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  1. Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)
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    Diamond in the Rough (and Ready)

    Architect Ken Meffan's ten-years-in-the-making home is in the tiny Northern California town of Rough and Ready—a term that might as aptly refer to the house itself.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Todd Hido
    09.21.09

  2. Living Room
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    Living Room

    When Im and David Schafer moved in together they faced the challenge of combining the contents of David’s 880-square-foot loft and Im’s 550-square-foot apartment into a one-room, 426...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    01.16.09

  3. Domestic Democracy
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    Domestic Democracy

    In a code-happy L.A. suburb, how do you break the mold without breaking the law? Architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt steer clear of anarchy with a little democratic design.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    06.15.09

  4. This Place Matters
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    This Place Matters

    May is National Preservation Month at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and to celebrate, they've rolled out a new online project called "This Place Matters." The idea is to...

    written by: David A. Greene
    04.18.09

  5. Designing Detroit
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    Designing Detroit

    If the Great Recession has an unofficial mascot, it's Detroit. Even though the once-mighty Motown has been in a slow-motion death-spin since the days of the K-car, the city's abandoned factories...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.18.09

  6. Sea Ranch in the Suburbs
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    Sea Ranch in the Suburbs

    Whether you consider it democracy at work or architectural sacrilege, the online retailer houseplans.com has begun selling blueprints for homes in The Sea Ranch, the legendary planned community...

    written by: David A. Greene
    04.03.09

  7. Method Lab
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    Method Lab

    Designer Jennifer Siegal’s own house is a modest 1920s Spanish bungalow on the leeward side of busy Lincoln Boulevard in Venice, California, that looks nothing like what she makes at her day job. A...

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    01.15.09

  8. Living Las Vegas
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    Living Las Vegas

    They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but once you leave, you may have trouble banishing Sin City from your mind.

    written by: David A. Greene
    photos by: Roy Zipstein
    02.26.09

  9. 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

  10. Last Chance for Lautner
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    Last Chance for Lautner

    Though academics have dubbed him "an architect's architect," my humble opinion is that John Lautner is an architect who can be appreciated by regular people. What's not to get about...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.04.08

  11. Look to the Lustron
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    Look to the Lustron

    As MoMA's “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” comes to a close (on Oct. 20), let's give props to the ugly duckling of the prefab bunch, the Lustron House.

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.12.08

  12. The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann
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    The Latest from Michelle Kaufmann

    Michelle Kaufmann's new mkHearth is a semi-prefab house that evokes old-timey barns and vacation-destination chalets. Like all of Kaufmann's celebrity-architect-branded housing products, the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.24.08

  13. Greene & Greene Anniversary
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    Greene & Greene Anniversary

    The year 2008 marks the 100th birthday of the Gamble House in Pasadena, CA, the most famous residential work by architects Charles and Henry Greene. (No relation.) But in these precarious financial...

    written by: David A. Greene
    10.30.08

  14. Modern History on the Block
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    Modern History on the Block

    Make of it what you will: Welton Becket's "House of Tomorrow" is in foreclosure.

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.03.08

  15. Lifecycle Building Challenge
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    Lifecycle Building Challenge

    In economic downturns of yore, "reduce, reuse, and recycle" was less a mantra of environmental do-gooders than a financial survival strategy. Which is where the second annual Lifecycle...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.16.08

  16. L.A.'s Newest High School
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    L.A.'s Newest High School

    I was serving on jury duty a few months ago, gazing out the window during an interminable discussion about the definition of "vehicle tampering," when I noticed something new on the...

    written by: David A. Greene
    11.23.08

  17. D.J. Morphosis
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    D.J. Morphosis

    What does a Pritzker Prize–winning architect have on his iPod? Thanks to Santa Monica, California, public radio station KCRW, we now know that Thom Mayne of Morphosis likes to listen to Dr....

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.14.08

  18. A Case Study Case Study
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    A Case Study Case Study

    Meltdown, shmeltdown: If you've got a spare $14 million, you can have a genuine Case Study house, a Pacific Ocean view—and a 1990s mansion to boot.

    written by: David A. Greene
    12.17.08

  19. On the Ground in New Orleans
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    On the Ground in New Orleans

    In keeping with today's impromptu New Orleans theme, Luke Weldon Perry's blog, The Incremental House, is featuring a photo-travelogue of the architect's recent trip through New Orleans (via Bolivia...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.09.09

  20. Religious Landmarks of L.A.
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    Religious Landmarks of L.A.

    As a young city built on the ruins of a Spanish mission, Los Angeles has never had much of an architectural "cathedral culture." But L.A. has always been a magnet for religious free...

    written by: David A. Greene
    02.24.09

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