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  1. Modern Awakening
    House Tours

    Modern Awakening

    In Salt Lake City, a place not renowned for progressive architecture, Brent Jespersen built a luminous canyon retreat—using his architect father and a famed Utah modernist as his guides.

    written by: Heather Bradley
    photos by: Zubin Shroff
    06.01.09

  2. Gimme Shelter
    Post

    Gimme Shelter

    Earlier this month, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education opened their Gimme Shelter exhibition, featuring six temporary woodland shelters that offer places of rest and respite to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.29.09

  3. Good Mews
    House Tours

    Good Mews

    Brad Smith’s compact former coach house, tucked away in one of London’s many hidden cobbled mews, was in need of a radical over-haul when his partner Brian Brennan moved in. Scape...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Peter Marlow
    05.28.09

  4. Built-In Beauty
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    Built-In Beauty

    While visiting and writing about small homes for our June 2009 “Think Smaller” issue, it quickly became clear that when space is sparse, the best way to get the most bang for your buck...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.25.09

  5. The Best of Small Spaces
    House Tours

    The Best of Small Spaces

    Small spaces have been on our mind (check out our June 2009 "Think Smaller" issue), and they’ve also been on the minds of the American Institute of Architects.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.23.09

  6. Touring the Vitra Campus
    Travel Reports

    Touring the Vitra Campus

    In addition to my tour of the Freitag factory in Zurich, a huge high point of my recent trip to Switzerland involved hopping over the border from Basel to 1 Charles-Eames-Strasse in Weil am Rhein,...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.18.09

  7. Q&A with Adam Kalkin
    Books

    Q&A with Adam Kalkin

    In the In the Modern World section of our June 2009 issue, I reviewed artist-architect Adam Kalkin’s new monograph, Quik Build: Adam Kalkin's ABC of Container Architecture. The book is a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.15.09

  8. Touring the Freitag Factory
    Travel Reports

    Touring the Freitag Factory

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Switzerland was a tour of Freitag factory in Zurich. The messenger bags first designed and developed by Markus and Daniel Freitag in 1993 have become...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.14.09

  9. All Aboard
    House Tours

    All Aboard

    Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.

    written by: Edward Lifson
    photos by: Andreas Larsson
    05.13.09

  10. Orchard Jam
    House Tours

    Orchard Jam

    The McKenzie residence sits within the grid of a commercial apple orchard, its roof and upper parts floating above the trees to echo the surrounding hills. Although its steel cladding is suggestive...

    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    05.13.09

  11. Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City
    House Tours

    Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

    Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    05.13.09

  12. Compound Addition
    House Tours

    Compound Addition

    A pair of environmentally attuned architects combined adjoining properties in a Los Angeles canyon to house their modernist menagerie.

    written by: Sarah Amelar
    photos by: Catherine Ledner
    05.13.09

  13. Fjord Focus
    Profiles

    Fjord Focus

    As Jarmund/Vigsnæs’s growing crop of small, smart houses have garnered increasing attention, their equally prolific civic works have them poised to be Norway’s next big export.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    05.13.09

  14. Built-In Style
    My House

    Built-In Style

    In Oakland, California, two designers transformed a 100-year-old barn into a (very) cozy home of their own by redefining the functionality of walls and windowsills.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Aya Brackett
    05.13.09

  15. Pole Star
    Green

    Pole Star

    By creatively manipulating the angles and levels of exterior surfaces on this modest Polish country house, architect Peter Kuczia achieved exceptionally high solar exposure, increasing its capacity...

    written by: Michael Dumiak
    05.13.09

  16. Upwardly Mobile Homes
    House Tours

    Upwardly Mobile Homes

    When it comes to real estate, the trailer park gets a bad rap. But some designers think that this forsaken corner of the market is worthy of reevaluation—and even resuscitation.

    written by: Rick Polito
    05.13.09

  17. William Krisel
    Interviews

    William Krisel

    Palm Springs architect William Krisel entered the arena of architecture in the boom times that followed World War II and left in 1979 when the profession became “too uptight” as a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.13.09

  18. Hand-Powered Lamp
    Post

    Hand-Powered Lamp

    Producing power by harnessing kinetic energy from human and animal movement is a great idea but one with few good results. Disco-ball lights powered by club-goers getting down on the dance floor is...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.08.09

  19. Houston, Texas
    City Guide

    Houston, Texas

    Texas is known for propagating a "bigger is better" attitude. But even in Houston—the state’s oil and energy epicenter— residents are starting to understand the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.06.09

  20. Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors
    Interviews

    Q&A with Autograph Creative Directors

    Donerik Dela Cruz and Aaron Pou describe their business as a “design start-up in challenging times,” but since launching Autograph, a brand consulting, art direction, and graphic design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.05.09

  21. Apples from Asphalt
    Outdoor

    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

  22. The New Suburbanism
    House Tours

    The New Suburbanism

    When an urban expat couple decided to build the suburban house they wanted rather than the one their neighbors expected, they ended up with a spare but airy jewel box and no wooden shingles.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Robert Schlatter
    05.04.09

  23. Standout in a Crowd
    House Tours

    Standout in a Crowd

    In architecturally conservative San Francisco, this house built on a 20-foot-wide lot proves that modern design can fit—literally and figuratively—in any neighborhood.

    written by: Amos Klausner
    photos by: Todd Hido
    05.04.09

  24. One Room Fits All
    House Tours

    One Room Fits All

    New Yorkers often work, eat, sleep, and entertain in a single room. But for Milan Hughston, a renovation turned that predicament into a pleasure.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Grant Delin
    05.04.09

  25. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
    Green

    The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block

    Hybridization is hit or miss (i.e., the jackalope). But this Houston home combines two housing types to create a conscientious alternative.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Misty Keasler
    05.04.09

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