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  1. Where the Sidewalk Ends
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    Where the Sidewalk Ends

    After taking on San Francisco City Hall, architect Jane Martin helped spawn a movement that has rendered the city’s sidewalks more hospitable to birds, bees, butterflies—and even to...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    06.22.09

  2. Fawning Over Flora
    Outdoor

    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  3. Terrariums by Botany Factory
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    Terrariums by Botany Factory

    Browsing through the San Francisco shop General Store recently, I noticed some highly covetable, bulbous glass globes filled with tiny succulents: terrariums by the local designer Katie Goldman...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.19.10

  4. Good Clean Fun
    Outdoor

    Good Clean Fun

    Far from pandering to the whine of youth, this urban play garden fosters thoughtful interaction in a protected setting within the bustle of San Francisco.

    written by: Jordan Kushins
    photos by: Marion Brenner
    07.07.11

  5. An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland
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    An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

    Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.13.13

  6. Supplant Your Lawn
    A Great Idea

    Supplant Your Lawn

    It’s both water-wise and 
wallet-wise to consider alternatives to a grassy lawn. As 
more homeowners reach this conclusion, inventive designers are finding new ways to achieve beautiful,...

    written by: Amber Bravo
    02.21.10

  7. Pooling Around
    Outdoor

    Pooling Around

    We take a look at 10 of our favorite swimming pools and pool houses from over the years. Whether for recreation, exercise, or simply to beat the heat, these pools (and in some cases their...

    02.01.13

  8. A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
    My House

    A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey

    A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    12.20.12

  9. Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation
    Outdoor

    Zaha Hadid's Milan Installation

    As part of last month's Milan Design Week, Zaha Hadid Architects teamed with LEA Ceramiche to create "Twirl," a mesmerizing installation in the 18th-century courtyard of the State...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    05.10.11

  10. Come Sail Away
    My House

    Come Sail Away

    On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget.

    written by: Lisa Skolnik
    05.16.11

  11. A Modern Concrete Home in Peru
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    A Modern Concrete Home in Peru

    Behind a traditional colonial in Lima, an angular house attuned to its site takes shape.

    written by: Sarah Amelar
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    04.19.13

  12. Creative Re-Use in Oakland
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    Creative Re-Use in Oakland

    Stephen Shoup is the kind of person to see potential in things that others might miss. In 2005, looking for a property that would house himself and his design/build firm, building Lab inc., he...

    02.28.11

  13. NYAIA Recognizes 6 Creative New York Architecture and Design Studios
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    NYAIA Recognizes 6 Creative New York Architecture and Design Studios

    The New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects has announced the six winners of its biennial New Practices New York competition, which singles out promising and pioneering city-based...

    written by: William Lamb
    02.04.14

  14. 7 Outdoor Design Ideas
    Outdoor

    7 Outdoor Design Ideas

    For some, the Great Outdoors might mean rugged mountains, untrammeled forests, or wide-open plains. The residents of these seven homes managed to carve out their own great outdoor retreats—a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.12

  15. Dwell's Coolest Modern Backyards
    Outdoor

    Dwell's Coolest Modern Backyards

    Dwell spotlights the coolest modern backyards from the pages of our magazine.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    08.26.13

  16. MOS Throws an "Afterparty"
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    MOS Throws an "Afterparty"

    The winner of the 2009 MoMA/P.S.1 Young Architects Program has opened in the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center courtyard in Long Island City. The winning entry, afterparty by MOS, is a provocative...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    07.09.09

  17. The Lawn Goodbye
    Outdoor

    The Lawn Goodbye

    We sunbathe, picnic, and play sports on them. Our bare feet seem inexorably drawn to them. And for many of us, they’re the first thing we see when we step out the front door: lawns. It&rsquo...

    written by: Arnie Cooper
    photos by: Fritz Haeg
    02.26.09

  18. 8 Backyards We Love
    Outdoor

    8 Backyards We Love

    Offering places to garden, play, recline, and contemplate the view, backyards have the power to redefine the homes with which they share a site.

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    04.28.14

  19. Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian
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    Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian's Kogod Courtyard, built in 2007 as a modern complement to the nineteenth-century museum's Greek Revival–style architecture, is an oasis in downtown Washington, DC.

    written by: Rachael Grad
    06.13.09

  20. Playgrounds Worth A Trip
    Outdoor

    Playgrounds Worth A Trip

    In honor of our family themed July/August issue, we've invited guest writer Paige Johnson, who spearheads the blog Playscapes, to share her perspective on some of the most innovative contemporary...

    written by: Paige Johnson
    07.18.11

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