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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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In Chicago, It’s ‘Working in America’

In Chicago, It’s ‘Working in America’

It’s been 40 years since Studs Terkel published “Working,” his book packed full of 150 people talking about what they do all day and why they do it. Jane Saks – whose father was Terkel’s friend – has not forgotten that book. In fact,...

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Carolina Midcentury Modern at Auction

Carolina Midcentury Modern at Auction

A midcentury modern by esteemed Greensboro, N.C. architect Edward Lowenstein is up for auction. And it’s being lowballed – with a starting bid of $78,000. The Fayetteville home’s current tax value is at $280,317 – but it’s listed on the local MLS as...

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Measures of Wealth in Jackson Hole

Measures of Wealth in Jackson Hole

Hundreds, if not thousands, of 1921 Morgan Silver Dollars – the only ones ever minted in Denver, Colo. – are embedded into the bar at the Wort Hotel in Jackson Hole, Wyo. No one’s quite sure why, and that includes Matt White, director of sales at the classic,...

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Lost Wax Studio: Ancient and Organic

Lost Wax Studio: Ancient and Organic

If you’re going to tackle the international fashion industry, you might as well start with the best. And designer Tam Tran did precisely that – beginning with Tommy Hilfiger, just as he began to take off. “It was a great opportunity – I did everything, trying to figure...

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Super-Insulated and Passive Houses

Super-Insulated and Passive Houses

Once you’ve built a super-insulated, passive house, says architectural designer Julie Torres Moskovitz, it’s hard to go back. “Whatever I’m working on, I want it to be efficient and airtight,” she says. I can’t think of any other thing that would change your...

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