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  1. Not Just Another Plant in the Wall
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    Not Just Another Plant in the Wall

    “Technically it’s a cinch,” Patrick Blanc says, and with a wave of the hand ticks off the ingredients needed to build a plant wall: ten-millimeter-thick waterproof PVC slabs...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    01.01.09

  2. Structured Play
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    Structured Play

    Two of the country’s most creative and thoughtful playground designers—architect Richard Dattner and landscape architect M. Paul Friedberg—spent countless hours observing how...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    01.01.09

  3. A Garage Converted Modern Playroom
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    A Garage Converted Modern Playroom

    It could have been a Sheetrock box, but as the house’s most frequently used point of entry, it deserved the same architectural respect.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.04.09

  4. On the Fence
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    On the Fence

    This “landscaped outdoor room” near Farrar Pond, Massachusetts, uses simple construction to create complex effects.

    written by: Michael Grozik
    photos by: Charles Mayer
    02.04.09

  5. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  6. Nature’s Graces
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    Nature’s Graces

    With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Sarah Rich
    02.04.09

  7. Ich Bin Ein Mulcher
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    Ich Bin Ein Mulcher

    When, at cocktail parties, the conversation turns from the fleeting news of the day to the subject of sublime beauty, Dan Maginn often find himself smiling, for soon, he will speak of mulch.

    written by: Dan Maginn
    02.04.09

  8. Garden Apartment
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    Garden Apartment

    Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum. One lucky family,...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Jessica Antola
    02.05.09

  9. All-Inclusive Architecture
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    All-Inclusive Architecture

    At the symbolic heart of Philadelphia lies John F. Kennedy (JFK) Plaza, more commonly called Love Park after a Robert Indiana sculpture that is the soul of the site.

    written by: Anuj Desai
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.05.09

  10. Suspended Habitation
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    Suspended Habitation

    “This was really a parameter-driven project,” explains Lukasz Kos, a Toronto-based designer and cofounder of the architecture firm Testroom. “That is, I had to let the trees...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  11. By Poplar Demand
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    By Poplar Demand

    “I kept pushing the idea of doing a new kind of tree house further and further, trying to find the best structure, the best materials,” explains Dustin Feider, a 23-year-old freelance...

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  12. Stoked to Soak
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    Stoked to Soak

    Compelling custom solutions to off-the-shelf problems are often hard to come by. But landscape architects James A. Lord and Roderick Wyllie relished the challenge of making a standard hot tub the...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Jeremy Harris
    02.05.09

  13. Where Pigs Fly
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    Where Pigs Fly

    Those looking for a more down-to-earth option might consider wallowing in a pigsty, which is essentially what designer Amir Sanei constructed for his two sons.

    written by: James Nestor
    02.05.09

  14. Fawning Over Flora
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    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

  15. Skinny Dip
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    Skinny Dip

    An elegant new pool house keeps competitive swimmer Sydne Didier in top form, and out of the Connecticut River.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.24.09

  16. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
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    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  17. The Lawn Goodbye
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    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. Branching Out
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    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  19. Beyond Terradome
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    Beyond Terradome

    Influenced by city dwellers whose windows open to concrete vistas or brick walls, San Francisco native Ric López decided to shift the view inward and back to nature.

    photos by: Peter Belanger
    02.27.09

  20. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

  21. Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
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    Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps

    For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    04.30.09

  22. Apples from Asphalt
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    Apples from Asphalt

    Mobile City Farmstead is bringing a little bit of the heartland into the big city, one vacant lot at a time.

    05.04.09

  23. Dunkin' Danish
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    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  24. Outside In or Inside Out?
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    Outside In or Inside Out?

    Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.

    written by: Jane Szita
    09.10.09

  25. The Birds and The Beavers
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    The Birds and The Beavers

    Connecticut birders happily swap their waterlogged Wellies and foggy field glass for the Wesleyan student–designed SplitFrame, a viewing platform in a former cranberry bog.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    10.01.09

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