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  1. Skinny Dip
    Outdoor

    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

  2. Rebuilt This CIty!
    Profiles

    Rebuilt This CIty!

    The tiny staff at the San Francisco affiliate of Rebuilding Together coordinates and works on the rehabilitation of more than 20 homes and roughly the same number of nonprofit facilities on one...

    written by: Christopher Bright
    02.25.09

  3. Tree's Company
    Profiles

    Tree's Company

    Greening Los Angeles has long been Andy Lipkis’s dream. Greening his nonprofit’s Hollywood Hills campus is now a reality.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.25.09

  4. Pooling Our Resources
    Profiles

    Pooling Our Resources

    After disappearing almost 70 years ago, the New York floating pool is making a comeback.

    written by: Tim McKeough
    02.25.09

  5. From Commune to Commonplace
    Profiles

    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun
    02.25.09

  6. Public Defender
    Profiles

    Public Defender

    Zoe Ryan has written art and design articles and books, helped curate shows at the MoMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and, most spectacularly, brought new life to the Van Alen Institute, New...

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.25.09

  7. Not Just Skating By
    Profiles

    Not Just Skating By

    For years, professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek has ranted about wanting to build a skate plaza: a skate park integrated into the urban environment as a landscaped, multi-use public space. When he...

    written by: Alissa Walker
    photos by: Amanda Marsalis
    02.26.09

  8. The Power of Paint
    Profiles

    The Power of Paint

    Students are redesigning their environment under the guidance of Publicolor, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman.

    written by: Shonquis Moreno
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.26.09

  9. Camp Counsel
    Profiles

    Camp Counsel

    Architecture professor Laura Terry and her students spent a summer designing and creating new facilities for young campers with physical and developmental disabilities.

    written by: William Lamb
    02.25.09

  10. Design Junkie
    Profiles

    Design Junkie

    "I guess from a young age I collected things that interested me—picked up bizarre things from the street, put them in boxes, or took them to my room."

    written by: Michael Grozik
    03.04.09

  11. Angela Adams for Architex
    Post

    Angela Adams for Architex

    Angela Adams recently expanded her upbeat retro textile designs with more rugged and sustainable fabrics to help spruce up hospitals, office cubicles, and the outdoors.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    11.21.08

  12. Bellemo & Cat's Cradle
    My House

    Bellemo & Cat's Cradle

    Architect-sculptor double act Cat Macleod and Michael Bellemo first came to our attention with their Cocoon weekender, a steel-clad blimp suspended in a canopy on the Australian coastline.

    written by: Karen Pakula
    photos by: Prue Ruscoe
    02.27.09

  13. Teaching by Example
    Profiles

    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb
    04.13.09

  14. Bach to Basics
    Green

    Bach to Basics

    On New Zealand’s Great Barrier Island, two architects designed a petite holiday home that takes care of its own water, electricity, and sewage needs.

    written by: Jeremy Hansen
    photos by: Patrick Reynolds
    02.28.09

  15. Stumptown Rock
    Green

    Stumptown Rock

    Even before construction was complete, the Stump House was turning heads. When its green-minded future owners learned of its shining environmental résumé, they knew they’d found...

    written by: Brian Libby
    photos by: John Clark
    03.04.09

  16. Norwegian Wood
    My House

    Norwegian Wood

    Designing a house for this setting was a thrilling puzzle of aesthetics and terrain for a young architect. The house they built that year suited the couple for 30 years of long summer vacations,...

    written by: Margit Bisztray
    photos by: Pia Ulin
    03.04.09

  17. AIA SF Design Awards 2009
    Post

    AIA SF Design Awards 2009

    San Francisco is a hotspot for incredible architecture—and this past year was no exception. Last week the American Institute of Architect’s San Francisco chapter celebrated the best of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.11.09

  18. Yard Sale Photographs
    Post

    Yard Sale Photographs

    Yard Sale Photographs, a new book of photography by Adam Bartos, revels in the everyday castoffs and outmoded bric-a-brac that lard the average American garage sale. With a cover that apes a second...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.13.09

  19. Eco-Friendly Rustic Cabin Retreat in Canada
    Green

    Eco-Friendly Rustic Cabin Retreat in Canada

    With windows recycled from a Toronto skyscraper, Barerock is both rustic cabin and high-tech, eco-friendly retreat.

    written by: Dominic Ali
    03.14.09

  20. Investing in the Market
    Profiles

    Investing in the Market

    With its community market initiative, PPS reinvents the public square on the international scale.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    03.14.09

  21. Paperfold Lamps
    Post

    Paperfold Lamps

    Architects are notorious for being sticklers for detail. Often, and in the best cases, this leads to beautifully uncomplicated structures and well thought out product design.

    written by: Laure Joliet
    03.17.09

  22. Roadside Attraction
    Green

    Roadside Attraction

    A Colorado couple handles their freeway-facing lot with flair, and incorporates a long list of sustainable features to boot.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    03.16.09

  23. Designing Detroit
    Post

    Designing Detroit

    If the Great Recession has an unofficial mascot, it's Detroit. Even though the once-mighty Motown has been in a slow-motion death-spin since the days of the K-car, the city's abandoned factories...

    written by: David A. Greene
    03.18.09

  24. The Secret Lives of Urban Space
    Post

    The Secret Lives of Urban Space

    Earlier this week, the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival presented a collection of six experimental short films, grouped as The Secret Lives of Urban Space, which explored...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.21.09

  25. Bordeaux, France
    City Guide

    Bordeaux, France

    Classical yet current, Bordeaux is a city that celebrates the details that comprise the whole. Architect Oliver Brochet guides our tour around the accessible tram system, the historic women,...

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Peter Augustin
    03.23.09

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