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So you have a deadbeat tenant: Here’s how you get rid of ’em.
November 16, 2011

Sound Advice

Successful restaurants offer the holy trinity of good food, good service, and good ambience. Design can influence all three, but botch the ambience, and you’ll be forever fighting a battle against your own eatery. Perhaps the most common folly is poor acoustics. Conversations drowned out by the general din can ruin even the most handsomely appointed restaurant.
July 19, 2011
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Pest Practices

For decades home gardeners have turned to an arsenal of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers to keep their lawns, ornamentals, and veggies looking perfect. Unfortunately, this type of garden control has a dangerous impact on the ecosystem.
March 15, 2011
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A Poor Fit

Even high-design dressing rooms, rare as they are, rarely function or inspire as the shop floor can. That may be changing, though.
November 6, 2010
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Ill Communication

The Joneses went for a splashy starchitect to design their new home. Then things took a turn for the worse.
October 12, 2010
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Dim Some, Lose Some

Waste extends far beyond what winds up in the landfill. The International Dark-Sky Association leads the charge against light pollution.
August 26, 2010
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Car Park

In theory, you can build a fine urban park atop an underground parking garage. Stroll through the gardens of Chicago’s Millennium Park, and you forget you’re walking above a cavern for 2,200 cars. But too often, such parks are treated as an afterthought and end up as a fancy roof for a garage. Once car access takes precedence over pedestrian access, you know a park is doomed to failure.
June 9, 2010
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Missing the Mark

Landscape design is a matter of personal taste, but there are some approaches that almost any designer would recommend against.
May 26, 2009
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Airport Design Gone Wrong

The challenge for airport designers is to consider the complex function of an airport and then cap it off with some truly striking architecture. Most airports get at least some of it right. Some get all of it wrong, or fail miserably in key respects.
May 13, 2009