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  1. AIA SF Design Awards 2009
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    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

  2. The Secret Lives of Urban Space
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    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

  3. Palm Springs, California
    City Guide

    Palm Springs, California

    In Palm Springs, California, “mid-century modern” connotes more than just Eames chairs and glass walls; it also hints at Hollywood Regency. From the 1920s through the 1970s, silver...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.24.09

  4. NOLA Design Competition
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    NOLA Design Competition

    Living locally is a trend that has captured not only foodies but designers, too. This past weekend, I headed down to the Big Easy as a guest judge for the Billes Architecture Home Design...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.14.09

  5. Top Ten Green Projects
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    Top Ten Green Projects

    Earlier this week, the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment announced the winners of their annual Top Ten Green Projects competition. The scoring system was based on...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.15.09

  6. 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

  7. From Stockholm, With Love
    Profiles

    From Stockholm, With Love

    The problem with loving all things Scandinavian is that for those of us in the United States, the objects of our affection are at least 4,000 miles away. While some larger companies make...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.29.09

  8. Hand-Powered Lamp
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    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

  9. 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

  10. The Best of Small Spaces
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    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

  11. Gimme Shelter
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    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

  12. Dunkin' Danish
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    Dunkin' Danish

    The thought of stripping down for a communal skinny dip in a salty strait might make Americans a bit squeamish, but in Denmark, it’s the stuff that can save a city.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.17.09

  13. Ten Darling Apartment Building
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    Ten Darling Apartment Building

    When you live in an apartment, the surrounding city becomes an extension of your home. The nearby parks act as your backyard. The local coffee shop is your reading room. In South Yarra, a bustling...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.03.09

  14. Modern Vintage: 2241 House
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    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
    08.07.09

  15. Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection
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    Artecnica Fall 2009 Collection

    This week, Los Angeles-design firm Artecnica launched its Fall 2009 Collection at the New York International Gift Fair. Reuniting with whimsical Dutch designer Tord Boontje and introducing new...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.20.09

  16. Pacific Heights Remodel
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    Pacific Heights Remodel

    In the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, what started off as a decorating job turned into a full-blown renovation for Nicole Hollis, founder of Nicole Hollis Interior Design. "...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    08.24.09

  17. By the Book
    Finishing Touch

    By the Book

    This modern log cabin from architecture students at Auburn University was designed to be completed for $20,000—an admirable solution for the down-at-heel looking to put down roots.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.02.09

  18. Noe Valley Renovation
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    Noe Valley Renovation

    It's rare that in a resident-architect collaboration, the resident picks the more dramatic design scheme than the architect. But the homeowners of this recently renovated San Francisco Victorian,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Sharon Risedorph
    09.22.09

  19. Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket
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    Miguel Nelson of Woolly Pocket

    The path to a better world isn't through pavers but via plants, says artist and Woolly Pocket founder Miguel Nelson. "I love architecture but I think if everyone was gardening instead of...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.05.09

  20. Young Guns: Best New Practices 2009
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    Young Guns: Best New Practices 2009

    In 2005, the AIA New York launched the New Practices program to showcase promising new and emerging architectural firms. This year, the AIA San Francisco launched the West Coast debut of the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.06.09

  21. Kilo Design + BIG + Skibsted Ideation
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    Kilo Design + BIG + Skibsted Ideation

    Exciting news in the design world: Danish powerhouse designer firms Kilo Design (headed by Lars Holme Larsen), BIG (led by Bjarke Ingels), and Skibsted Ideation (founded by Jens artin Skibsted)...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    11.25.09

  22. Baltimore Tree House
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    Baltimore Tree House

    The wooden structure next to Laurie and Peter Stubbs' house outside Baltimore is made out of trees and is nestled in the woods but it isn't technically a tree house. "The trees here are...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.04.09

  23. Loo & Improved
    Finishing Touch

    Loo & Improved

    When Pamela Butz and Jeffrey Klug, principals of Butz + Klug Architecture, began renovating the master bathroom of a nearly 120-year-old home in Brookline, Massachusetts, they made “all sorts...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    01.04.10

  24. USA Fellows Announced
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    USA Fellows Announced

    The United States Artists announced the USA Fellows on December 14. The goal of the fellowship program is to support the arts by each year awarding $50,000 unrestricted grants to 50 artists, a...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.15.09

  25. Emigre No. 70
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    Emigre No. 70

    From 1984 through 2005, Emigre magazine was to graphic designers what L'Espirit Nouveau was to architects in the early 1920s. This year, Gingko Press has published Emigre No. 70: The Look Back...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    12.26.09

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