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  1. Just Redo It
    House Tours

    Just Redo It

    What do you get when you give a couple of designers unlimited creative license on a very limited budget? For Andrew Dunbar and Zoee Astrakhan, the possibilities were limitless.

    written by: Zahid Sardar
    photos by: Justin Fantl
    01.24.11

  2. Denver's Energy Efficient Home
    Green

    Denver's Energy Efficient Home

    John and Paige Damiano are snow worshippers. As the Colorado and New Mexico territory manager for Burton Snowboards, John depends on winter precipitation for his business, not to mention for family...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    03.26.11

  3. A Platform for Living
    House Tours

    A Platform for Living

    Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is “an arresting concept,” photographer Dean Kaufman says, who documented the singular...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    04.06.11

  4. HelioTrace Robotic Facade
    A Great Idea

    HelioTrace Robotic Facade

    I was intrigued by a rendering featured in the latest newsletter from SOM, which came across my desk a few weeks ago. So I wrote the firm for more information. Turns out this new invention—a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    04.11.11

  5. Packed Naturally
    House Tours

    Packed Naturally

    Mies van der Rohe once said, "We must remember that everything depends on how we use a material." In this Palo Alto, CA, residence constructed from rammed earth, steel, and glass, and finished in...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    04.19.11

  6. Tunquen Treasure
    Green

    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  7. High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles
    Green

    High-Tech Green Family Home in Los Angeles

    Though tricked out with high-tech touches, this house’s greenest feature is decidedly low tech: the family’s intention to make it their lifelong home.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.20.11

  8. Yerba Buena Street Life Plan
    A Great Idea

    Yerba Buena Street Life Plan

    Recently in San Francisco, the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District and CMG Landscape Architecture unveiled the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan. The plan is meant to serve as a master plan for the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.08.11

  9. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 1
    Renovation

    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 1

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 1:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    09.14.11

  10. Mr. CHIP Goes to Washington
    Event Spotlight

    Mr. CHIP Goes to Washington

    A highlight of this year's Solar Decathlon was the CHIP house, designed, built, and transported to Washington DC by a team of over 100 SCI-Arc and Caltech students. The uniquely puffy "...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.25.11

  11. A Zero-Energy Community: Part 5
    Renovation

    A Zero-Energy Community: Part 5

    Project Manager Brad Liljequist chronicles the building of the zHome, a ten-unit townhome in Issaquah, Washington—the first multifamily zero-energy community in the United States. Part 5:...

    written by: Brad Liljequist
    11.16.11

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