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These Common Home Security Weak Points Are Easy to Overlook (And Even Easier to Fix)
Let’s look at your home the way a police detective—or a burglar—would. Where are the blind spots and vulnerabilities? What design details could be changed to make a place safer?
September 20, 2015
Simple Tips and Tricks for Burglar-Proofing Your Home
Burglary borrows equally from the skill sets of a technical science and theatrical improv; it follows careful rules yet just as easily abandons those rules for a spur-of-the-moment smash and grab.
September 19, 2015
An Architectural Introduction to Safe Room Design
You’re a single parent with a young child or a wealthy businessperson with a very public profile, and you’re concerned about recent developments in the news.
August 23, 2015
Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes
If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally.
August 22, 2015
You're Not Crazy, Drones Really Could Be Trying to Infiltrate Your Home
Is that a drone hovering near your property line? Drew Porter’s pocket-size radio device for compromising entire smart homes can be effective three or more blocks away from a target.
July 16, 2015
Meet the Good Guys Trying to Hack Your Smart Home
Hidden among the many benefits of a Smart Home are subtle vulnerabilities that today’s security researchers are just beginning to understand.
July 13, 2015
How Secure Is the Modern Smart Home? We Ask a Professional
The burglars’ tools of tomorrow will look more like robots and radios than lockpicks and crowbars. A security expert weighs in.
July 13, 2015
A Children's Toy Could Potentially Break Into Your House
A team of graduate student researchers at the University of Washington, led by Tamara Denning, now an assistant professor at the University of Utah, wrote what is known in their field as an “attack…
July 12, 2015
Everything You Need to Know About Security in the Age of Smart Homes
It’s no longer sufficient simply to lock your front door and close your windows before leaving your house.
July 11, 2015
Amidst the pedestrian-friendly maze of leafy streets in New York City’s West Village, LOT-EK, a firm whose designs focus on the creative reuse of industrial materials, inserted a gut-renovated…
March 5, 2010
"This isn’t a question of cost: It’s a question of design. Design is how you solve the climate-change problem."
November 24, 2009
One of the oldest cities in the United States and home to the country’s first International Style skyscraper, Philadelphia is, unfortunately, now associated more with cheesesteaks and colonial…
June 17, 2009
It has been nearly half a decade, but the Dwell Home II is back! Construction began this winter in the hills outside Los Angeles, and a true model of domestic sustainability takes shape.
April 14, 2009
The architecture of Richard Rogers weds the best of high-tech design with the outer limits of the architect’s imagination, creating soaring, sustainable spaces that enrich everyday urban life.
April 14, 2009
The Structure of Construction
This brilliant new table, called A New Perspective, by James Tooze of England's Batch, combines graphic design and carpentry to produce a three-dimensional diagram of itself. That is,…
March 1, 2009
When Architect Qingyun Ma became dean of architecture at the University of Southern California in January 2007, he came to the job with a uniquely exciting body of built work behind him.
February 26, 2009
A special bootleg version of Volume magazine will be available at the opening of Urban China: Informal Cities, an exhibition that opens February 11 at the New Museum in Manhattan.
February 10, 2009
The Critic and the Game Space
Video games are an often-overlooked realm of architectural ideas and spatial design—the buildings and landscapes through which characters move, play, and operate—but where are the…
February 9, 2009
There seems to be no end to the superlatives being used to describe cities in China: the buildings there are the biggest, the most, the heaviest, the longest, the deepest, the tallest, always…
January 26, 2009
Retrofitting for Sustainability
I'm writing this a few hours away from the opening of Viennese architect Susanne Zottl's new exhibition at SCI-Arc, A Styrofoam Lover with (E)motions of Concrete.
January 24, 2009
When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point?
January 23, 2009
The Lighthouse, by British architects Sheppard Robson, seeks to redefine the future of residential energy by plugging into the sky itself.
January 22, 2009
Los Angeles, California
Though Los Angeles offers Lindsay Lohan sightings at Pinkberry and addresses on L.Ron Hubbard Way, Dwell explores a different side of the city with land use interpreter Matthew Coolidge.
January 21, 2009
Obama as an Experiment in Urban Form
President Obama is an urban president.
January 21, 2009
Renderings of a new storage facility for the British Library have been released.
January 19, 2009
The Writing's on the Wall
New York-based designer Sherwood Forlee, through Quirk Books, has produced the Walls Notebook, where everything you write is an act of graffiti.
January 17, 2009
On the Rock
Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.
January 15, 2009
The City As Seen
As the everyday circumstances of urban life continue to change—whether due to tools like GPS-enabled cell phones or to high-tech security measures passed in the wake of September 11—how…
December 28, 2008
The New Garden Museum
The Garden Museum in London has re-opened—and rebranded—after a short and surprisingly affordable modern makeover by the talented local firm Dow Jones Architects.
December 27, 2008
House of Futures Past
Prince Charles, long an advocate of sustainability in architecture—including the use of natural building materials and the planting of organic gardens, but very conservative on the aesthetic…
December 23, 2008
Paul Virilio's classic book of wartime architectural history, Bunker Archeology, is finally back in print with a fantastic new edition from Princeton Architectural Press.
December 22, 2008
Sometimes You Need A Little Guardian
The Rome-based design firm Tokidoki—Japanese for "sometimes"—produces high-concept toys for adults and kids both, including my personal favorites: an armed couple named…
December 19, 2008
British architects Foster + Partners have revealed their "expansive" new design for the Yale School of Management in New Haven, Connecticut.
December 15, 2008
Cities and Their Grids
John Briscella, a Philadelphian now earning his Masters in "Urban Strategies" in Vienna—surely one of the most interesting degree titles out there—has put together a new journal…
December 10, 2008
Chicago Humanities Festival
For any Chicago-based Dwell readers looking for something to do this Saturday, November 8, I'm pleased to say that I'll be hosting a panel discussion there as part of this year's Chicago Humanities…
November 6, 2008
Review: The Idler's Glossary
The Idler's Glossary by Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell, designed and illustrated by Seth, came out this month from Biblioasis.
October 23, 2008
Big Trouble in Little Dubai
Dubai, that instant city of over-wrought architecture and slave-like laborers, is apparently on the verge of a sewage catastrophe.
October 17, 2008
Art + Environment Conference in Reno
I'll be heading to Reno later this week to speak at the upcoming Art + Environment Conference hosted by the Nevada Museum of Art, from October 2-4–so if any Dwell readers are in the area,…
October 2, 2008