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  1. Sunday Styles
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    Sunday Styles

    The cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues of the Old World still occupy the most hallowed ground of ecclesiastical architecture, but a rather unorthodox American sect can lay claim to the best in...

    written by: Drew Himmelstein
    11.04.09

  2. The Good Earth
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    The Good Earth

    As the war-torn city of Kabul, Afghanistan, is transformed into a maze of blast walls, military checkpoints, and foreign bases, how might security architecture be changed to foster psychological...

    written by: Charles Montgomery
    03.11.10

  3. Western Promises
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    Western Promises

    William McDonough + Partners’ design for a small village in northeastern China was meant to stand as a model for sustainable development. Instead, it proves that the pursuit of better design...

    written by: Timothy Lesle
    03.16.10

  4. All Roads Lead to Home
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    All Roads Lead to Home

    Davy Rothbart is the editor of Found magazine, a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life, and author of the story collection The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas. His...

    written by: Davy Rothbart
    03.27.10

  5. Learnings from Nantucket
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    Learnings from Nantucket

    I am looking at my favorite photograph of my summer house in Nantucket. It is not a particularly pretty picture. It was taken on a cloudy and gray day. You cannot see the beach, or the moors, or...

    written by: Anne Trubek
    photos by: Anne Trubek
    03.31.10

  6. Surrogate Cities
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    Surrogate Cities

    So this is what city life boils down to: flat roofs, right angles, and steel-mesh awnings for industrial spice.  

    written by: John King
    04.01.10

  7. When We Talk About Good Design
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    When We Talk About Good Design

    Many architects and designers, when talked down from the theoretical towers of “sculptural forms” and “floating volumes” and made to speak of their craft in humbler terms,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.05.10

  8. Stuck Inside of Somerville
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    Stuck Inside of Somerville

    In the late winter of 2003, I watched out my window as a fuel truck idled below, belching black smoke. A hose, snaking through the frozen grass, stretched from the back of the truck to the side of...

    written by: Pagan Kennedy
    04.08.10

  9. Girl Talk
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    Girl Talk

    The world’s most popular doll, dressed in architect’s garb: friend or foe to a profession already suffering from a pronounced gender gap?

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    06.27.12

  10. The Design Week Movement
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    The Design Week Movement

    If a movement can be defined as a moment when people across time zones and borders act simultaneously on the same idea, then the design week movement is verifiable. In the last three years, design...

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    10.13.12

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