromwich “in surprising and beneficial ways”. They got the surprising …

Thousands of Potted Flowers Form a Grand Design on a Staircase in Sicily

What a sight! Come visit a small town on the island of Sicily called Caltagirone and you'll witness a landmark that's a sheer beauty. Built in 1608, the Staircase of Santa Maria del Monte has 142-steps which are each decorated with a different ceramic, using styles and figures derived from the …


Upside-Down Shower: Ground-Up Design for Decks & Yards

For in-house and off-grid use alike, a traditional top-down shower still probably makes the most sense – in the first case, there is no reason not …

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8 Spa-Like Bathrooms Designed to Instantly Soothe

Let these airy oases across the globe spur some ideas for creating your own refuge.

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15 Volcanic Eruptions Seen from Space

A volcano is an opening, or rupture, in a planet’s surface or crust, which allows hot magma, volcanic ash and gases to escape from the magma chamber …

A Livable Work of Art: A-Cero’s Sculptural Open Box House

Part powerful monolith, part sculpture-inspired work of art, the Open Box House from Spanish architects A-cero stands tall against the Madrid …


Flipboard For Businesses, Professionals and Job Seekers

Inside Flipboard / June 19, 2013<p>“Flipboard For You” is our bi-weekly series highlighting how different groups of people can make the most out of …


Trendlet: Balancing Acts

Design is always a balancing act, and the best industrial designers are experts at finding that sweet spot between originality, practicality, cost, …

Articles about architecture then and now on Dwell.com - Dwell

An interview with David Sellers, the "Father of the Design-Build...<p>Meet the San Francisco architecture firm that is spreading the green gospel through thoughtful, collaborative work that champions...<p>It may be simpler to build a zero-energy home from scratch than to retrofit an existing structure, …

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Articles about 5 great lakeside homes around world on Dwell.com - Dwell

Forget gilded dragons, lazy Susans, and too much red—these creative Asian restaurants not only feature modern interiors, they...<p>The benefits of using local stone in a building's structure are multifold.<p>After rescuing an aging structure, a mid-century home’s views are reborn.<p>With their stained-glass …


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35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

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Smooth Operators: 3 Easy Hair Removal Products

For those of you who step up your hair-removal game this time of year, we've vetted the newest players.<p>A Two-Minute, On-the-Go Solution<p>A …


9 Gorgeous Desserts for the Fourth of July

These red, white and blue treats are delicious, great looking—and don't take all day to make.<p>The New Pie You're Going to Love<p>The Blast from the Past<p>A …


Articles about 5 modern design icons you should know on Dwell.com - Dwell

Embodied energy, gray water, black water, carbon footprint—the list of sustainable design terms goes on and on, and we're here to...<p>Listed below are some useful words for the experienced diner.<p>The Monogram Modern Home, a prefab designed by Method Homes featuring a luxury kitchen outfitted with …