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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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A Public Park for More than Recreation

A Public Park for More than Recreation

The 3.25-acre park on the site of a proposed 50-story Miami Beach tower is more than a just a place to play. This landscape component at 500 Alton seeks to complement the city’s plans to install a series of pumping stations that will soon parallel the shores of Biscayne Bay. “We can provide room for [...]

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In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

In Miami Beach, 50 Stories and a Park

“Gigantic,” “Over-the-top” and “Controversial” are just three of the adjectives used thus far to describe 500 Alton, a new, 50-story residential tower that may one day hover above the entrance to Miami Beach. “Ambitious” might be added to the list as well. Sleekly designed by Perkins+Will, with a thoughtful and sustainable landscape design from Urban [...]

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Lush Minimalism from Keith Williams

Lush Minimalism from Keith Williams

An innate gift for design – coupled with an apprenticeship with landscape architect Mario Nievera – has paid off in spades for Keith Williams. He started with Nievera almost 17 years ago. “He taught me everything: drawing, line weight and pencils,” Williams says. “He threw it all at me.” At the time, the firm consisted [...]

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Mid-Century + Modern on Cape Cod

Mid-Century + Modern on Cape Cod

To paraphrase Scott Fitzgerald, there was no one on Cape Cod in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s – no one except Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, the Saarinens, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, Saul Steinberg, Diane Arbus, and Marlon Brando. More rustic than Fitzgerald’s Antibes of the 1920s, Cape Cod was just the right place to rough [...]

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