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  1. A Surfer's Small Modern Backyard
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    A Surfer's Small Modern Backyard

    We've called out our outdoor furniture favorites before, but the deft use of these Loop chairs by Willy Guhl for Eternit puts them squarely on our list. Matt Jacobson and Kristopher Dukes's small...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    03.25.13

  2. Best Modern Desert Houses
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    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.20.13

  3. Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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    Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

    An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ike Edeani
    03.26.14

  4. Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden
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    Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden

    Architect Burton Baldridge donated his services to Casis Elementary, his daughter’s large public school in Austin, Texas, to design and build an outdoor classroom that would augment an organic...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Casey Dunn
    02.27.14

  5. SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design
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    SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

    Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.04.14

  6. A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape
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    A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape

    With aptly applied angular concrete details and ornamental plantings, landscape architect Terence Lee transforms his slender Northern California backyard.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.03.14

  7. An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland
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    An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

    Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.13.13

  8. Secret Garden
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    Secret Garden

    In Arlington, Virginia, architecture firm Höweler + Yoon contends with spatial and budgetary constraints to carve a microcourtyard, complete with Japanese maples and a cascading concrete fountain,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.13

  9. 6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces
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    6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces

    The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these six patios, backyards, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.26.14

  10. 5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi
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    5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi

    With a body of work spanning sculpture, dance, furniture, lightning, and landscapes, Isamu Noguchi is one of the most revered figures in the 20th-century canon. Buckminster Fuller once called...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.20.13

  11. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  12. Nature’s Graces
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    Nature’s Graces

    With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Sarah Rich
    02.04.09

  13. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
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    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  14. All-Inclusive Architecture
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    All-Inclusive Architecture

    At the symbolic heart of Philadelphia lies John F. Kennedy (JFK) Plaza, more commonly called Love Park after a Robert Indiana sculpture that is the soul of the site.

    written by: Anuj Desai
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.05.09

  15. Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
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    Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps

    For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    04.30.09

  16. Dunkin' Danish
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    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  17. Baltimore Tree House
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    Baltimore Tree House

    The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods but it isn't technically a tree house. "The trees here are...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.04.09

  18. Staten Island
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    Staten Island

    While my appreciation of New York’s 24-7 public transit system remains immeasurable, I am pleased, as day two begins, to catch a ride in a Parks Department Jeep to Staten Island. Within an...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    02.14.11

  19. Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer
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    Video: Garrett Finney & Cricket Trailer

    After four years at NASA designing rest-eat-sleep spaces for astronauts aboard the International Space Station, architect Garrett Finney left the agency to pursue earth-based enterprises. He...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.11

  20. Lighting Lower Manhattan
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    Lighting Lower Manhattan

    Attention lighting professionals: New York City is making like Hong Kong and illuminating its waterfront in a proposed bid that invites architects and designers to create a massive interactive...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    12.16.11

  21. Boisbuchet as a Canvas
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    Boisbuchet as a Canvas

    The Spanish architect, artist, and designer Luis Urculo once said, "I no longer know what an architect is and what an architect should do...." This past summer Urculo led one of the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.12.12

  22. Pop-up Parks
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    Pop-up Parks

    Eager for public space, communities re-create their streets as temporary cafes, playgrounds, and bike lanes.

    written by: Inga Saffron
    photos by: Krista Jahnke
    05.18.12

  23. Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do
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    Brooklyn Botanic's New 'Do

    Last week, as spring's balmy temperatures took a temporary dip into glacier territory, the two founding partners of architecture and urbanism firm Weiss/Manfredi led a hard hat tour of their new...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    04.05.12

  24. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  25. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

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