In Boulder, Arch11′s Commercial Infill

In Boulder, Arch11′s Commercial Infill

The last infill site on 19th-century Walnut Street in Boulder, Colo. is now occupied by a building that works in context while speaking a 21st century language. “We wanted it to react to the solidity of the street but also to work within the proportions and cadence of the...

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An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

An Asheville Bauhaus Legacy Expands

A 2014 grant got the ball rolling. Then a museum opened at 56 Broadway in 2015. Now the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM + AC) is expanding across the street in hip, tiny but growing Asheville, N.C. – with an architectural installation. It’s riding...

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Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

Sara Baldwin’s Gilt by Association

One of our all-time  favorite artisans is Sara Baldwin, who has a studio and operation on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. She is, in fact, the largest employer in the town of Exmore, and she makes exquisite mosaics from exotic materials imported from all four corners of the...

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Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

Discovering the Fine Art of Mailboxes

James Cutler was a 19th-century Rochester architect known not for his buildings, but his innovative contribution to the skyscraper. He invented the mailbox and its accompanying chute for tall buildings, with a patent approved in 1883. “Cutler presented his patent at a...

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Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Balthazar Korab’s Architectural Images

Photographer Balthazar Korab led a charmed life, if an initially difficult one. “His life story is as fascinating as his work,” says John Comazzi, who’s written and published a book with Princeton Architectural Press on Korab’s work. He was born in Budapest in 1926. His...

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Living with Nature on Bald Head Island

Living with Nature on Bald Head Island

Armed with a Ph. D in coastal oceanography, Suzanne Dorsey is leading the charge in learning to live with nature on a barrier island, through the Bald Head Island Conservancy. “Nobody’s out in front of us,” she says about the conservancy’s research and education...

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Xavier Nuez Shoots Alleys and Ruins

Xavier Nuez Shoots Alleys and Ruins

Seeking solace and confronted with the possibility of life on the streets 20 years ago, Xavier Nuez did what any photographer might do: “I was shooting a lot at night, and I walked down an area just to be alone,” he says. “I ended up where there’s no one – at the end...

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In South Korea, a New ‘Forest of Light’

In South Korea, a New ‘Forest of Light’

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, the new Asia Cultural Center (ACC) in Gwangju, South Korea memorializes one of the nation’s darker days. Called Forest of Light, it’s designed by Korean-born, Boston-based architect Kyu Sung Woo. It centers on a...

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Cecil Ross Pinsent’s Infinity of Graces

Cecil Ross Pinsent’s Infinity of Graces

One of my all-time favorite books on landscape architecture came out in 2013. It’s by Ethne Clarke and it covers the work of Cecil Ross Pinsent in Italy during the early years of the 20th century. His work was elegantly understated, but lush. So is Clarke’s book,...

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Vetro Vero’s True and Colorful Glass

Vetro Vero’s True and Colorful Glass

As I walked the floor of the Architectural Digest Design Show back in 2013, I came across a booth that featured some of the most elegant hand-blown glass imaginable. I picked up a business card and when I got back to the office, I made a call to the owners of Vetro Vero, and...

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In Indonesia, a Modern, Floating Home

In Indonesia, a Modern, Floating Home

Surely, no houseboat on the planet can match the sleek luxury of Polish-trained architect Dmitr Malcew’s Floating House, unveiled in 2014.  A concept home designed to coexist with small islands while it rests gently on the water, this one’s about building bonds between...

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BCJ’s Environmental Education Center

BCJ’s Environmental Education Center

It’s a marriage of landscape and design, history and sustainability: The largest park in the city of Pittsburgh is about to debut a new environmental educational center designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and landscape architects LaQuatra Bonci Associates. Frick...

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A New Georgian Revival in Greenwich

A New Georgian Revival in Greenwich

Twenty-eight years ago, fresh out of Penn State with his newly minted architecture degree, Chuck Hilton set up practice in Greenwich, Conn. There was one drawback though. “I was trained in modern sensibilities and when I got here in the 1980s, no one wanted anything...

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