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  1. The First Wave
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    The First Wave

    In Sydney’s cramped beachside suburbia, architect Steve Kennedy defied a small footprint and a terrible drought with a generous double-height extension and a cutting-edge custom-made water...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Richard Powers
    11.01.07

  2. Living Walls
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    Living Walls

    A tiny bit like the Renzo Piano-designed Pompidou Centre that wears its insides on its outside (pipes, ducts, all the 'ugly' stuff), this office building wears a garden.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.09.08

  3. September 11th Memorial & Museum
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    September 11th Memorial & Museum

    On the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, we turn our attention toward building plans for ground zero, where a 24-foot-by-9-foot, 7,770-pound beam National September 11 Memorial & Museum project...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.11.08

  4. Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design
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    Re-Opening: The Museum of Arts and Design

    Two Columbus Circle once was a stout-yet-hip white building with black porthole-esque forms around it: channeling 1960s mod better than any building could, courtesy of architect Edward Durell Stone...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    09.14.08

  5. Let's Get Small
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    Let's Get Small

    This week I'm staying in Sebastopol, California, home of the Tiny Tumbleweed House Co, recently featured in a New York Times article about the new "trend" of tiny houses. (Meaning less...

    written by: David A. Greene
    09.15.08

  6. Earth Sheltered Homes
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    Earth Sheltered Homes

    Homes built underground (aka Earth Sheltered Homes) are starting to look pretty enticing, what with the state of the economy and all. And contrary to what you'd think, they can be light, airy and...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.19.08

  7. LA's First Prefab Home Open for Opinions
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    LA's First Prefab Home Open for Opinions

    Three months ago, this was the site of Leo Marmol's new prefabbed residence in Venice. It took a bit longer than the stated 6 weeks, but the 2,800 square foot Palms House is now finished and open...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.20.08

  8. They Gave Me a Pritzker and All I Got Was This Lousy Toilet
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    They Gave Me a Pritzker and All I Got Was This Lousy Toilet

    Norwegian modernist Sverre Fehn was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 1997, and what was that eminent architect’s first post-Pritzker commission? An outhouse.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.21.08

  9. California Academy of Sciences Preview
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    California Academy of Sciences Preview

    The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.23.08

  10. Relevance
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    Relevance

    Dig this two part Mike Wallace Frank Lloyd Wright interview.

    written by: Andy Cruz
    09.28.08

  11. Air France Terminal 2E
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    Air France Terminal 2E

    Flying from the Air France Terminal at LAX (which has been shifted out of the outdated Tom Bradley Terminal) and arriving in Paris at Terminal 2E is like moving from a basement into a penthouse...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.29.08

  12. West Coast Green
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    West Coast Green

    If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.08

  13. Affordable Housing for China
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    Affordable Housing for China

    Over a million people have moved to Guangzhou in the past eight years, making the city's population nearly ten million today. This urbanization is the trend of cities worldwide; it makes all the...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.01.08

  14. Last Chance for Lautner
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    Last Chance for Lautner

    Though academics have dubbed him "an architect's architect," my humble opinion is that John Lautner is an architect who can be appreciated by regular people. What's not to get about...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.04.08

  15. Los Angeles Architecture Top 40
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    Los Angeles Architecture Top 40

    Los Angeles is a diverse city filled with green space, urban space and all different kinds of people, incomes and tastes.  Although this can make for a disparate social scene, it makes...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.06.08

  16. Patenting Apartment Piles
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    Patenting Apartment Piles

    A patent on a house design: this is the heart of the controversy surrounding Hans Zwimpfer's Pile-Up Housing. The Swiss architect claims to have invented a new solution to sprawl by stacking single...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.07.08

  17. Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries
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    Adjaye Tapped for Two DC Branch Libraries

    This weekend I met up with a friend who lives in Washington DC and was in San Francisco for a visit. I lived in Washington from 2004-2006 and we soon started talking DC politics. She’s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.09.08

  18. Look to the Lustron
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    Look to the Lustron

    As MoMA's “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” comes to a close (on Oct. 20), let's give props to the ugly duckling of the prefab bunch, the Lustron House.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.12.08

  19. Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit
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    Building Sustainable Communities Exhibit

    An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities ...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.08

  20. Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop
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    Lavaflow Exhibit at Mollusk Surf Shop

    With photos now pouring in of newly snow-covered cities across America—or perhaps exactly because of it—we have Hawaii on our minds.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.17.08

  21. Last Day for Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
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    Last Day for Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling

    Today is the final day to venture through this well-received survey of the phenomenon that is the prefabricated home.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.20.08

  22. Get Paid to Green Your Home
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    Get Paid to Green Your Home

    Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs suggests that we only think about fancy needs like self-actualization once we've managed the basics such as food, water, shelter and safety. With a sluggish economy and...

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.22.08

  23. Michael Beirut at the Cooper-Hewitt
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    Michael Beirut at the Cooper-Hewitt

    This week at the Cooper-Hewitt is National Design Week, designated by the museum as a week of focus on the ways design enriches everyday life.

    written by: Jamie Waugh
    10.23.08

  24. Modernist Architecture Feeling the Pinch?
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    Modernist Architecture Feeling the Pinch?

    Falling prices for classic Lautners and Neutras might be a telltale sign that even modern masterpieces are feeling the pinch.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    10.23.08

  25. Seven Questions for H-Sang Seung
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    Seven Questions for H-Sang Seung

    On a trip to Seoul last week, I met an architect who my guides called “the most famous architect in Korea.”

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.29.08

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