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  1. Melbourne Convention Center
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    Melbourne Convention Center

    One element of my tour of Melbourne that really surprised me was how much I liked the new Melbourne Convention Center by Hamish Lyon of NH Architecture and Nik Karalis of Woods Bagot. 

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Peter Bennetts
    10.23.09

  2. Living on Water: Floating Villages
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    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

  3. 860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apts
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    860-880 Lake Shore Drive Apts

    Ever since studying the works of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe for my undergraduate degree in architecture at the University of Toronto, I have been in love with the 860-880 Lake Shore Drive apartments....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    04.20.10

  4. The 2010 LA Modernism Show
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    The 2010 LA Modernism Show

    The opening night of the Los Angeles Modernism Show, held for the first time at Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, was defined by intriguing pieces by both modern favorites and less-known...

    written by: Erika Heet
    photos by: Erika Heet
    05.01.10

  5. Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid
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    Maggie's Center by Zaha Hadid

    Whilst in Edinburgh, I managed to slip outside of town for a bit to check out Zaha Hadid's first built project in the UK: her 2006 design for a Maggie's Center in Kirkcaldy in Fife, which also...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.12.10

  6. The Living Wall
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    The Living Wall

    Western New York is blessed with a gem of an open green space known as the Griffis Sculpture Park, located approximately one hour south of downtown Buffalo. The 400-acre park is filled with more...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.05.10

  7. The Stealth Winery
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    The Stealth Winery

    Thousands of oenophiles trek to California’s Napa Valley each year to indulge in its scenic vistas and celebrated wineries. While the Chandons and Mondavis of the Valley are open to the...

    written by: Diana Budds
    08.16.10

  8. Venice Biennale: Raumlabor Berlin
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    Venice Biennale: Raumlabor Berlin

    One of the most interesting things to see at an architecture festival is not necessarily the final aha! moment after a pavilion is finished, but the collaborative process of building. At this year...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    09.09.10

  9. Czech Trek at the Biennale
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    Czech Trek at the Biennale

    Out of all of the exhibits at the Venice Biennale this year, I spent the most time sitting and playing inside the pavilion of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Along with being interactive, dynamic,...

    written by: Tiffany Chu
    photos by: Tiffany Chu
    09.16.10

  10. Living in Laos
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    Living in Laos

    In August 2008 I moved with my family to Laos for a year. We wanted to give our children—and ourselves—a break from American, or Western culture, and experience something new and...

    written by: Marc Henrich
    photos by: Marc Henrich
    10.26.10

  11. A Modern Mortuary in Munich
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    A Modern Mortuary in Munich

    In the tenth-century district of Riem, on the far eastern edge of the city of Munich, sits the Mortuary at Munich–Riem (Friedhof-Riem). Designed by architects Andreas Meck and Stephan Koppel,...

    written by: Bret Robins
    photos by: Bret Robins
    10.30.10

  12. Seattle, Part Two
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    Seattle, Part Two

    Earlier this week, I headed to Seattle to report a story for an upcoming issue and to run around town to find the best food, furnishings, and other local favorites. Part one of my trip was...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.28.10

  13. Mexico City: Day 1
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    Mexico City: Day 1

    On Thursday I headed down to Mexico City for four days of sheer design tourism. Things got underway that night with a molecular gastronomy feast the Polanco restaurant Oca. Parsley foam, man....

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.24.10

  14. Mexico City: Day 3
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    Mexico City: Day 3

    My third day of Mexico City design tourism was one fraught with camera woes. Not only did many of the photos I took on my daylong wander not come through a vexing download (goodbye morning...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.01.10

  15. An Architect's Guide to Silver Lake
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    An Architect's Guide to Silver Lake

    One highlight of my recent visit to Los Angeles was a whirlwind tour of Silver Lake with the great architect Barbara Bestor, who has lived there since 1988. She drove me around, pointing out...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    01.11.11

  16. Robert Venturi Print Collection
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    Robert Venturi Print Collection

    Ever since reading Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's seminal text Learning from Las Vegas as an undergraduate architecture student, I've developed a deep love of the dynamism of streetscapes...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.11

  17. Touring Toronto, Part 1
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    Touring Toronto, Part 1

    Last week I headed north (and quite a ways east) to one of my favorite cities: Toronto. I spend a fair share of my childhood in Toronto visiting family, and I later lived near the Annex...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.16.11

  18. Touring Toronto, Part 2
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    Touring Toronto, Part 2

    I traveled to Toronto last week to serve on the curatorial committee of Twenty+Change, report a story, and check out the city's current design scene. Having already visited the TIFF Lightbox and...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.18.11

  19. Sydney's Surprising Opera House
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    Sydney's Surprising Opera House

    The Sydney Opera House is more amazing—and surprising—in person than any photo could convey. Earlier this month, I headed to the Southern Hemisphere for a vacation in Sydney and Cairns,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    07.14.11

  20. Cycle China: Week 4
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    Cycle China: Week 4

    In this special five-part series, we're riding along with SWA Group landscape designer Amirah Shahid as she cycles nearly 800 miles from Beijing to Shanghai (find the previous posts here). Join us...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Amirah Shahid
    09.29.11

  21. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1
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    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

    The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.11

  22. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2
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    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 2

    Vitra's Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, campus boasts not only the production facilities of the famous furniture manufacturer but also numerous iconic buildings by world-renowned architects. In Touring...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.04.11

  23. Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 1
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    Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 1

    At the end of September, I hopped across the pond to visit Basel, Switzerland, and the nearby Laufen bathrooms factory and showroom. Basel is bisected by the Rhine and sits just south of the...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.10.11

  24. Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 2
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    Touring Basel, Switzerland, Part 2

    Last month I traveled to Basel, Switzerland, a European city first founded during the Roman Empire and still boasting beautiful buildings constructed more than 1,000 years agos. In Touring Basel,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.12.11

  25. Inside the VitraHaus
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    Inside the VitraHaus

    One of the highlights of my recent trip to Basel, Switzerland, was crossing the border to visit the Vitra campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, about 25 minutes from Basel, and exploring the VitraHaus....

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    10.15.11

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