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A Deck of Cards by Spanish Architects

Now is not the most opportune time for young, recently graduated architects in Spain. Just ask Pedro Mena and Miguel Raban Mondejar, currently living in Seville. “The profession is difficult right now – in Europe,and Spain specifically,” Mena says. “After the crisis, construction has come to a halt – there’s no new building so we [...]

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A Renewed, Classic Eichler Residence

A Renewed, Classic Eichler Residence

Between the late 1940s and the mid-sixties, Joseph Eichler managed to build more than 11,000 mid-century modern homes in California. Renovating them has become a cottage industry for San Francisco-based Klopf Architecture. “There’s something very minimal and clear about them that we like, and we try to keep that in the renovations we do,” says [...]

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Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Blair Kamin’s ‘Gates of Harvard Yard’

Gates today, says Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin, have a perception problem. “The word itself is ambiguous,” he says. “A gate can pen you in and keep you out.” Nowhere is that more evident than in Cambridge, Mass., where a series of 25 gates handsomely frame the perimeter of the Harvard campus. Kamin’s new [...]

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In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

In D.C., an Exhibition of Paper Models

Let’s say you’re a retired architect who’s been collecting – or possibly obsessing over – paper models since you were a kid in the 1940s. You’ve got 4,600 of them. From 50 states and multiple countries. And they’re taking up a lot of space in your home. What do you do with them? If you’re [...]

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Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Zellige: Terra Cotta Tile from Morocco

Just how old is the Moroccan technology that produces Zellige tile? “Centuries and centuries and centuries,” says San Francisco-based cle tile’s Deborah Osburn. “We’re probably talking the 8th century, and the product hasn’t changed at all.” Nor has the technique of its makers. Artisans in Morocco will grab a slice of earth, dry it in [...]

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‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

‘Kiddo’ Mosaics from New Ravenna

Cean Irminger loves whimsy, bright colors and intricate patterns – and it shows in her new line of mosaics from New Ravenna. Called “Kiddo,” it’s aimed at children. And adults with a sly sense of humor. Llamas and foxes prance across Otomi, named for the fabled Mexican textile design, with hand cut glass replacing embroidery stitches; What’s In [...]

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A Green RFK Campus for Washington

A Green RFK Campus for Washington

Soon, the 190-acre RFK Campus in Washington, D.C. will begin a transition from parking lot to green space. Two new concepts from OMA propose ways to provide connections to nearby neighborhoods, to the city and to a pair of islands in the Anacostia River. In essence, they seek to transform the nature of the area [...]

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In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

In San Diego, a Long, Low Bungalow

Long and low, Casa 10 is a home organized around a single horizontal beam. It was designed in 1957 by noted San Diego architect Russell Forester, who studied with Mies at IIT in Chicago – and who also designed an early prototype for the Jack in the Box restaurant chain. Now this midcentury modern, one [...]

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Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Main Stay by Matt Fajkus Architecture

The newest residence by Austin-based Matt Fajkus Architecture is all about the walls. They separate. They consolidate.  And they liberate one space from another. “The main driver is trying to develop a series of thresholds in masonry that separate the public and common and private realms of the house,” says Matt Fajkus, founder of the [...]

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Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

Modernism on Display at the Bechtler

HB2 notwithstanding, the modern movement is alive and well in North Carolina. And what better venue could there be for an exhibition of the virtues of that aesthetic than Mario Botta’s 2010 terra cotta-clad Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in forward-thinking Charlotte? The House that Modernism Built looks not just at modernism in all its [...]

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