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  1. Split the Difference
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    Split the Difference

    When the plan to add a second story to a century-old Montreal house crumbled due to a weak foundation, architect Marc-André Plasse eked out another 500 square feet with a clever...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Alexi Hobbs
    02.22.12

  2. Green Is in the Details
    Green

    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  3. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
    Green

    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  4. Ahead of Its Class
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    Ahead of Its Class

    “How do you make a piece of architecture about architecture?” Mack Scogin asks. “That’s a heavy-duty objective.” Nevertheless, his firm, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Ian Allen
    04.06.11

  5. 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

  6. Dwellings Redux
    My House

    Dwellings Redux

    In celebration of our tenth anniversary, we tracked down the residents of 15 of the 19 homes we featured in Dwell’s first year to find out who’s stayed put, who’s moved on, and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.07.10

  7. 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

  8. Urban Land Institute 2010 Awards
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    Urban Land Institute 2010 Awards

    From over 170 entries, 17 finalists—from Thin Flats, an eight-unit green residential infil project in Philadelphia, to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, which opened for the 2010 Olympics...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.10.10

  9. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  10. Swamp Thing
    Outdoor

    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  11. LA Tech-Habitat Home
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    LA Tech-Habitat Home

    Building for a client with specific desires can be difficult, but designing for one with few programming preferences can often be harder. Such was the case for a team of nine fifth-year students at...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.26.10

  12. Big Design in Little China
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    Big Design in Little China

    In downtown Los Angeles, nonprofit worker turned design-savvy entrepreneur Willard Ford turned the historic Kim Sing Theatre into a haven for modern furniture and design, now known as Ford&...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  13. By the Book
    Finishing Touch

    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  14. Park Street Renovation
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    Park Street Renovation

    The renovation of Katie and John Eller's Park Street Residence in the Bernal Heights neighborhood of San Francisco began with a referral from a friend: "She said, 'I want your architect and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.27.09

  15. Extended Interview: Willard Ford
    Interviews

    Extended Interview: Willard Ford

    Long gone is the era of single careers. In 2005, Willard Ford left the world of non-profits to follow his passion for furniture and design. He launched FordBrady in downtown Los Angeles with...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.22.09

  16. Buffalo Basics Founders
    Interviews

    Buffalo Basics Founders

    Buffalo, New York, regularly ranks among the top poorest cities in the United States. And with its heydays over 100 years in the past, it’s no surprise that though its people may be strong in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.19.09

  17. Dunkin' Danish
    Outdoor

    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

  18. Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel
    Interviews

    Q&A with Illustrious California Architect William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  19. Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
    Profiles

    Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond

    Of all American cities, you'd think Chicago would be at the forefront of celebrating and preserving its architecture. And while in many ways it does—the Chicago Architecture Foundation hosts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.07.09

  20. Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings
    Product Reviews

    Debra Prinzing Reviews 4 Prefab Outbuildings

    From city slickers to country bumpkins, homeowners have always longed for a special place from which to escape the toils of day-to-day life.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amanda Friedman
    02.27.09

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