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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin
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    Estonian Designer’s Tiny Geometric Cabin

    Designer-inventor Jaanus Orgusaar’s modular, hexagonal housing concept creates space in geometric patterns.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    02.26.14

  5. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
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    Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

    In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dustin Cohen
    03.24.14

  6. Not So Simple Green
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    Not So Simple Green

    Suzanne Shelton’s life work is making sustainable lifestyles attractive and accessible. She’s the CEO of the Shelton Group, a marketing company she founded in 1991 that works...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.03.10

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

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