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  1. Long Division
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    Long Division

    The dark, primeval mountains and jagged ravines of New Zealand are free of rampaging Orcs, but Middle-earth, 2007, has another nuisance on the loose. It is the load-bearing truck, carrying a quaint...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    01.25.09

  2. Houston, We've Solved a Problem
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    Houston, We've Solved a Problem

    A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.25.09

  3. Courtyard of Appeal
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    Courtyard of Appeal

    Like so many L.A. stories, the tale of the Courtyard House begins with a lucky break. One day in 2001, Thomas Robertson got a call from a friend he hadn’t seen in ages. The friend told him that his...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Maria Aufmuth
    01.25.09

  4. Green Beret
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    Green Beret

    Were “EcoHat” to come up in passing,you would most likely think of something chunky, organic, and woolen–—perhaps a beanie with earflaps to keep you toasty while chained to a logger’s truck. But in...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    01.25.09

  5. Solid Gold
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    Solid Gold

    When it comes to material originality, this former tavern in Chicago’s trendy Bucktown neighborhood pulls out all the stops. Case in point? Colorful pieces of broken LPs are visible in the...

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.23.09

  6. Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City
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    Affordable, SIP-Built Family Home in Kansas City

    Architect Jamie Darnell had a simple plan for his family’s home in Kansas City, Missouri, but the result is anything but plain.

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Chad Holder
    01.22.09

  7. Lone Star
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    Lone Star

    Rural Texas commonly conjures visions of Stetsons, spurs, and longhorn steer, but the countryside contains more than just cowboys. On a wide stretch of farmland, the Farley Studio brings modern...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.22.09

  8. Magic Mountain
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    Magic Mountain

    Architect Ko Wibowo designed a house of prodigious proportions beneath the hulking rise of Mount Ranier.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: John Clark
    01.22.09

  9. Vertical Challenge
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    Vertical Challenge

    In the lofty Amsterdam apartment of Texas-born Hunter Hindman and Shelby Carr, mid-century modern mixes freely with contemporary Dutch design in a setting transposed from the 17th century.

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Rene Mesman
    01.22.09

  10. Taylor Made
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    Taylor Made

    Architect Piers Taylor's renovation of an old gameskeeper's cottage, complete with a castellated roof and sweeping meadow below, is an exercise in dramatic modernization, one that takes advantage...

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    photos by: Ben Anders
    01.22.09

  11. Straw Tech
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    Straw Tech

    When Anders Stokholm asked his old friend Felix Jerusalem to design his family’s new home in Eschenz, a northern Swiss village on the Rhine River and Untersee Lake, the client and architect agreed...

    written by: Emily Gertz
    01.22.09

  12. London Cooling
    Green

    London Cooling

    The Lighthouse, by British architects Sheppard Robson, seeks to redefine the future of residential energy by plugging into the sky itself.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    01.22.09

  13. A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home
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    A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home

    Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Andrea Lhotakova
    01.21.09

  14. Aluminum Clad Residential Units in San Francisco
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    Aluminum Clad Residential Units in San Francisco

    It may not be to Queen Anne's tastes, but 1234 Howard is true to its context.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Dwight Eschliman
    01.21.09

  15. The Green Lagoon
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    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman
    01.21.09

  16. Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles
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    Ray Kappe-Designed Multilevel House in Los Angeles

    Los Angeles architect Ray Kappe built a multilevel house for his family back in 1967, and the results still resonate today.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: João Canziani
    01.21.09

  17. Retail Therapy
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    Retail Therapy

    In the great American quest for more stuff, big-box stores are nirvana, laden with cheaply priced items by the ton, from diamond earrings to toilet paper. So isn’t it a good thing that many...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    01.21.09

  18. Double the Pleasure
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    Double the Pleasure

    These twin sun-drenched San Diego abodes prove that two decks are better than one.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Bryce Duffy
    01.21.09

  19. Lava Flow 4, The Big Island
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    Lava Flow 4, The Big Island

    Set into the dense tropical foliage of Hawaii’s wildest coast is a house that goes with the flow by welcoming the breeze.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Linny Morris
    01.20.09

  20. Sustainability in Stages
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    Sustainability in Stages

    "Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other. ...

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.20.09

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