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Fentress Redesigns Charleston Airport

Fentress Redesigns Charleston Airport

Sure, Curt Fentress has designed some of this nation’s most iconic and groundbreaking airports, tying them expertly to their own locales. Denver International, Los Angeles International and Raleigh-Durham International come immediately to mind. But there’s Charleston, S.C. too, where he recently re-imagined a little 1980s airport – transforming it from from so-so to spectacular – […]

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In Havana, a Necropolis for 2.3 Million

In Havana, a Necropolis for 2.3 Million

There may be 2.2 million citizens living in Havana, but there are 2.3 million buried in the city’s Necropolis of Colon cemetery. Guess which group is better taken care of? That’s right: The tombstones, vaults and graves dating back to the late 19th century are almost immaculately looked after, while many in Havana work extra […]

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A Private Tour of Hemingway’s Finca

A Private Tour of Hemingway’s Finca

There it was, larger than life. “When I saw I was clear I got on one knee, saw the bull through the aperture, marveling at how big he looked and then, remembering not to have it matter, that it was the same as any other shot, I saw the bead centered exactly where it should […]

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Five Unforgettable Days in Old Havana

Five Unforgettable Days in Old Havana

A few months before we left for Havana last week, an associate from the Hemingway Society posted a memorable and poignant comment on the group’s list-serv: “As you stroll into the lobby of the Ambos Mundos, you are struck by the spareness of the space…There is a piano just inside the doorway and in the […]

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Relighting Montreal’s Carmelite Chapel

Relighting Montreal’s Carmelite Chapel

Since 1875, contemplative prayer has been the order of the day in Montreal’s  Carmelite Chapel. The sisters of the Carmelite Chapel, the last in the city, use the structure mostly for their own purposes, but open it up to the public on Easter and Christmas. So when they wanted to refresh the interior of the […]

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SO-IL, BCJ Collaborate in California

SO-IL, BCJ Collaborate in California

A collaboration between two of the nation’s most innovative architecture firms – and one of the most well-known builders – has solved a one-of-a kind educational issue: How to introduce agriculture students to art. SO-IL, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (BCJ) and Whiting-Turner recently completed a design/build project at U.C. Davis – a museum that completes a […]

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Aesop’s Fables in Words and Drawings

Aesop’s Fables in Words and Drawings

Ah, the fables of Aesop. They’re thousands of years old. They were passed down in the oral tradition for centuries. And they still bear meaning today. Aesop – that is, if there really was an Aesop – is said to have lived from about 620 to 560 B.C., a slave on the Greek island of […]

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Terracotta Tile from Provence + China

Terracotta Tile from Provence + China

Sausalito-based Deborah Osburn, tile diva for the 21st century, has nailed it again. This time, she’s all about the terracotta tiles. Some of them are antique and from the farmhouses of Provence. Others are from China – new, but handmade in the traditional French manner. She calls the latter Belgian Black. “It’s a blackened clay […]

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An Eichler Updated for the 21st Century

An Eichler Updated for the 21st Century

Like the proverbial phoenix rising from the ashes, a new, multi-generational house in San Mateo has been built on top of the site of an Eichler home destroyed by fire. John Klopf, who by his own estimation has renovated at least 100 Eichlers, was its architect. “The owners bought it after it burned down,” he […]

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Thoughtful Design from Jeanne Gang

Thoughtful Design from Jeanne Gang

Sure, she designs site-specific tall buildings like the curvaceous, luscious Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, and the notched, jewel-like Solar Carve Tower on New York’s High Line. But Jeanne Gang and her Studio Gang place equal amounts of thought on the tiniest of projects too. Like the Polis Station on Chicago’s West Side. “It started […]

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