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  1. Nature’s Graces
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    Nature’s Graces

    With the lightness and imagination of origami and the mathematical exactitude of digital design, this open-air chapel invites all creatures into its folds.

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Sarah Rich
    02.04.09

  2. All-Inclusive Architecture
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    All-Inclusive Architecture

    At the symbolic heart of Philadelphia lies John F. Kennedy (JFK) Plaza, more commonly called Love Park after a Robert Indiana sculpture that is the soul of the site.

    written by: Anuj Desai
    photos by: Adam Friedberg
    02.05.09

  3. Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps
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    Pool Houses: From Laps to Naps

    For those seeking refuge from an interminable game of Marco Polo, these four pool houses provide an artful escape.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Ron Pollard
    04.30.09

  4. 3 Options for Outdoor Lighting
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    3 Options for Outdoor Lighting

    As summer nights swing into high gear, this outdoor lighting will keep your evenings bright.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    08.02.13

  5. 7 Great Green Walls
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    7 Great Green Walls

    Not for the feint of heart, but for the green of thumb: A living wall is a vibrant way to celebrate nature in tandem with architecture. Peek through our archives for another look at living walls...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    10.10.13

  6. From Torrent to Current
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    From Torrent to Current

    In her book Du Torrent au Courant, des Barrages et des Hommes en Savoie (From Torrent to Current: Dam and Man in Savoy), photographer Céline Clanet documents the infrastructure of hydropower...

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Céline Clanet
    09.26.11

  7. Outside In or Inside Out?
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    Outside In or Inside Out?

    Among the kitschy, gnome-loving chalets of Holland's community gardens, Krill Architects created an anomalously spare and highly adaptable Garden House.

    written by: Jane Szita
    09.10.09

  8. Modern House Numbers
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    Modern House Numbers

    Like doorknobs, mailboxes, and fencing, house numbers are crucial for broadcasting a home's essential modern-ness. Neutra is a guaranteed winner, font-wise, but consider a few other modern options.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    01.15.14

  9. Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids
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    Swingtones: Musical Swings Built by Kids

    At a summer camp with power tools, the campers helped design their own amusement: a set of musical swings.

    written by: Patrick Sisson
    03.24.14

  10. Swamp Thing
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    Swamp Thing

    With families in tow, architects Keith Moskow and Robert Linn settle in for a weekend of s'mores and camping in the unlikliest of locations: a simple structure built in the heart of the suburbs.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    02.02.10

  11. Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island
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    Tiny Garden Retreat on New York's Long Island

    In New York’s Nassau County, a 125-square-foot garden retreat offers a haven from bustling contemporary life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    photos by: Dustin Cohen
    03.24.14

  12. Skinny Dip
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    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

  13. Apples from Asphalt
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    Apples from Asphalt

    Mobile City Farmstead is bringing a little bit of the heartland into the big city, one vacant lot at a time.

    05.04.09

  14. Landscape Design for All Climates
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    Landscape Design for All Climates

    Seven landscape architects across the United States explain how they mastermind inspired designs showcasing the best of their regions.

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.18.14

  15. Primer on Landscape Architecture
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    Primer on Landscape Architecture

    Don’t know your Lawrence Halprin from your Richard Haag? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite articles, interviews, and essays on modern landscape architecture.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    11.04.13

  16. 6 Outdoor Patio Dining Essentials
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    6 Outdoor Patio Dining Essentials

    Summer brings warm nights and the perfect atmosphere for outdoor patio dining. Set the stage for an evening on the terrace with these six patio dining essentials from shatter-proof wine glasses to...

    written by: Megan Hamaker
    07.12.13

  17. Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had
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    Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had

    Street furniture already catches the eye of denizens eyeing a resting spot, but in select cities it also has people marveling at their good looks. Designers from all over the world are adding...

    written by: Tim Newcomb
    02.04.12

  18. A Garage Converted Modern Playroom
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    A Garage Converted Modern Playroom

    It could have been a Sheetrock box, but as the house’s most frequently used point of entry, it deserved the same architectural respect.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    02.04.09

  19. Branching Out
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    Branching Out

    Arborsculpturist Richard Reames has spent the past 16 years making more than 100 sculptures, chairs, pieces of furniture, tool handles, mailboxes, and fences out of living trees.

    written by: James Nestor
    photos by: John Clark
    02.26.09

  20. Fawning Over Flora
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    Fawning Over Flora

    Flora Grubb Gardens, the hippest plant merchant in the Bay Area, takes up residence in a new building as green as it is frondescent.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Todd Hido
    02.05.09

  21. 7 Modern Outdoor Fireplaces We Love
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    7 Modern Outdoor Fireplaces We Love

    There's no better time to gather around an outdoor fire pit then on a windy Autumn night. Check out these cozy outdoor areas, equipped with the latest technology and embracing timeless traditions...

    written by: Dwell Staff
    10.17.13

  22. Garden Apartment
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    Garden Apartment

    Botanist Patrick Blanc has been bringing the wilds of the rainforests to Parisian walls for over 30 years, most recently at the Jean Nouvel–designed Quai Branly museum. One lucky family,...

    written by: Michelle Hoffman
    photos by: Jessica Antola
    02.05.09

  23. 3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia
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    3 Innovative Outdoor Libraries in Russia

    Three ‘book-objects’ created by Alexander and Daria Kudmova Butahinoy of the Moscow-based Ruetemple Architectural Studio offer ways to store books and save space. Furnishing the outdoor, public...

    written by: Jacqueline Leahy
    01.28.14

  24. Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon
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    Modern Off-the-Grid Retreat in Oregon

    The Watershed is an off-the-grid writer’s retreat that architect Erin Moore designed for her mother, nature writer Kathleen Dean Moore.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Gary Tarleton
    02.26.09

  25. 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

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