An Inno-native Approach

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January 15, 2009
Originally published in Living Landscapes
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  A free-flowing, open-plan dining and living area is built of local Dahoma wood and has sliding screens and jalousie windows to allow cross ventilation in the hot climate.
    A free-flowing, open-plan dining and living area is built of local Dahoma wood and has sliding screens and jalousie windows to allow cross ventilation in the hot climate.
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  Kwaku’s bike sits near the adobe wall.
    Kwaku’s bike sits near the adobe wall.
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  The wraparound balcony is a playground for four-year-old Kwaku; there he plays soccer, chases the family’s four dogs, and hangs out with his friend and neighbor, Anita.
    The wraparound balcony is a playground for four-year-old Kwaku; there he plays soccer, chases the family’s four dogs, and hangs out with his friend and neighbor, Anita.
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  Sara Asafu-Adjaye rests on a couch in the TV room. The IKEA light fixture and other imports give the house its blend of Western and African, mass-produced and handmade.
    Sara Asafu-Adjaye rests on a couch in the TV room. The IKEA light fixture and other imports give the house its blend of Western and African, mass-produced and handmade.
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  Osae-Addo’s electric bike sits at the juncture between a powder room and TV area.
    Osae-Addo’s electric bike sits at the juncture between a powder room and TV area.
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  The Bulthaup workbench and kitchen cabinets were imported from L.A.
    The Bulthaup workbench and kitchen cabinets were imported from L.A.
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  Osae-Addo is highly gregarious and his house serves as a magnet for friends and family. He lunches with his Aunty Charlotte, who is also his neighbor.
    Osae-Addo is highly gregarious and his house serves as a magnet for friends and family. He lunches with his Aunty Charlotte, who is also his neighbor.
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  Slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest.
    Slatted wooden screens afford privacy and break the short but driving rains that blast the house from the southwest.
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  The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.
    The six-by-six-foot shower boasts a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. The cage of bamboo poles provides the requisite privacy to the bather.
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