This Month in Dwell Magazine

The March issue of Dwell is on the stands, and as always, Dwell is a bit different from the usual shelter mags. This issue's lead is on "modern living on a budget" and shows a series of interesting smaller homes, including a small house covered in ivy by David Baird, small houses in Cambridge by Beat Schenk and Chaewon Kim . There is also the usual wonderful retrospective of some DWM (dead white modernist) with coverage of Philip Johnson's soon-to-be-public Glass House, and a living modernist that we didn't know, Jerry Lomax.

But the big deal is the section on solar power, with the proper amount of attention to the low key, less dramatic but very important passive solar design. Passive solar does not get as much press because it is not a product, but a result of careful consideration of the site and careful design of the dwelling. You can see an example in last month's Dwell here- the designers (Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, I just love Icelandic names) spent five years studying the play of light at site before they built.


Minarc house by Tryggvi Thorsteinsson and Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir

The passive solar coverage includes David Hertz's Panel House, (a stretch in any discussion about cost effectiveness), spec builder homes by KRDB, and Hays+Ewings' Woolen Mills House which deserves another post.

Dwell then has a section on neat solar stuff, much of which has been on Treehugger, from the E-V Sunny solar electric bike, Soldius Charger and a pile of other products that we wouldn't list here when we can milk them for posts. Throw in a good Q&A; and you have an issue worth reading. ::Dwell

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