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  1. An Introduction to Renting
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    An Introduction to Renting

    The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here’s how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    11.16.11

  2. 101 Renting
    Design 101

    101 Renting

    The American Dream, some say, is all about owning a home. Here's how you can live the dream without the picket fence or the mortgage.

    written by: Heather Wagner
    11.16.11

  3. Fire in the Home 101
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    Fire in the Home 101

    Taming fire was humankind’s first and most critical step toward its mastery of the material world. About 400,000 years ago, our ancestors learned to harness the flame, setting us on the...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  4. Lighting
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    Lighting

    Lisa Heschong, a California architect with the Heschong Mahone Group, which specializes in research on building performance, doesn’t think much of firelight: “The use of fire for...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  5. Cooking
    Design 101

    Cooking

    Ian Tattersall, curator emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, says that some anthropologists believe that we tamed fire before we were even human. “When the first prehumans...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  6. Edit Your Life
    Design 101

    Edit Your Life

    Good Small Spaces start with Good Small Occupants. Now, it could be that you’re one of the few who are hardwired to live compactly. But the rest of us need to sharpen our metaphorical red...

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  7. Think Volume
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    Think Volume

    Creatively separating your functional needs is a key component of Good Small Design—it’s all about overlap, nesting, and double duty.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  8. Think Outside the Box
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    Think Outside the Box

    The final step in the creation of a Good Small Space involves its connection to the 2.5 zillion square feet that exist outside your 900.1

    written by: Dan Maginn
    11.17.12

  9. Fuseproject
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    Fuseproject

    In the San Francisco offices of Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, the work environment 
suits the work.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.28.09

  10. 101 Office
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    101 Office

    Buried in TPS reports? Somebody take your red stapler? Don't let The Man get you down--our inclusive review of office environments and accessories will have you whistling while you work.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    02.18.09

  11. Marimekko Tour
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    Marimekko Tour

    Beyond a shining white foyer and a canteen infused with fragrant lunchtime aromas, Marimekko’s Helsinki headquarters hides a textile factory in its belly.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    01.31.09

  12. Exploring the Solar Systems
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    Exploring the Solar Systems

    For the past 30 years, we’ve been teased with the promise of plentiful solar energy. But for most of us, nerdy solar calculators and watches are as close as we get to realizing this promise....

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  13. Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside
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    Face Off: Looking Good on the Outside

    The husband-and-wife architecture team Halpert & Ruiz know that if a house’s face 
is pretty from the outside and views are good from within, as a landlord you will have an easier time...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    02.26.09

  14. The Ungreening of America
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    The Ungreening of America

    We asked Charles Birnbaum to point us to five unique landscapes that we can still take a peek at. He explains: “I’ve chosen places that are either at risk or lesser known. They don’t resemble...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  15. 101 Alternative Energy: Sunny Delight
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    101 Alternative Energy: Sunny Delight

    Sunlight transportation systems are the pinnacle of innovation in energy-efficient design.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.29.09

  16. The People's Park
    Design 101

    The People's Park

    An amorphous profession, landscape architecture embraces everything from civic plazas, highways, and landfill reclamations to the front lawn. Here we profile two practitioners, Walter Hood and...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.27.09

  17. Clifford Avenue Homes
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    Clifford Avenue Homes

    The cost for solar systems is not only related to how elaborate the system is—it also depends on where you live.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.02.09

  18. Co-op
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    Co-op

    “It is really different from anything else,” explains David Burcher, who bought a co-op apartment in Manhattan with his partner, Greg Broan, almost a decade ago.

    written by: James Nestor
    01.27.09

  19. Words You Should Know
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    Words You Should Know

    Charrette: An intense period of design activity in which a group collaborates to work out a solution to a specific design problem. It’s like a workshop, but sounds either more important or...

    written by: James Nestor
    08.12.09

  20. A Stable Office Environment
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    A Stable Office Environment

    Giorgio Baravalle originally had a true home office—a space inside his house in Millbrook, New York, that was meant to be a private place to work, but instead served as a traffic circle in...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.01.09

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