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9 Neutral Bedrooms

These bedrooms mix and match light, calming shades.
June 15, 2015
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A Professor Takes His Students Around the World to Build Modern Spiritual Monuments

A Washington, D.C.-based architecture professor takes his students to remote outposts to create modern structures steeped in history and myth.
June 13, 2015
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Can Neglected Urban Waterways Like the Los Angeles River Become Thriving Greenways?

With new natural features and recreation opportunities, rivers in city centers across America are getting a chance to shine again.
June 13, 2015
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Landscape Architect Kevin Shanley Wants to Reconnect Cities with Their Waterways

More than a half-century ago, Houston's flood-prone Buffalo Bayou was unceremoniously turned into a straight sluice to carry excess water to the Gulf of Mexico. In 2012, the city embarked on a $58 million plan to restore the river’s natural bends and build new wetlands and parks, transforming this onetime eyesore into an urban amenity. Much of the credit for its success goes to Kevin Shanley, a landscape architect and principal at SWA Group, based in the firm’s Houston office. We asked Shanley, who specializes in urban river projects, about the rebirth of the Buffalo Bayou and the benefits of restoring natural habitats to urban waterways.
June 12, 2015
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10 Ways to Design with Ikea Furniture

The Swedish retailer celebrates 30 years in the U.S. today. We've gathered 10 examples of Ikea beds, cabinets, and tables in modern interiors.
June 12, 2015
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7 Ways to Design with Warren Platner Chairs

The prolific midcentury architect and designer brought us many treasures, the most iconic among them his wire chairs and tables for Knoll, designed in 1966. To follow are 7 modern rooms that incorporate the look in high style.
June 12, 2015
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8 Green Beach Getaways

These homes take advantage of their sunny, breezy locations and incorporate a multitude of green living strategies.
June 11, 2015

Flip Through This New Book on a Leading London Graphic Design Studio

Published this month by Unit Editions, an independent press specializing in visual culture, "Spin: 360º" features projects from over 20 years of work by London-based studio Spin. Here are a few highlights from the impressive 520-page tome made for graphics lovers.
June 11, 2015
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8 Inspiring Green Spaces from Our Outdoor Issue

Our June 2015 issue, on newsstands now, features modern homes that use smart design features—green roofs, ample sliding doors, interior courtyards, and much more—to connect with the outdoors.
June 11, 2015
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