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  1. Lost and Foundation
    My House

    Lost and Foundation

    Tony and Rachel Sherman were simply trying to buy a house, but what they found instead was a foundation—a discovery that transformed them from home buyers to home builders virtually overnight.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Noah Webb
    01.15.09

  2. Building Blocks
    House Tours

    Building Blocks

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.17.09

  3. Industrial Evolution
    House Tours

    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...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Hertha Hurnaus
    04.21.09

  4. The Suburbs Strike Back
    Profiles

    The Suburbs Strike Back

    Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  5. The Placemakers
    Profiles

    The Placemakers

    "We want to position our work outside of architecture, as a clear piece of sociology and ecology."

    written by: Jane Szita
    03.01.09

  6. Dean's List
    House Tours

    Dean's List

    When Architect Qingyun Ma became dean of architecture at the University of Southern California in January 2007, he came to the job with a uniquely exciting body of built work behind him.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    02.26.09

  7. Coastal Commissions
    Profiles

    Coastal Commissions

    Taking cues from the flora, fauna, and rocky cliffs of Big Sur, California, Mickey Muennig's brand of organic architecture doesn't stop with the terrain.

    written by: Keshni Kashyap
    02.26.09

  8. Shear Talent
    Profiles

    Shear Talent

    In the small village of Spannum, in the Dutch province of Friesland, Claudy Jongstra heads a felt-design studio whose modesty in process and material belie its overwhelming commercial appeal and...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Oliver Chanarin
    02.26.09

  9. An der Alster 1
    Design 101

    An der Alster 1

    The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  10. Density Down Under
    Green

    Density Down Under

    Six weeks after moving from a “gorgeous custom house with huge gardens” in a suburb of Auckland, New Zealand, into an apartment a few minutes from the city’s central business district, Roz Mawson...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Simon Devitt
    02.02.09

  11. Steel and Magnolias
    Green

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder
    06.14.09

  12. Brooklyn Renaissance
    Profiles

    Brooklyn Renaissance

    Thanks to a group of young Brooklyn architects, an immigrant neighborhood untouched by gentrification gets low-income housing with high ideals.

    written by: Michael Cannell
    02.26.09

  13. Groundbreaking Design
    House Tours

    Groundbreaking Design

    It has been nearly half a decade, but the Dwell Home II is back! Construction began this winter in the hills outside Los Angeles, and a true model of domestic sustainability takes shape.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    04.14.09

  14. Castles Made of Sand
    Profiles

    Castles Made of Sand

    Iranian architect Nader Kahlili fashions affordable, easily assembled housing out of sandbags and concrete for a surprsingly striking result.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    04.30.09

  15. Fjord Focus
    Profiles

    Fjord Focus

    As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    05.13.09

  16. Leo Marmol on Restoration
    Interviews

    Leo Marmol on Restoration

    Which is harder? Creating a new classic or restoring an old one? Leo Marmol of Marmol Radziner discusses staying consistent with the original architect’s intent while acknowledging changing...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    07.28.09

  17. Run by the Sun
    Green

    Run by the Sun

    In Holland, being green is not a choice, it's a governmentally enforced obligation. Architects Han van Zweiten and Gregory Kiss's project makes a case for obeying the law.  

    written by: Amara Holstein
    11.09.09

  18. Brighten the Corners
    Finishing Touch

    Brighten the Corners

    When Jeff Taylor and Alex Miller designed the Pull House in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, they took “form follows function” one step further: Form describes function.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Gregory Cherin
    12.01.10

  19. HelioTrace Robotic Facade
    A Great Idea

    HelioTrace Robotic Facade

    I was intrigued by a rendering featured in the latest newsletter from SOM, which came across my desk a few weeks ago. So I wrote the firm for more information. Turns out this new invention—a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.11.11

  20. At the Printers
    Product

    At the Printers

    Brooklyn's Flavor Paper is hauling dowdy old wallpaper into the splashy 21st century, and you get to watch.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.05.11

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