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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Not Just Another Plant in the Wall
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    Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

    “Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    01.01.09

  5. 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

  6. 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

  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. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. A Modern Treehouse in Belgium
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    A Modern Treehouse in Belgium

    Design firm Baumraum’s modern tree house in Belgium sparks a dialogue about nature and architecture.

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.04.13

  16. 5 Cool Modern Backyards
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    5 Cool Modern Backyards

    Clean, modern design need not end at your front door. As these five backyards show, a single bold move—geometric pavers, a sculptural firepit, a water feature, or even a concrete slide—can make the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    06.05.13

  17. 6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love
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    6 City Rooftop Gardens We Love

    In cities around the world, rooftop gardens have become a popular way to make use of the limited real estate that’s available in environments defined by industrial buildings.

    written by: Emma Marsano
    06.17.13

  18. 3 Options for Outdoor Lighting
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    3 Options for Outdoor Lighting

    As summer nights swing into high gear, this outdoor lighting will keep your evenings bright.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.02.13

  19. 7 Tiny Backyard Retreats
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    7 Tiny Backyard Retreats

    From a nature writer’s off-the-grid Puget Sound getaway to a Texan’s shipping container guesthouse, these retreats may inspire you to make that backyard retreat you’ve been dreaming of a reality.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.27.13

  20. 6 Rooftop Hangouts
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    6 Rooftop Hangouts

    With forethought and engineering, a rooftop can be a very valuable bit of real estate. Here are six cool roofs that not only work overhead, but underfoot.

    written by: Erika Heet
    08.29.13

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