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  1. Best Modern Desert Houses
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    Best Modern Desert Houses

    Few climates offer the extreme heat and extreme cold (all in one day) of the desert. Throw in the fact that they're sparsely populated, offer few municipal services, and are often in the middle of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.20.13

  2. 7 Winning Outdoor Furniture Designs
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    7 Winning Outdoor Furniture Designs

    Whether it's rainy and humid, or a dry, sweltering day, these designs are not only elegant additions to an outdoor space, they're made to withstand the elements.

    written by: Aileen Kwun
    06.16.15

  3. 5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging
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    5 Urban Rooftops Made For Lounging

    These designs elevate city living with an outdoor view fit for the summer season.

    written by: Aileen Kwun
    06.05.15

  4. 7 Backyard Escapes and Retreats We Love
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    7 Backyard Escapes and Retreats We Love

    From studios, to guest rooms, lounge areas, and practice spaces, these space-efficient backyard structures provide a small sojourn from the everyday, just steps away from home.

    written by: Aileen Kwun
    06.10.15

  5. 8 Cool Aboveground Pools
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    8 Cool Aboveground Pools

    These raised pools will have you rethinking your cannonball strategy.

    written by: Andrea Smith
    04.24.15

  6. 8 Wraparound Porches and Balconies
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    8 Wraparound Porches and Balconies

    Take a look at how these eight homes extend livable space beyond their interiors with wraparound porches and balconies.

    written by: Andrea Smith
    05.29.15

  7. 8 Modern Homes with Breezeways
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    8 Modern Homes with Breezeways

    Take a look at how these eight houses connect their freestanding interior spaces with outdoor corridors.

    written by: Andrea Smith
    06.01.15

  8. Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway
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    Bay Area Ipe-Clad Backyard Getaway

    An angled deck transforms a backyard in Menlo Park, California, into a welcoming gathering spot.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ike Edeani
    03.26.14

  9. A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape
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    A Design-Minded Solution to a Narrow Landscape

    With aptly applied angular concrete details and ornamental plantings, landscape architect Terence Lee transforms his slender Northern California backyard.

    written by: Diana Budds
    01.03.14

  10. An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland
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    An Award-Winning Landscape Design in Portland

    Portland, Oregon–based studio Mayer/Reed won a 2013 Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its work on Bud Clark Commons, a supportive housing project in the city's Pearl...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.13.13

  11. 6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces
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    6 Sublimely Serene Outdoor Spaces

    The call of the wild is impossible to resist in these six patios, backyards, and gardens that offer a retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

    written by: Diana Budds
    06.26.14

  12. 5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi
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    5 Public Landscapes of Isamu Noguchi

    With a body of work spanning sculpture, dance, furniture, lightning, and landscapes, Isamu Noguchi is one of the most revered figures in the 20th-century canon. Buckminster Fuller once called...

    written by: Diana Budds
    09.20.13

  13. Secret Garden
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    Secret Garden

    In Arlington, Virginia, architecture firm Höweler + Yoon contends with spatial and budgetary constraints to carve a microcourtyard, complete with Japanese maples and a cascading concrete fountain,...

    written by: Diana Budds
    03.05.13

  14. SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design
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    SLO Architecture's Dwell Vision Award–Winning Design

    Our inaugural award for design innovation goes to a firm whose architectural orb is lean, green, and buoyant.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    03.04.14

  15. 7 Front Yards That Make you Want to Live Outside
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    7 Front Yards That Make you Want to Live Outside

    Houses from Houston to Hamburg that feature verdant front yards prime for playing, lounging, and more.

    written by: Diana Budds
    02.03.15

  16. Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden
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    Austin's Casis Elementary School Teaching Garden

    Architect Burton Baldridge donated his services to Casis Elementary, his daughter’s large public school in Austin, Texas, to design and build an outdoor classroom that would augment an organic...

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Casey Dunn
    02.27.14

  17. Thibault’s Follies
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    Thibault’s Follies

    Quebec City architect Pierre Thibault has designed three Habitats Légers, or Light Habitats­—small structures installed in the landscape and meant as creative retreats. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.04.09

  18. Botanical Garden Pavilion
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    Botanical Garden Pavilion

    When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, architect and University of Kentucky lecturer Mike McKay felt the pull to go down to the Big Easy to help with a task that was anything but easy:...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    03.23.10

  19. Chicken Chapel
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    Chicken Chapel

    Architect Keith Moskow grew up doing grunt construction work. His dad was a builder and after his first year of college, he helped build their family's summer home. "I was doing lowly work,...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.20.11

  20. 7 Tremendous Tree Houses
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    7 Tremendous Tree Houses

    Symbolic of both blissful childhood and the threshold between humanity and nature, tree houses hold a unique position in the world of modern architecture and design. We take a look at some of the...

    written by: Jordan Plaut
    07.12.12

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. Master Stroke
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    Master Stroke

    In Santa Monica, California, where pools are plenty but not always eye-pleasing, Padraic Cassidy lifted one 30 inches off the ground­—dramatically elevating its aesthetic appeal.

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: David Allee
    01.04.11

  24. 7 Outdoor Design Ideas
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    7 Outdoor Design Ideas

    For some, the Great Outdoors might mean rugged mountains, untrammeled forests, or wide-open plains. The residents of these seven homes managed to carve out their own great outdoor retreats—a...

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.03.12

  25. The High Life
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    The High Life

    Tired of being terrestrially housebound? Four homes go out on a limb and find their place in the trees.  

    written by: James Nestor
    04.20.09

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