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  1. How To

    Alessi 9090: Package

    After more than 100 steps, the completed parts are ready for packaging. Workers assemble the upper container, filter funnel, gasket, and boiler in much the same way that the eventual user will put...


  2. At the Elm
    House Tours

    At the Elm

    When a couple in Amsterdam decided to upgrade their residence from a small houseboat to a larger one, they sought a design that would elevate the kitchen—literally. Set on the top floor and...

    written by: Jane Szita
    photos by: Rene Mesman

  3. On the Rock

    On the Rock

    Katja and Adam Thom’s cabin, on an exposed postglacial archipelago in Canada’s windswept Georgian Bay, is more than eight miles from the nearest road.

    written by: Geoff Manaugh
    photos by: Mark Giglio

  4. Solar Inspiration
    House Tours

    Solar Inspiration

    A husband-and-wife architect team proves a house can be good for the environment—and look great too.

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Marvin Rand

  5. Sustainability in Stages
    My House

    Sustainability in Stages

    "Personally, I’d rather be living outside,” says architect David Hertz. As a young man surfing in Bali, he was impressed by tropical village compounds where indoors and out flow into each other. ...

    written by: Sydney LeBlanc
    photos by: Misha Gravenor

  6. The Green Lagoon

    The Green Lagoon

    From the deck of this waterfront house, the scenery is abuzz with Northern California wildlife–but there's not a utility bill in sight.

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Matthew Millman

  7. A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home

    A Striking Bohemian Geothermal Home

    Taking a calculated turn from tradition, two Czech architects designed a modern rendition of a classic Bohemian home, powered by solar panels and a geothermal heat pump that draws energy from the...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    photos by: Andrea Lhotakova

  8. Straw Tech

    Straw Tech

    When Anders Stokholm asked his old friend Felix Jerusalem to design his family’s new home in Eschenz, a northern Swiss village on the Rhine River and Untersee Lake, the client and architect agreed...

    written by: Emily Gertz

  9. Green Beret

    Green Beret

    Were “EcoHat” to come up in passing,you would most likely think of something chunky, organic, and woolen–—perhaps a beanie with earflaps to keep you toasty while chained to a logger’s truck. But in...

    written by: Iain Aitch

  10. Drumming Up Design

    Drumming Up Design

    Brotherly love takes many forms; in the case of Rob and Eric Brill, it’s a shared passion for modernism. Rob, the younger of the two and a rock musician, recently completed the second of two live...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Noah Webb

  11. Skypephone
    How To


    Last year saw the European launch of the world’s first mobile phone with integrated Skype, the Voice over IP software traditionally used via computer. This year, the phone arrives in the United...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner

  12. Open Sesame
    Design 101

    Open Sesame

    Architect Justin Korhammer kept the hallway of this Manhattan bachelor pad free and clear with a kitchen that folds away with the precision of a Swiss Army Knife.

    written by: Michael Cannell

  13. LEEDing the Way

    LEEDing the Way

    One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen

  14. Going Coastal

    Going Coastal

    It’s impossible to ignore nature in Big Sur.

    written by: Amara Holstein
    photos by: Robert Canfield

  15. Taking His Own Advice

    Taking His Own Advice

    When Greg Reitz was ten years old, he was already so worried about the state of the planet that, without prompting from his parents, he spent his allowance to join Greenpeace.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Robert Gregory

  16. Simply Sustainable

    Simply Sustainable

    Located in a hidden valley on the picturesque Izu Peninsula, a few hours west of Tokyo, the Watanabe Residence, designed by architect Tadashi Murai, looks more like an imposing black box propped...

    written by: Julian Worrall
    photos by: Alessio Guarino

  17. Tree's Company

    Tree's Company

    Greening Los Angeles has long been Andy Lipkis’s dream. Greening his nonprofit’s Hollywood Hills campus is now a reality.

    written by: Aaron Britt

  18. From Commune to Commonplace

    From Commune to Commonplace

    Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

    written by: Christopher Bright
    photos by: Gabriela Hasbun

  19. 101 Manufacturing
    Design 101

    101 Manufacturing

    Manufacturing from conception to production and reproduction.

    written by: Virginia Gardiner

  20. Future Building

    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn

  21. The Trabecula Bench
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    The Trabecula Bench

    Freedom of Creation—In recent decades, computer-aided design (CAD) has transcended the screen, thanks to the advent of automatic fabrication, a process wherein three-dimensional objects take...

    written by: Virginia Gardiner
    photos by: Jens Passoth

  22. Teaching by Example

    Teaching by Example

    When the Charlottesville Waldorf School bought 13 undeveloped acres outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2002, the idea was simply to build a permanent home for the school’s 130 students,...

    written by: William Lamb

  23. Low-Tech Utopia

    Low-Tech Utopia

    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, which probably isn't an issue when the glass house is a commune.

    written by: Femke Bijlsma
    photos by: Alessio Guarino

  24. Pole Star

    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

  25. All Aboard
    House Tours

    All Aboard

    Helmut Jahn’s dynamic new supportive-housing facility brings green design and a new outlook on life to the Windy City.

    written by: Edward Lifson
    photos by: Andreas Larsson