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  1. Coop Dreams
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    Coop Dreams

    Switching coasts from Brooklyn to Portland gave architects Mitchell Snyder and Shelley Martin a new set of unexpected clients: three young hens.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark
    10.18.10

  2. Powell St. Parklet
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    Powell St. Parklet

    San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.14.11

  3. An Introduction to Modern Playscapes
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    An Introduction to Modern Playscapes

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.11.11

  4. Cool Chicken House
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    Cool Chicken House

    Who doesn't love a chicken run? This cool coop is by David Rosen, an Associate Producer at CBS News in New York. His goal, in addition to sheltering four egg-laying hens, was to design a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.23.10

  5. On the Fence
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    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  6. Master Stroke
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    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  7. 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

  8. Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had
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    Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had

    Street furniture already catches the eye of denizens eyeing a resting spot, but in select cities it also has people marveling at their good looks. Designers from all over the world are adding...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    02.04.12

  9. Growing Home New Orleans
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    Growing Home New Orleans

    Five years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans still houses to up to 70,000 vacant lots. Two years ago, however, the city put a plan into place to help residents revive their neighborhoods. The...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.19.10

  10. 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

  11. 7 Tremendous Tree Houses
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    7 Tremendous Tree Houses

    Symbolic of both blissful childhood and the threshold between humanity and nature, tree houses hold a unique position in the world of modern architecture and design. We take a look at some of the...

    written by: Jordan Plaut
    07.12.12

  12. How to Build a Natural Playscape
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    How to Build a Natural Playscape

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.26.11

  13. Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin
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    Charming Weekend Cottage Renovation in Marin

    A Bay Area landscape designer works her yard like a jigsaw puzzle, packing a bevy of distinctive destinations into a steep and diminutive plot.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.23.13

  14. Branching Out
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    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  15. Structured Play
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    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

  16. Stoked to Soak
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    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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  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

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