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At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

At the Getty: Mosaics from the Empire

The Romans may not have invented the art of the mosaic – credit for that probably goes to the Greeks – but they certainly found a way to perfect it. “There were workshops set up all around the Mediterranean,” says Alexis Belis, assistant curator at the Getty Center in Malibu, Calif. “For the bear hunt, [...]

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Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Gates today, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, have a perception problem. “The word itself is ambiguous,” he says. “A gate can pen you in and keep you out.” Nowhere is that more evident than in Cambridge, Mass., where a series of 25 gates handsomely frame the perimeter of the Harvard campus. Kamin’s new [...]

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In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

Let’s say you’re a retired architect who’s been collecting – or possibly obsessing over – paper models since you were a kid in the 1940s. You’ve got 4,600 of them. From 50 states and multiple countries. And they’re taking up a lot of space in your home. What do you do with them? If you’re [...]

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Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Just how old is the Moroccan technology that produces Zellige tile? “Centuries and centuries and centuries,” says San Francisco-based cle tile’s Deborah Osburn. “We’re probably talking the 8th century, and the product hasn’t changed at all.” Nor has the technique of its makers. Artisans in Morocco will grab a slice of earth, dry it in [...]

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A Green RFK Campus for Washington

A Green RFK Campus for Washington

Soon, the 190-acre RFK Campus in Washington, D.C. will begin a transition from parking lot to green space. Two new concepts from OMA propose ways to provide connections to nearby neighborhoods, to the city and to a pair of islands in the Anacostia River. In essence, they seek to transform the nature of the area [...]

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In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

Long and low, Casa 10 is a home organized around a single horizontal beam. It was designed in 1957 by noted San Diego architect Russell Forester, who studied with Mies at IIT in Chicago – and who also designed an early prototype for the Jack in the Box restaurant chain. Now this midcentury modern, one [...]

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Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

The newest residence by Austin-based Matt Fajkus Architecture is all about the walls. They separate. They consolidate.¬† And they liberate one space from another. “The main driver is trying to develop a series of thresholds in masonry that separate the public and common and private realms of the house,” says Matt Fajkus, founder of the [...]

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Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

HB2 notwithstanding, the modern movement is alive and well in North Carolina. And what better venue could there be for an exhibition of the virtues of that aesthetic than Mario Botta’s 2010 terra cotta-clad Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in forward-thinking Charlotte? The House that Modernism Built looks not just at modernism in all its [...]

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In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

In Colorado, a Village of Micro Cabins

Thanks to students at the Colorado Building Workshop, Outward Bound guides will no longer sleep in their own trucks and campers. Instead, they’ll bunk in a cluster of 21 micro cabins created by the design/build program at the University of Colorado Denver. “I was approached by the Colorado Outward Bound executive director two years ago,” [...]

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Coming in June: Dwell on Design L.A.

Coming in June: Dwell on Design L.A.

Dwell on Design L. A. is going global. Purchased by Informa Exhibitions last May, the three-day modern design extravaganza will host a keynote address by Japanese architect¬†Sou Fujimoto, while IMM Cologne will host new work from young European designers. If it sounds like it’s still informed by Dwell editors, that’s because it is. They developed [...]

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