January 2006 Table of Contents

From the Editor
From the Editor go ahead and break some rules

a substantial part of an architect's job is to ensure compliance with building codes, zoning regulations, architectural guidelines. Read more

Home Front
Home Front urban league

Homebuilders have long plied their trade in the nation's green-lawned suburbs and exurbs. Now they're turning their gazes to its cities. Read more

K+B Studio
off the shelf simply perfect

Materials in this Houston master bath are not unusual: marble for wet areas, slate floors for slip resistance, and warm walnut cabinetry protected by marine-grade polyurethane. The layout is straightforward: steam shower, soaking tub, and toilet in a row Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen raising L

The residents of this Palm Desert, Calif., home wanted a kitchen design that would allow them to enjoy their meals al fresco. As grandparents, they also wanted a room where they could stay connected with the grandchildren. Their son, the architect, grante Read more

custom for less custom for less

My wife, Sherry, and I had embarked on an experiment: to design and build a 2,800-square-foot custom home on a budget of $50 per square foot (or $300,000, including land costs). Although it seemed idealistic, we considered the task possible if we did some Read more

Practice dream teams

Santa Monica, Calif.-based Pugh + Scarpa calls itself a boutique firm—smallish, creative, and eclectic in the kinds of jobs it likes to take on. Its portfolio includes an array of nationally acclaimed work—from the sculptural Dwell House II and the energy Read more

change agent

Chapin knows that the loose edges of towns, with their mind-numbing mazes of streets, cannot be improved simply by sending out talented architects. Innovative solutions must come from better planning. Read more

Architects' Choice
wide angle Architects' Choice wide angle

Tobler Duncker: The Superior TM-4500 by Lennox Hearth Products, a clean-face wood-burning fireplace with a large opening, eliminates the need for costly masonry construction. Read more

agri culture Architects' Choice agri culture

Tobler Duncker: Copper Sales' metal exterior products' "simple quality serves the modern representation of the ranch/agricultural vernacular." Read more

hover craft Architects' Choice hover craft

Tobler Duncker: Duravit's Darling wall-mounted toilet, available in five colors, for is simple, well-designed and maximizes space. Read more

Doctor Spec
prodigal sun doctor spec prodigal sun

Architects David Arkin, AIA, and Anni Tilt installed a solar system on their northern California home eight years ago, and judging from the results they've seen, there's little doubt they would do it again. Read more

sensible sensor sensible sensor

The Modern Smoke Detector by San Francisco-based Architectural Devices brings good looks to a mundane product. Read more

wide by side New Material wide by side

This double-wide refrigerator is actually two 24-inch-wide units joined by a built-in trim kit. Read more

lovely flat New Material lovely flat

Good hardware is tough to find, but flush-mounted pieces are particularly elusive. Read more

inside story off the shelf inside story

The line's manufacturer offers funky designs in finishes ranging from dark bronze and brushed or satin nickel to polished brass and bright chrome. Read more

less is door off the shelf less is door

The Cutler Anderson Collection of hardware for the home, designed by architect James Cutler in partnership with Reveal Designs, includes door levers, passage sets, and alluringly unassuming cabinet pulls. Read more

round again Off the Shelf round again

Beach Pebble cabinet pulls from SpectraDécor are smooth circles of 100 percent recycled glass on a lead-free pewter base. Read more

right angles Off the Shelf right angles

Available in black leather, faux crocodile, and cocoa-brown washable suede, Atlas Homewares' Paradigm collection spices up kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. Read more

absolute steel off the shelf absolute steel

Designed to blend with high-end stainless steel appliances, Providence Artworks' Absolute Zero Collection of cabinet and drawer pulls are made of solid stainless steel so finishes won't chip off or wear away. Read more

casting call Off the Shelf casting call

The Marcel line of hardware from hip designers Jeffrey Goodman and Steven Charlton combines traditional sand-casting craftsmanship with contemporary flair. Read more

Digital Home

In a tract-home development, electronics subcontractors have the luxury of designing in a predictable array of audio systems, home networking gear, and maybe a home theater. They offer cookie-cutter packages, and then home buyers either opt in or out of t Read more

End Quotes
what's your favorite industrial product? what's your favorite industrial product?

The Apple cordless mouse. You don't need a desk; you can put it on any smooth surface and use it. Apple just knows how to produce attractive designs for functional objects. Read more

Other Articles
double vision

First-time developer John Bertsch saw potential in a canyonside lot in San Diego's posh Mission Hills neighborhood, and he detected a hunger for progressive design in the local housing market. Read more

high society

The Highland Parks community sits along a ridge in central Oregon's high alpine desert. The sloping site dips east, where a verdant valley gives way to remote scenes of the Ochoco National Forest's mountain majesty. Architect Joel Severud found ways to ta Read more

good neighbors

a group of houses may appear beautiful and well maintained, but if the houses don't contain people, it's not going to seem like much of a community. Read more

city rhythms city rhythms

Urban infill is perhaps the most important housing typology an architect can pursue. Not only does it promote density, it repairs decaying communities, creates new neighborhoods, and utilizes existing infrastructure. Read more

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