September 2006 Table of Contents

From the Editor
home of the brave? From the Editor home of the brave?

We may be the land of the free and the home of the brave, but we're not very free or very brave when it comes to designing our homes. Read more

Home Front
on the boards / tropical modern on the boards / tropical modern

At first glance, this minimalist house in Juba, Sudan, looks like it could slip into any design-conscious Los Angeles neighborhood. But its boxy volumes, open-air courtyards, and natural materials are designed for a very different cultural context. Read more

domestic tranquility domestic tranquility

One of the few prominent women architects in Norway during the last century, Wenche Selmer came of age during the post–World War II reconstruction boom. Read more

movable beast movable beast

Toronto-based Sustain Design Studio first envisioned the miniHome as an off-the-grid house, but building code and zoning constraints ushered the firm in a different direction. Read more

cultural exchange cultural exchange

Scott Allen, AIA, couldn't resist the chance to work on the Zhongkai Sheshan Villas, an on-the-boards residential development in the suburbs of Shanghai, China. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath austerity powers

Normally, Kogan would have extended the rich wood floors from the rest of the house into the master bathroom, “but in this case,” he says, “the clients wanted sterile and extreme.” What they got was a polished, durable oasis of white Brazilian marble that nearly blankets the room without overpowering it. Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen brazilia familiar

São Paulo, Brazil, native Márcio Kogan loves the cacophony of his hometown. The spirit of diversity that permeates this South American city allows the architect to peddle his unabashedly modern designs without fear of offending anyone. In fact, not a single eyebrow is raised (except in admiration) when one of his self-described “bold, classic, contemporary” houses goes up in São Paulo's tightly knit residential areas. Read more

Perspective
casa maya casa maya

where a house commission in honduras goes, adventure follows. Read more

Practice
Practice good vibes

Here are 12 tips for a schematic design checklist, adapted from Feng Shui: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers by Vincent M. Smith and Barbara Lyons Stewart, AIA. Read more

Practice original yin

Vincent M. Smith came to feng shui by way of the theater. A graduate of Harvard College and the Yale Law School, he practiced real estate law for 25 years while spending nights and weekends perfecting his first loves: acting, directing plays, and designing stage sets. Read more

Profiles
embedded architecture embedded architecture

It seems that countries known for their vast natural landscapes produce architects with an extraordinary sensitivity to site. Think Australia's Glenn Murcutt, whose buildings sit lightly on their fragile ecosystems. Or Brian MacKay-Lyons, FAIA, who's known for plainspoken materials and forms that draw on the rural building traditions of his native Nova Scotia. Read more

Doctor Spec
outer limits doctor spec outer limits

Any product junkie knows many innovative developments happen overseas. Another import now making incremental inroads in this country is the ventilated façade—a wall system many architects and building scientists cite as one of the most effective ways to clad a building. Read more

Products
new material new material new material

all the new that's fit to print. Read more

fit to be tiled off the shelf fit to be tiled

new ceramics reign in spain and are anything but plain. Read more

Digital Home
catch the a-bus digital home catch the a-bus

whole-house audio integration drives ahead. Read more

Other Articles
outside influences grape expectations

around the world in four very different houses. Read more

outside influences watership down under

around the world in four very different houses. Read more

outside influences school of rock

around the world in four very different houses. Read more

outside influences domain in spain

around the world in four very different houses. Read more

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