Dwell’ing It Up in Palm Springs


It’s days like this, when it’s sixteen degrees out, the sun sets at 3:30pm, and because of all the ice on the ground, every step you take could very well be your last, that we kinda wish we’d stayed where we were born and raised, out to the west and to the south. More so when we read the excellent running coverage the site Inhabitat had on this weekend’s Dwell on Design conference in Palm Springs. And extra more so because a lot of the conference, it sounds, had a lot to do with desert subjects. Ah, to enjoy warmth again. Here’s a bit from the second day:

…this morning’s lineup included a panel discussion and lectures by architects, designers, critics, and historians, focusing on the legacy of mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs. Alastair Gordon, author and critic, and Gwendolyn Wright, architectural historian, mentioned the rare but significant use of recycled materials in mid-century modern structures, and highlighted contextual regionalism and the integration of the indoor and outdoor, drawing an interesting parallel between Modernism and sustainability. While most of the morning’s discussion centered around the long history of modern architecture in a desert context, we were especially intrigued by the afternoon’s Future of Desert Architecture segment, during which Leo Marmol and Jennifer Siegal spoke about sustainable advancements in their own work and the potential of green technologies for future projects.