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All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

All Aboard Florida: Back to the Future

It may be the most ambitious intercity passenger rail project in the nation today. By the end of 2016, All Aboard Florida will connect Orlando to Miami, with intermediate stops in West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “By connecting Central and South Florida, in a way we’re going back to the future, because it was [...]

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In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

In Minnesota, Sanborn Canoe Paddles

Armed with a degree in painting and no small sense of style, Zak Fellman set out in 2009 to build himself a canoe. And a paddle. But while his canoe is a mostly a recreational outlet these days, his paddle-making has evolved into a full-time business called Sanborn Canoe Paddles. “We’ve made hundreds – maybe [...]

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Filling Station

Leave it to Frank Lloyd Wright to re-imagine the filling station. In 1927. Up ‘til then, a gas station was a fairly simple affair – usually a primitive wooden shack with an outhouse behind it. But Wright, commissioned by the Tydol Gas Company for a new design, had other ideas – like a cantilevered canopy [...]

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Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Six Winners in Matsumoto Competition

Three jury-selected modern homes and three “people’s choice” houses are the winners in the 2014 Matsumoto Prize competition in North Carolina. The six homes – from Durham, Leicester, Asheville, Wilmington, Raleigh, and Charlotte – made the final cut from a total of 12 entries. The competition, the third in as many years, is sponsored by North Carolina [...]

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Artisan Army Attacks Craftsman Home

Artisan Army Attacks Craftsman Home

Ray Adamyk calls them his “artisan army.” They number about 150, some of them salaried and others hourly. They work with him at Spectra Company Restorations, and they’re said to be the best on the West Coast. When it came time to restore the Gamble (of Proctor & Gamble) House in Pasadena, they took it [...]

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Clean, White and Modern in Escena

Clean, White and Modern in Escena

Sure, the site’s to die for. It’s Palm Springs, after all. There’s the lush backdrop of the Escena Golf Course just outside the pool in the back yard. And rising beyond that are the rugged, purple peaks of the San Jacinto Mountains. But it’s the interior of this model home, known as B3, that takes [...]

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A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

A Poetic, Modern Villa in Palm Springs

Schooled in architecture and music at Berkeley and Harvard, Anthony Poon was studying modernism in the mid-1980s when post-modernism was all the rage. But the discipline of Harvard’s Bauhaus regimen clearly won out. “I was drawing with incredible rigor,” he says. “It was a very academic approach.” Still, in his Modern Villa, designed with developer [...]

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A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

A Zen Masterpiece, a Reasonable Price

In 2005, fresh from selling his substantial portfolio of residential real estate in downtown Dallas, developer Andrew Adler moved to California. Wisely, he waited. When the bubble in the housing market burst, he began to look around. And he found a development in Palm Springs, one built around a Jack Nicklaus golf course, and in [...]

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In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

In Wuhan, Mixed Use from 5+design

Wuhan is a second-tier city of 15 million people in China, poised on the cusp of greatness. And 5+design, out of Hollywood, Calif., is on hand to help. The company announced this week that ground has been broken on Park Place, a mixed-use project set within the Shui On Land Wuhan Yongqing master plan. “Wuhan [...]

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In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

In Meatpacking District, Abattoir to Art

Fresh out of Cooper Union in 1979 and armed with a degree in fine arts and a major in photography, Brian Rose set out to photograph New York. He shot the Lower East Side, landed a grant to shoot the Financial District, then took on Central Park for the Conservancy when it was in its [...]

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