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  1. Philadelphia, PA
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    Philadelphia, PA

    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...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh

  2. Andrea Cochran Landscapes

    Andrea Cochran Landscapes

    Just like modern homes often bring the outside in, San Francisco landscape architect Andrea Cochran’s exterior designs extend the modern aesthetic from indoors to the outdoors. A new book by...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  3. Beantown Dream
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    Beantown Dream

    In this tightly packed Northeast city where developers pounce first on any available lot, two young architects found a rare ground-up opportunity.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Roger Davies

  4. Reflections on a Lake
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    Reflections on a Lake

    Unobtrusively distinct from its neighbors, a weekend house in Mexico assimilates the colors of the surrounding landscape on surfaces of glass, steel, and concrete.

    written by: Ana Guerrerosantos

  5. Mountain Dwellings Urban Development in Copenhagen
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    Mountain Dwellings Urban Development in Copenhagen

    In Ørestad—Copenhagen’s tiny but buzzing new hub of urban development—a mountain rises from the flatlands. No ordinary geological behemoth, this sloping peak is a feat of...

    written by: Sally McGrane
    photos by: Jens Passoth

  6. Stumptown Rock

    Stumptown Rock

    Even before construction was complete, the Stump House was turning heads. When its green-minded future owners learned of its shining environmental résumé, they knew they’d found...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark

  7. Terunobu Fujimori

    Terunobu Fujimori

    A modern eccentric with an architectural sensibility drawn from ancient Japanese traditions, Terunobu Fujimori designs projects that are exercises in playful experimentation and sophisticated craft.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Adam Friedberg

  8. Jakarta, Indonesia
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    Jakarta, Indonesia

    In the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, Ahmad Djuhara is on a one-man crusade to blow away the conservative cobwebs of the city’s dowdy suburban architecture.

    written by: Simon Pitchforth
    photos by: Matthew Williams

  9. iT House, Joshua Tree
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    iT House, Joshua Tree

    The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Gregg Segal

  10. Salvage Love
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    Salvage Love

    The first year out of college is a wildcard for most people. Whether spent bumming around Europe with a backpack or slogging through a suffocating desk job, it’s often a year with little...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Misty Keasler

  11. Bach to Basics

    Bach to Basics

    On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds

  12. Desert Utopia
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    Desert Utopia

    With this elegant steel prototype, Marmol Radziner and Associates launch a new prefab venture with the goal of bringing their modern design sensibilities to a broader market.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy

  13. Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
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    Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

    A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six, this...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: João Canziani

  14. Supplant Your Lawn
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    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo

  15. Sign of the Times
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    Sign of the Times

    Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Randi Berez

  16. Roadside Attraction

    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard

  17. The Birds and The Beavers

    The Birds and The Beavers

    Connecticut birders happily swap their waterlogged Wellies and foggy field glass for the Wesleyan student–designed SplitFrame, a viewing platform in a former cranberry bog.

    written by: Amber Bravo

  18. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler

  19. Victorian Secrets
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    Victorian Secrets

    Have you ever walked past a house on your way to work and thought, Wouldn’t it be nice to live there. Artist Judith Brenner did. But unlike most of us, Judith loved the house so much that, in July...

    written by: Amanda Talbot
    photos by: Richard Powers

  20. Swamp Thing

    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  21. Mutual Fulfilment

    Mutual Fulfilment

    In Santa Monica, architect and activist Cory Buckner is working to preserve the living monuments of L.A.'s mid-century-modern past, including her own home by A. Quincy Jones.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Darcy Hemley

  22. 7 Airstreams We Love

    7 Airstreams We Love

    In our September 2012 "Open House" issue, we covered the renovated airstream of Austin, Texas's Stubb's. With the help of designer Burton Baldridge, the renowned concert venue...

    written by: Diana Budds

  23. Building Blocks
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    Building Blocks

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman

  24. Good Mews
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    Good Mews

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Peter Marlow

  25. São Paulo, Brazil
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    São Paulo, Brazil

    For photographer Reinaldo Cóser and his family of four, the best way to deal with the sometimes-draining throb of massive São Paulo was to simply rise above.

    written by: Robert Landon
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma