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  1. Self-Contained
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    Having purchased a 3.5-acre plot of land in Topanga, California, with a very rustic, 750-square-foot cabin on it several years ago, architect Christof Jantzen found himself in need of a fairly...

    written by: Erika Heet

  2. Powell St. Parklet

    Powell St. Parklet

    San Francisco's thriving Pavement to Parks initiative—dozens of street parking spaces have been transformed into small, hardscaped parks the city over—arrived on center stage Wednesday....

    written by: Aaron Britt

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. Small Footprint in Fayetteville
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    Small Footprint in Fayetteville

    Fayetteville, Arkansas, doesn't have a reputation for "going green." Rather, the town has historically garnered recognition for its local beacon, the University of Arkansas. Yet...

    written by: Kelly Cooper
    photos by: Albert Skiles

  6. True Hollywood Story

    True Hollywood Story

    For over seventy years, through 7,000 photography sessions, and with 70,000 negatives, Julius Shulman captured the elusive spirit of architecture with an unerring eye and indefatigable character....

    written by: Marc Kristal
    photos by: Catherine Ledner

  7. Hometown Hero

    Hometown Hero

    Dow Chemical put Midland on the map, but architect and local scion Alden B. Dow made it the most modern town in Michigan.

    written by: Aaron Britt

  8. Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes
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    Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

    Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes. Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the...

    written by: Diana Budds

  9. Modern Vintage: 2241 House

    Modern Vintage: 2241 House

    Tres Birds Workshop design principal Mike Moore likes making people think. For the renovation of an over 80-year-old home in Boulder, Colorado, where his firm is located, he mixed modern and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  10. The Barn and the Lantern
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    The Barn and the Lantern

    Edgar Lyall, a television writer, and Elizabeth Wise, a Lifetime network executive, bought a 1,000-square-foot 1941 prewar bungalow in Studio City, California, that they quickly grew very fond of,...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Christa Mae

  11. Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv
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    Modern High-Rise Town House in Tel Aviv

    Six stories high, crowned with a pool, and with a direct lineage back to the Bauhaus, a new town house in Tel Aviv manages to both embrace and provide refuge from the teeming Israeli city.

    written by: Iain Aitch
    photos by: Amit Geron

  12. His-Her Collage and Ceramics Studio

    His-Her Collage and Ceramics Studio

    Just as water and oil don’t mix, neither do the crafts of collage and ceramics. Nevertheless, a combination of the two was precisely what one creative couple living on Long Island requested...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake

  13. 10 Amazing Examples of Shipping Container Architecture
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    10 Amazing Examples of Shipping Container Architecture

    If you caught our recent round up of shipping container homes, you know there's no shortage of innovative adaptations to the boxy cargo pieces. We can't get enough of them, either, and here we...

    written by: Diana Budds

  14. Where the Wild Things Aren't
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    Where the Wild Things Aren't

    In Vieira do Minho, a small village in northern Portugal, Guilherme Vaz designed a fortresslike retreat that embraces the natural landscape while keeping it at bay.

    written by: Kieran Long
    photos by: David Hughes

  15. Love's Labors Found
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    Love's Labors Found

    Though the obstacles they faced were formidable, this couple’s perserverance brought them closer together and made their dream home a reality.

    written by: David Proffitt
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy

  16. Lucky 7
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    Lucky 7

    Thanks to Los Angeles’s Small Lot Subdivision Ordinance, the developers of Auburn 7 were able to maximize their property’s potential. With a host of sustainable features, including...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen

  17. Halving It All
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    Halving It All

    David Sarti's little red house in Seattle's sleepy Central District proves that a bit of land, ambition, and carpentry know-how can go a long way.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: Misha Gravenor

  18. Worth the Wait
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    Worth the Wait

    Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Zubin Shroff

  19. Norwegian Wood
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    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

  20. Domestic Ribbon
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    Domestic Ribbon

    Armed with a masters in architecture from Columbia University and only 3 years in the field, architectural designer Alan Y. L. Chan renovated a wreck of an apartment in an early 1900s building on...

    written by: Erika Heet

  21. Sky Small
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    Sky Small

    Building a small home doesn’t equate to easy lifting. Before Tom Bayley could call in a crane to lift the materials for his 800-square-foot house to the roof of the building on which it&rsquo...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: John Clark

  22. Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco
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    Modern Space-Efficient Family Home in San Francisco

    To convert a musty mid-century house with a nonsensical floor plan into a modern and space-efficient family home, three intrepid designers played a bit of architectural Tetris.

    written by: Rachel Levin
    photos by: Daniel Hennessy

  23. Lucky's Break
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    Lucky's Break

    With a very limited budget and no construction experience, Lucky and Kim Diaz overhauled a wreck of a house into a sweet, 1,100-square-foot Los Angeles home with just $55,000 and a whole lot of...

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: João Canziani

  24. Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario
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    Communal Lakeside Vacation House in Ontario

    On a lakeside plot outside Toronto, four friends forge a new kind of vacation house. 

    written by: Alex Bozikovic
    photos by: Lorne Bridgman

  25. 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