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Black, Red, and Green All Over

A dramatic house in Australia drew its architectural inspiration from Mies van der Rohe but got its color from fresh tomato sauce.
April 30, 2009
When it comes to island retreats, Minnesotans Bruce Golob and Jean Freeman prefer Madeline to Martha.

Off the Beaten Path

A dramatic departure from your typical cabin on the lake, this unique retreat adds shades of black to a tiny island awash with local color.
April 30, 2009
The nearby volcano may erupt again some day, but this couple is happy to enjoy their Hawaiian home one day at a time.

Go With the Flow

Along the ever-expanding coastline of Hawaii’s Big Island, an architect and his family exchange fast-paced city life for a different kind of flow—the geological kind.
April 28, 2009
The ocean view from this Australian hilltop house is breathtaking, and so is the hike required to see it.

Inclined to Relax

Hidden on a hill overlooking Australia’s Pittwater Bay, Rob Brown’s design for the James-Robertson house happily opens itself (and its occupants) to all that Mother Nature can dish out.
April 28, 2009
In a Cinderella story of urban regeneration in industrial Germany, architects Rem Koolhaas and Norman Foster are the fairy godmothers.

Industrial Evolution

A Norman Foster master plan has transformed a decaying German industrial port into a vibrant neighborhood. It’s not about a single dramatic image, but what Foster calls “incremental change” using plenty of “urban glue.”
April 21, 2009
Berkeley, California, has long been home to forward-thinking, ecologically minded activists, and with Leger Wanaselja Architecture leading the way, even the buildings are catching up.

Sign of the Times

Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.
April 21, 2009
If you've long loathed your leaky faucet, this is your chance to gracefully drop the drip. Professor Donald Norman offers his expert opinion on what makes a spectacular tap.

Don Norman Reviews 7 Modern Faucets

Far from fickle, faucets function best when they’re running hot and cold. These modern fixtures prove their mettle by making it oh-so-easy to go with the flow.
April 18, 2009
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Bulthaup's B2 Kitchen System

With its updated version of the old walk-in hearth, Bulthaup deconstructs the kitchen into a freestanding system fit for a modern ascetic.
April 16, 2009
Growing up in postwar Germany, Werner Sobek learned a resource-conscious approach to architecture, but his "radically engineered" buildings owe less to the hard lessons of the 20th century than to the technological possibilities of the 21st.

Werner Sobek

Werner Sobek has seen the future, and it’s high-tech, green, and efficient. The architect, engineer, and teacher’s wandering intellect and belief in the power of design have left their marks across disciplines and continents.
April 14, 2009