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  1. Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses
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    Empire State of Modern: 7 Upstate New York Houses

    Where does Upstate New York begin? Ask a New York City dweller and they are likely to tell you that "Upstate" means anything north of the Cross-Westchester Expressway. Wherever its southern...

    written by: William Lamb
    12.11.13

  2. 6 Famous Brutalist Buildings
    Design 101

    6 Famous Brutalist Buildings

    Named after its raw aesthetic, Brutalism in modern architecture features elements of strict linear design and repetitive geometric shapes. The controversial style rose to popularity in the 1950s...

    written by: Kate Santos
    12.07.13

  3. A Sustainable Brownstone Transformation in Brooklyn
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    A Sustainable Brownstone Transformation in Brooklyn

    How do you make a Brooklyn brownstone more sustainable? First, get rid of the brownstone.

    written by: Alexandra Lange
    photos by: Hai Zhang
    03.28.13

  4. Modern in the Country
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    Modern in the Country

    Eric and Melinda purchased a 10-acre plot of land in rural Yelm, Washington, with visions of a new home on the range. There would be vineyards, gardens, an orchard, bees and chickens—typical...

    written by: Sara Carpenter
    photos by: Lara Swimmer
    03.15.13

  5. Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich
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    Lenbachhaus Gallery and Museum in Munich

    All it took was a new copper-clad addition, the installation of a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, and some LED lighting to transform an elegant yet out-of-date 19th century building in...

    written by: Frances J. Folsom
    03.04.13

  6. Middle Ground
    Houses We Love

    Middle Ground

    Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Scott Palamar
    12.19.12

  7. Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home
    Houses We Love

    Abstract Trellis Cools Down Tennessee Home

    A dramatic trellis adds bravado and a passive cooling element to a recently renovated mid-century ranch house.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Anthony Matula
    09.26.12

  8. Happy Birthday, HVAC
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    Happy Birthday, HVAC

    Here's a random fact for the day: July 17, 2012, marks the 110th anniversary of the humble air conditioner. Sure, overheated and crafty peoples had invented one-off cooling devices before American...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    07.17.12

  9. Warmth
    Design 101

    Warmth

    Kiel Moe, assistant professor of architectural technology at Harvard University, specializes in architecture and energy issues. “As fuel prices fluctuate,” he says, “you’re...

    written by: Patrick Di Justo
    04.11.12

  10. Modern Green Concept House in South Korea
    Green

    Modern Green Concept House in South Korea

    The E+ Green Home, a concept house located an hour outside Seoul, not only points the way to a greener South Korea, it may well be the most sustainable house in the country.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Sergio Pirrone
    03.25.12

  11. Green Is in the Details
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    Green Is in the Details

    Carver + Schicketanz Architects’ eco-friendly renovation earned this mid-century-modern home LEED Platinum certification and proved that when it comes to building sustainably, it’s all...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    01.23.12

  12. Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
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    Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

    Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ty Cole
    12.14.11

  13. Creative Re-Use in Oakland
    House Tours

    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

  14. Vent Free Vu Thru

    Vent Free Vu Thru

    Why relegate the pleasures of a crackling firelight to just one room of the house? This framed flame from Spark Modern Fires—which burns natural gas or propane at 95 percent efficiency,...

  15. Color-Changing Roof Tiles
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    Color-Changing Roof Tiles

    Living in a temperate climate, and deciding between a dark roof and a white roof? Trying to calculate if your summertime benefit with a light roof will outweigh the potential wintertime losses? We...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    11.17.09

  16. Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon
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    Net Zero x Twenty = Solar Decathlon

    It’s the site where wars are protested, dreams declared, and millions still march, but on October 9 the National Mall in Washington, DC, will host a new revolution.

    written by: J. Michael Welton
    10.07.09

  17. Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses
    Green

    Hay Is for Horses, Straw Is for Houses

    In the Napa Valley, one sustainable residence elegantly demonstrates straw bale technology.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: JD Peterson
    09.10.09

  18. Made for the Shade
    Green

    Made for the Shade

    The rusted red corrugated-steel canopy that covers Jim Austin’s home at Rimrock Ranch is visually striking in its desert surroundings

    written by: Nate Berg
    06.17.09

  19. Steel and Magnolias
    Green

    Steel and Magnolias

    What sort of house might a man with the title “recycling coordinator” live in?

    written by: Andrew Yang
    photos by: Chad Holder
    06.14.09

  20. Nest Learning Thermostat

    Nest Learning Thermostat

    Rather than carelessly cranking up the heat, train Nest to learn your temperature preferences. The clever ther­mostat tracks usage, offering tips on how to save energy and money.

    $249.00

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