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  1. Yard Works
    Design 101

    Yard Works

    “Mother Nature is too powerful to try and mimic,” says Shane Coen, whose firm is known for its minimalist approach to the residential landscape.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  2. Worth the Wait
    House Tours

    Worth the Wait

    Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    04.30.09

  3. Where the Sidewalk Ends
    Context

    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    After taking on San Francisco City Hall, architect Jane Martin helped spawn a movement that has rendered the city’s sidewalks more hospitable to birds, bees, butterflies—and even to...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    06.22.09

  4. Victorian Revival
    House Tours

    Victorian Revival

    A couple’s dinner out at their neighborhood bistro provides just the right impetus for their restaurant-inspired kitchen renovation.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Cesar Rubio
    09.14.09

  5. There’s No Place Like Home
    Design 101

    There’s No Place Like Home

    Telecommuting may let you answer email in your underwear, but is the home office all it’s cracked up to be?

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    02.01.09

  6. The Ungreening of America
    Design 101

    The Ungreening of America

    We asked Charles Birnbaum to point us to five unique landscapes that we can still take a peek at. He explains: “I’ve chosen places that are either at risk or lesser known. They don’t resemble...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  7. The People's Park
    Design 101

    The People's Park

    An amorphous profession, landscape architecture embraces everything from civic plazas, highways, and landfill reclamations to the front lawn. Here we profile two practitioners, Walter Hood and...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  8. The New Suburbanism
    House Tours

    The New Suburbanism

    When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.04.09

  9. The Green Lagoon
    Green

    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    01.21.09

  10. Structured Play
    Outdoor

    Structured Play

    Two of the country’s most creative and thoughtful playground designers—architect Richard Dattner and landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg—spent countless hours observing how...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    01.01.09

  11. Stoked to Soak
    Outdoor

    Stoked to Soak

    Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a standard hot tub the...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Jeremy Harris
    02.05.09

  12. Space-Efficient Renovation in New York
    Design 101

    Space-Efficient Renovation in New York

    “A strategy of extreme density was required,” says Michael Chen of Normal Projects, 
who along with partner Kari Anderson handled the renovation of this Upper West Side apartment.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    02.01.09

  13. Scott Hudson on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Scott Hudson on Kitchens of the Future

    About eight years ago, Scott Hudson founded his Seattle-based company Henrybuilt (named for his grandfather) to try to fill the void between sophisticated high-end European kitchen systems and what...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  14. Sands Castle
    Finishing Touch

    Sands Castle

    Jeff and Larissa Sand cut their commute down to a few flights of stairs when they moved their industrial design studio, architecture office, and metalwork shop into the first two floors of their...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    10.18.10

  15. Project Runaway
    House Tours

    Project Runaway

    Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.05.10

  16. Pittsburgh Steeler
    My House

    Pittsburgh Steeler

    With a nod to the Burgh’s industrial heritage, and an eye toward the new, Jeff Walz replaced an aging farmhouse with a chic steel cube.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Livia Corona
    01.15.09

  17. Open Kitchen
    Renovation

    Open Kitchen

    A San Francisco architect turns his “inefficiency” kitchen into a modestly scaled and well-lit place to cook, eat, work, and enjoy the view—–even with his back turned.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  18. Model Worthy
    Renovation

    Model Worthy

    The true test of a kitchen’s mettle is not how it looks brand-new, but how it looks after a decade of wear and tear from heaving cleavers and spilling sauce.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  19. Mission Statement
    House Tours

    Mission Statement

    A house that survived the Great Quake and the intervening decades is reborn after a serious intervention by a modernist architect. David Baker’s carefully crafted rehabilitation kept the...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.09

  20. Johnny Grey on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Johnny Grey on Kitchens of the Future

    The nephew of food guru Elizabeth David, Grey found validation for his design approach in the field of neuroscience.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  21. Density Down Under
    Green

    Density Down Under

    Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.02.09

  22. Daniel Patterson on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Daniel Patterson on Kitchens of the Future

    According to this chef who routinely pushes the boundaries of how food is prepared and presented, the ideal kitchen will look back to the future.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  23. Christine Rosen on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Christine Rosen on Kitchens of the Future

    “Looking at the data, we will continue to eat more convenience foods and to gather less as a family, just as our kitchens become ever more ‘gourmet’ and ‘professional.’

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  24. Cardenio Petrucci on Kitchens of the Future
    --The Future of

    Cardenio Petrucci on Kitchens of the Future

    Cardenio Petrucci has seen the kitchen assume increasing prominence, to the point where it’s akin to a piece of fine furniture.  

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

  25. Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System
    A Great Idea

    Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System

    With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into a freestanding system fit for a modern ascetic.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    04.16.09

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