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  1. Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland
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    Modernist Rural Getaway in Poland

    In southwest Poland, architect Robert Konieczny, of KWK Promes, raises the roof—with sod intact—on Jacek Perkowski’s modernist rural getaway.

    written by: James Nestor
    09.13.09

  2. 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

  3. A Platform for Living
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    A Platform for Living

    Setsumasa and Mami Kobayashi’s weekend retreat, two and a half hours northwest of Tokyo, is “an arresting concept,” photographer Dean Kaufman says, who documented the singular...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    04.06.11

  4. Houston, We've Solved a Problem
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    Houston, We've Solved a Problem

    A bird flying over Houston, Texas, sees only a sprawling canopy of trees. It seems the perfect nesting place for creatures both avian and human alike; unfortunately, the green ends at the tree line...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Jack Thompson
    01.25.09

  5. In the Loop
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    In the Loop

    Adrian Jones lived in his top-floor loft in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood for nine years before renovating. For a bachelor set designer, the 2,500-square-foot space was perfect: plenty...

    written by: Mimi Zeiger
    photos by: Kevin Cooley
    02.10.11

  6. Long Division
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    Long Division

    The dark, primeval mountains and jagged ravines of New Zealand are free of rampaging Orcs, but Middle-earth, 2007, has another nuisance on the loose. It is the load-bearing truck, carrying a quaint...

    written by: Karen Pakula
    01.25.09

  7. Sign of the Times
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    Sign of the Times

    Looking for directions on the road to sustainability? At Leger Wanaselja Architecture's multifamily development in Berkeley, California, all signs point to green.

    written by: Sam Grawe
    photos by: Randi Berez
    04.21.09

  8. Passive Progressive
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    Passive Progressive

    Among the first Passive Houses in France, this bamboo-clad farmhouse by the Parisian firm Karawitz Architecture brings a bit of green to tiny Bessancourt.

    photos by: Nicholas Calcott
    08.18.12

  9. Pole Star
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    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

  10. Tait Modern
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    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

  11. Escape to the Rock
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    Escape to the Rock

    Off the coast of British Columbia—on a site accessible only by boat—a family of Vancouver urbanites commissioned a sustainable cabin for weekend getaways that feels a world away.

    written by: Adele Weder
    photos by: Misha Gravenor
    11.10.10

  12. Master Stroke
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    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  13. Grateful Shed
    My House

    Grateful Shed

    A family discovers the joys of DIY design—and muddy feet—in their home made up of distinct pods that blends harmoniously with its surroundings in the rainy mountains of Kauai.

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Linny Morris
    03.12.12

  14. Z for Two
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    Z for Two

    In Portland, Oregon, two adjoining six-story homes on a formerly run-down urban lot add to the neighborhood’s density and its green cred.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Shawn Records
    07.30.10

  15. Renovating An Aging Mill in France
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    Renovating An Aging Mill in France

    In 1981, Londoners Anthony and Gillian Blee purchased the ultimate fixer-upper. The property in southwestern France was idyllic, but its old mill, built in 1822, and three flanking outbuildings had...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sarah Blee
    01.19.11

  16. The Lowest Utility Bill on the Block
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    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

  17. A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin
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    A Green Home to Last a Lifetime in Austin

    Austin couple Anne Suttles and Sam Shah built a house to last their lifetime—and longer. Mixing new efficient systems with old upcycled materials, they keep it weird while keeping it green.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Brent Humphreys
    08.31.11

  18. PISE Does It
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    PISE Does It

    From an ecological perspective, pneumatically impacted stabilized earth (PISE) is a nearly perfect building material. A new house, halfway between Carmel and Big Sur, near California’s...

    written by: Adam Fisher
    04.14.09

  19. A Sustainably Built Home in Rural Ontario
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    A Sustainably Built Home in Rural Ontario

    For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Derek Shapton
    10.08.12

  20. Leave it to Beavers
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    Leave it to Beavers

    It’s not unusual for New Yorkers to have problems with their neighbors; after all, many a co-op brawl has started over a little late-night noise. But it is rare for the downtown crowd to have...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Raimund Koch
    01.25.09

  21. Barely There
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    Barely There

    If not for the dawn appearance of the bear, which came loping toward Maem Slater-Enns and her then six-month-old daughter as they sat contemplating the water, the Enns family might still be...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Thomas Fricke
    02.01.09

  22. Green Cottage Getaway in Maine
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    Green Cottage Getaway in Maine

    On an island 20 miles off the coast of Maine, a writer, with the help of his daughter, built not only a room but an entire green getaway of his own.

    written by: Amber Bravo
    photos by: Eirik Johnson
    11.22.10

  23. 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

  24. Tunquen Treasure
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    Tunquen Treasure

    A set of solar panels, a wind-powered well, and passive sustainable strategies make living miles from municipal utilities a non-issue for this Chilean beachgoer.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Cristóbal Palma
    05.16.11

  25. Designing Detroit
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    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

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