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  1. The Great Compression
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    The Great Compression

    In Auckland, New Zealand, architect Michael O’Sullivan and his partner Melissa Schollum braved a miniscule budget, withering looks from friends, and nasty nail-gun injuries to design and...

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    04.13.10

  2. Urban Land Institute 2010 Awards
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    Urban Land Institute 2010 Awards

    From over 170 entries, 17 finalists—from Thin Flats, an eight-unit green residential infil project in Philadelphia, to the Vancouver Convention Centre West, which opened for the 2010 Olympics...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.10.10

  3. Echo Chamber
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    Echo Chamber

    After architectural designers Louis Molina and Laurent Turin of Good Idea Studio revamped a tiny, dilapidated 1923 clapboard house in 2004, they moved their Los Angeles office into the ground...

    written by: Emily Young
    photos by: Heather Culp
    04.09.10

  4. Living on Water: Stilted Villages
    Travel Reports

    Living on Water: Stilted Villages

    After visiting the legendary floating villages on Cambodia’s Tonle Sap, I took a detour to Kompong Phluk, a permanent settlement built upon stilts at the edge of the lake. As I paddled...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    04.07.10

  5. Dominey Pavilion and Carport
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    Dominey Pavilion and Carport

    When Decatur, Georgia, residents Todd and Heather Dominey tasked architect architect William Carpenter of Lightroom Studio to create additional space for their growing family, they turned to the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  6. Hide and Sleep
    Finishing Touch

    Hide and Sleep

    With the classic Murphy bed as muse, Japanese architect Toshihiko Suzuki transformed a standard Airstream into a versatile small wonder.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.06.10

  7. Knotty by Nature
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    Knotty by Nature

    In snowy Sweden, where pine planks and the democratic design incubator Ikea reign supreme, a local architect pays homage to his patrimony, making a small, slatty home feel like a rather big deal....

    written by: Grant Gibson
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    04.03.10

  8. Glass Jar Terrariums
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    Glass Jar Terrariums

    Terrariums have once again taken off--just like Indie Mart founder Kelly Malone's San Francisco craft space Workshop. Malone opened Workshop in September 2009 and has since been selling out classes...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.02.10

  9. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  10. Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
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    Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

    A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six, this...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: João Canziani
    03.17.10

  11. Pedro E. Guerrero
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    Pedro E. Guerrero

    In 1939, Frank Lloyd Wright hired 22-year-old Pedro Guerrero to be Taliesin West’s resident photographer, the start of a collaborative bond that would last until Wright’s death in 1959....

    03.16.10

  12. A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach
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    A Modern Coastal Home in Stinson Beach

    For all the joys of beachfront living, it’s not without its risks. But with some smart design and sound engineering, this small coastal house stands tall against the threat of rising tides.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Mathew Scott
    03.11.10

  13. Plan of Steel
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    Plan of Steel

    The Blue Sky prototype home tiptoes gracefully across the desert landscape just north of Joshua Tree National Park. Nestled amid piñon and juniper trees and outcroppings of boulders, the...

    written by: Brendan Newnam
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    03.07.10

  14. Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban
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    Modern Istanbul Design: Autoban

    Istanbul modern? In a word, it’s Autoban. With their east-meets-west twist on mid-century classics, this young duo has jump-started their hometown’s design scene.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    03.04.10

  15. Gardening Products: Modern Portable Planter Pots
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    Gardening Products: Modern Portable Planter Pots

    Today’s planters are smarter than ever. They breathe, they drain, and some even light up. So whether your thumb is as green as the plants you’re pruning or as brown as the compost you...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.26.10

  16. Fertile Grounds
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    Fertile Grounds

    Nestled in an apple grove in Sebastopol, California, the Orchard House is a rural idyll. And with the voracious design appetites of a family of gastronomically inclined clients, this concrete...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.26.10

  17. Living on Water: Floating Villages
    Travel Reports

    Living on Water: Floating Villages

    During my jaunt to Cambodia last month, when I was not hauling bricks to build an outdoor school kitchen with my studio, I had the chance to see a multitude of informal building in both urban and...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    02.25.10

  18. Brook Farm General Store
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    Brook Farm General Store

    If you've been longing for the timeless kitchen and home goods stocked on the shelves of Labour and Wait in East London but aren't in the UK (and thus can't have them shipped to you), Brook Farm...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.19.10

  19. A Clean Slate
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    A Clean Slate

    A few big ideas—and some careful workmanship—transform the very small kitchen of a one-bedroom Brooklyn apartment into an expansive space suited to a young professional with a taste for...

    written by: Mark Lamster
    photos by: Jeremy Liebman
    02.15.10

  20. A Lot to Love
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    A Lot to Love

    In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, an enterprising architect saw opportunity where others saw trouble. He took a sloping, triangular lot and designed a new...

    written by: Georgina Gustin
    photos by: Mike Sinclair
    02.12.10

  21. Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens
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    Snaidero Universal Design Kitchens

    Universal design doesn't need to be ugly--and, more so, shouldn't be. Done well, it's undifferentiated design for the whole population, for disabled and nondisabled people alike, as Graham Pullin,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.10.10

  22. Bringing It All Back Home
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    Bringing It All Back Home

    Relying on local materials, local craftsmen, and the land her family has farmed for over two centuries, a New Yorker rediscovers her Midwestern roots.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Kyoko Hamada
    02.08.10

  23. Modern Surf Shack in Venice
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    Modern Surf Shack in Venice

    It was the surf and the artsy vibe that attracted Eric Grunbaum to Venice Beach, California, 18 years ago. An avid surfer and creative director for an advertising agency, he thrives on lively...

    written by: Paul Young
    photos by: Ye Rin Mok
    02.08.10

  24. Project Runaway
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    Project Runaway

    Driven by the death of several appliances, a San Francisco family finds that a spanking new kitchen delivers a good dose of domestic harmony along with the excuse to execute a complete home makeover.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.05.10

  25. Chef's Table
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    Chef's Table

    When these full-time foodies renovated their Chicago condo, getting the kitchen right meant finding the right kitchen island. Editor-in-chief Sam Grawe invites himself over to sample the fruits of...

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Matthew Williams
    02.03.10

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