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  1. Architecture Tour: Madrid, Spain
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    Architecture Tour: Madrid, Spain

    Architect and designer Andrés Jaque takes us on a tour of pre-modern Madrid, highlighting the spaces where progressive design is breaking the mold.

    written by: Andrew Barsch
    photos by: Gunnar Knechtel
    02.26.09

  2. Destination of the Week: Palm Springs
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    Destination of the Week: Palm Springs

    Palm Springs is one of our perennial favorite destinations for design; the region is positively riddled with midcentury modern architecture and vintage shops, and the natural landscape is...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.12.13

  3. Exploring Melbourne, Australia
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    Exploring Melbourne, Australia

    No opera house. No Bondi Beach. No sunning celebs. This is Melbourne, home of Australia’s most thriving design scene.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: João Canziani
    05.19.11

  4. Freunde von Freunden and Vitra’s Berlin Apartment
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    Freunde von Freunden and Vitra’s Berlin Apartment

    A design collaboration between European furniture manufacturer Vitra and lifestyle voyeur Freunde von Freunden lays out a blueprint for contemporary living in Berlin's Mitte.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.15.14

  5. Helsinki Rising
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    Helsinki Rising

    Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    02.26.09

  6. Hong Kong, China
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    Hong Kong, China

    Hong Kong’s architectural development can be traced through time by viewing it panoramically from the city’s stratospheric escalators. We survey the layers with local architect Rocco Yim.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Andrew Rowat
    01.21.09

  7. Honolulu, Hawaii
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    Honolulu, Hawaii

    Today, if you tallied the world’s design capitals, you’d be forgiven for overlooking Honolulu. But when it came to modern architecture in the 1950s and ’60s, all eyes were on...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.09

  8. Houston, Texas
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    Houston, Texas

    Texas is known for propagating a "bigger is better" attitude. But even in Houston—the state’s oil and energy epicenter— residents are starting to understand the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.06.09

  9. Inside Istanbul
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    Inside Istanbul

    It’s been called Byzantium, Constantinople, Stamboul, and Tsarigrad, but as designer Efe Buluc shows us, there’s only one Istanbul.

    written by: Reyhan Harmanci
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    02.26.09

  10. Montreal Exposed
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    Montreal Exposed

    Dispassionate about his city's de rigueur "City of Design" designation, architect Gilles Saucier shows us there's more to Montreal than Expo 67.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Matthew Monteith
    02.26.09

  11. Oslo, Norway
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    Oslo, Norway

    A sleepy capital perched by the sea, Oslo is in the midst of an architectural surge. The old port and the new opera house are just two examples of why Norway’s capital is pointing the way...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jens Passoth
    08.05.10

  12. Portland, Maine
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    Portland, Maine

    Portland has long been a cultural outpost in New England, a hotspot for artists and longshoreman alike who crave the sophistication of the big city (65,000 people) while still retaining a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.02.09

  13. Reykjavík, Iceland
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    Reykjavík, Iceland

    Gundrún Lilja Gunnlaugsdóttir of Studio Bility takes us on a guided tour of the city by the smoky bay: Reykjavík, Iceland. She tells us about the local fascination with...

    written by: Sean LeBrun
    photos by: Jesse Chehak
    02.26.09

  14. San Diego, CA
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    San Diego, CA

    Nestled on the Pacific coastline, between Los Angeles’s sprawl and the Mexican border, San Diego is a surprisingly design-forward town with a handful of modern masterpieces to prove it.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.04.10

  15. Suddenly Shanghai
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    Suddenly Shanghai

    The developer of Three on the Bund gallery gives us a behind-the-scenes tour of the creative side of Shanghai.

    written by: Ron Gluckman
    photos by: Andrew Rowat
    01.22.09

  16. The Bangkok Beat
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    The Bangkok Beat

    Mason Florence, ex-rodeo rider, photo gallery director, and publisher of Bangkok 101, steers us through Thailand’s “Venice of the East.”

    written by: Ron Gluckman
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.21.09

  17. The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined
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    The New Underground: Subway Stations Reimagined

    In a campaign pledge last week that resembles a high school candidate’s promise to give out free pop during lunchtime, Paris mayoral candidate Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, of the center-right UMP...

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.11.14

  18. Weekend Detour: Beacon, New York
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    Weekend Detour: Beacon, New York

    Located in the sleepy hamlet of Beacon, New York, Dia:Beacon attracts international visitors to its cutting edge design center and surrounding attractions. Residing on the site of a former...

    written by: Laura Feinstein
    10.27.12

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