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  1. A Proper Primer on Modernism
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    A Proper Primer on Modernism

    The historicization of modern architecture is quick to lionize Mies, Gropius, Wright and others, but too often treats them as though they existed in a vacuum, a far-sighted brotherhood whose sole...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.28.09

  2. In Memoriam: Lawrence Halprin
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    In Memoriam: Lawrence Halprin

    I was very sad to learn that the design world lost a giant in the field yesterday when landscape architect Lawrence Halprin passed away at age 93. He worked all over the country, but it could be...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.26.09

  3. Architect Barbara Bestor
    Three Buildings

    Architect Barbara Bestor

    The latest in our Three Buildings series is an architect we've admired for some time: Barbara Bestor. Keep an eye out for a Bestor–designed house in the My House section of our February 2010...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.23.09

  4. Preservation Recommended
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    Preservation Recommended

    With the preservation of mid-century buildings already a touchy subject—–many people are still unwilling to see the value in preserving “modern” architecture—–we...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.09

  5. Shulman Print to Support VDL

    Shulman Print to Support VDL

    Last week I went to visit Richard Neutra's 1938 Schiff house to hear his son Raymond talk about his career. I had lunch with Raymond last year, shortly before photographer Julius Shulman died, and...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.16.10

  6. Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project
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    Lawrence Halprin Oral History Project

    As a San Franciscan I'm very fortunate to live every day with the work of landscape architecture pioneer Lawrence Halprin, who passed away last October. Yesterday I was descending the towering,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.17.10

  7. IM Pei: Building China Modern
    Travel Reports

    IM Pei: Building China Modern

    For those of you, like me, who missed out on Wednesday's broadcast premiere of the wonderful IM Pei: Building China Modern, you'll be pleased to learn that you can watch the hour-long...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.02.10

  8. Glass House Conversations
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    Glass House Conversations

    Philip Johnson and David Whitney used to invite great minds from the architecture, design, and art worlds to the Johnson-designed Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, for evenings of discussion...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.20.10

  9. Manchester Modernist Society
    House Tours

    Manchester Modernist Society

    I was out walking with some friends this weekend and trying very hard to think of the name of a certain mid-century Manchester, England, architect and utterly failing. We were talking about...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    07.27.10

  10. This Way, Gentlemen
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    This Way, Gentlemen

    A killer bachelor pad in Hollywood, the manliest chair of the 20th century, and expert advice from a king of interiors: This is our guide to the best in masculine design. Men, you now have no...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    06.30.12

  11. Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland
    My House

    Modern Victorian House Preservation in Oakland

    Mike McDonald, an Oakland, California–based builder, faced a common problem for Bay Area homeowners: an aesthetically pleasing, historically significant, but structurally shaky Victorian.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Jason Madara
    01.15.09

  12. Prefab Jazz
    Superstructure

    Prefab Jazz

    Jazz has a history of being recorded in intimate spaces. And I don't mean the small after-hours clubs or closet-cum-studios plenty of the greats suffered through. Take legendary Blue Note...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    09.23.11

  13. Melbourne, Australia: Day Five
    Travel Reports

    Melbourne, Australia: Day Five

    My last full day in Melbourne, Australia, was one to which I’d been looking forward—not because I was happy to leave the Vegemite and ceaseless “How are you goings?” behind,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    10.15.09

  14. Neutra's Overway-Schiff House
    Travel Reports

    Neutra's Overway-Schiff House

    Ensconced in the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco, the Schiff house was completed by Richard Neutra in 1938 for a pair of Berliners who wanted to move down the hill from Lombard Street. The...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.11.10

  15. Glazed Old Fashioned
    House Tours

    Glazed Old Fashioned

    On a shady street just off the main drag of Melbourne, Australia’s hippest inner suburb, a pair of creative types and their two kids have made a bright, cheery home by renovating an 1860s...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Stephen Oxenbury
    07.22.10

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