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  1. Manhattan
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    Manhattan

    Like many white people of a certain age, I first visited Harlem by mistake. I took the wrong subway and barely got out of the station: First one guy, then another, tried to shove me down the...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  2. Bronx
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    Bronx

    Two hours later, revivified by a pair of conga players’ exuberant performance on the 2 train, I hustle out at the corner of Third Avenue and East 149th in the South Bronx, once an...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Jake Stangel
    02.14.11

  3. Fine Finnish: Entrance
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    Fine Finnish: Entrance

    When Susanna entered her future home for the first time, it appeared cramped and uninviting. Her first step in adding a sense of spaciousness and clarity was to paint all the surfaces—&ndash...

    01.02.09

  4. Fine Finnish: Kitchen
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    Fine Finnish: Kitchen

    In the kitchen, Susanna and Jussi tore down the ceiling and wall cabinets with the help of Jussi’s father, a skilled craftsman. “Behind the cabinets we found lovely little nooks that...

    03.07.11

  5. Fine Finnish: Living/Dining Room
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    Fine Finnish: Living/Dining Room

    The focal point of the living/dining room is an oak table from Ikea. “We like to draw, read newspapers, sew, and invite friends over, so a generous table suits our lifestyle.” No couch?...

    03.07.11

  6. Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom
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    Fine Finnish: Master Bedroom

    Despite its serene appearance, the master bedroom is an active, multifunctional space. The family sits together on the bed to read and watch cartoons: Tove Jansson’s Moomin, about trolls who...

    03.07.11

  7. Bridging Old & New in Indonesia
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    Bridging Old & New in Indonesia

    The specter of one's grown child moving back home doesn't excite all parents, but in Surakarta, in the Central Java Province of Indonesia, one couple took the homecoming as an opportunity to double...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    03.29.11

  8. Hollywood Renovation: Week 10
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    Hollywood Renovation: Week 10

    Now that winter is long gone, weʼre looking forward to spending more time outdoors in our front garden—which doubles as an outdoor room. To make it more inviting, weʼve decided to replace the...

    written by: Linda Taalman
    04.21.11

  9. Building the Maxon House: Week 9
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 9

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom Kundig of...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    04.28.11

  10. Building the Maxon House: Week 15
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 15

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house with Tom...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    06.08.11

  11. Easter Island's Visitor's Center
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    Easter Island's Visitor's Center

    You can't get much farther away than Easter Island, a volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian triangle. I hope to go one day; and if/when I do, I'll be...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.12.11

  12. Guesthouse in Præstø, Denmark
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    Guesthouse in Præstø, Denmark

    In Præstø, on the Danish island of Zealand, a guesthouse infuses the regional vernacular with Japanese influence.

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.13.11

  13. Building the Maxon House: Week 19
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 19

    One of the cool side effects of hiring a fantastic architecture firm is you get the expertise of not only the architect and project manager but the collective wisdom of the entire group. Olson...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    07.13.11

  14. Modern Meets Historic in Denmark
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    Modern Meets Historic in Denmark

    This conference center, designed by the Amsterdam-based firm SeARCH, is an extension of a 14th-century Danish farm and building. Designed for Novo Nordisk a/s, the biggest insulin producer in the...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    07.25.11

  15. Building the Maxon House: Week 22
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 22

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    08.03.11

  16. Famous Homes on the Market
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    Famous Homes on the Market

    Ever since the Georgian mansion from Home Alone went on the market in May, we've wondered about the other iconic houses for sale. We’ve gathered a short list of notable nests with a modern...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    08.10.11

  17. Building the Maxon House: Week 23
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 23

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    08.10.11

  18. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 1
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    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 1

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 1:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    09.14.11

  19. Building the Maxon House: Week 24
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    Building the Maxon House: Week 24

    In our latest Backstory series, Seattleite Lou Maxon recounts the thrills and trials of ditching the suburbs, buying property, and designing and building a modern house...

    written by: Lou Maxon
    08.17.11

  20. lamesadevenn: Part One
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    lamesadevenn: Part One

    In this series, trace the story of lamesadevenn, a green live/work space in Santa Fe, New Mexico, created for two community groups, La Mesita and La Resolana. Rather than simply becoming a building...

    written by: Seth Biderman
    08.22.11

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