In Chicago’s Bucktown, Wood House

In Chicago’s Bucktown, Wood House

As if the concept – a palazzo with interior courtyard, inserted into Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood – wasn’t enough, there are also the lavish materials applied with restraint. Like copper, perforated and patinaed throughout. Roman and Norman brick, laid...

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Fifth Annual Matsumoto Competition

Fifth Annual Matsumoto Competition

The voting has begun. And not just in the presidential primaries. Architecture’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards, the public component of the Matsumoto Prize, await your vote as well. It’s the fifth year for the competition created by North Carolina Modernist...

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A Winning Design for the National Mall

A Winning Design for the National Mall

Three years ago, we posted this project – one of our all-time landscape design favorites – ¬†for the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It’s by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and it’s still awaiting a green light from the Architect of the Capitol, who clearly...

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A Thoughtful Pond at Duke University

A Thoughtful Pond at Duke University

This morning, I had an opportunity to tour Duke Pond in Durham with Mark Hough, Duke University’s landscape architect, Evan Grimm, landscape architect from Nelson Byrd Woltz, and Jim Caldwell, assistant director for water resources and infrastructure at McAdams. They are...

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A Renovation for a Marin County Barn

A Renovation for a Marin County Barn

A frozen pipe and a flood of water has spurred an innovative renovation to an early 20th-century barn in Marin County, Calif. “There was a deep freeze and the pipes burst,” says architect Heidi Richardson. “That doesn’t happen much in South Marin...

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100 Designs for the Modern World

100 Designs for the Modern World

George Kravis bought his first object of industrial design – an RCA 45 rpm record-changer – in 1949. He never looked back. In fact, he moved far forward, collecting more than 3,500 items that he now houses in a leased, climate-controlled, former Blue Cross/Blue...

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In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

In Durham, the New JB Duke Hotel

Durham is on a roll – with five new hotels in just the past two years. First came 21c, then the Durham, then Aloft, followed by a Residence Inn. Now comes JB Duke, adjacent to the Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, consistently named best in the nation by...

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In San Francisco, an Eichler Townhome

In San Francisco, an Eichler Townhome

Architect John Klopf, master of the Joseph Eichler home renovation in northern California, recently completed work on a novel version of the midcentury modern: It’s a 1962 two-story townhouse, the mirror image of its twin next door. “It’s cool even though...

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Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Twenty over Eighty: Living for Design

Here we have a story, as they say in the news business, with legs. And long ones, at that. Aileen Kwun and Bryn Smith have interviewed 20 of the greats in 20th-century design for their new book that covers the waterfront – from graphic design to architecture to advertising...

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At Penland in Carolina, a New Gallery

At Penland in Carolina, a New Gallery

The Penland School of Crafts, a jewel in the crown of Western North Carolina, now boasts new exhibition space in what was once a 1930s-era dormitory. The renovation is by Chapel Hill architect Dail Dixon, who also designed an addition for the structure. “We asked him to...

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