May 2009 Table of Contents

From the Editor
From the Editor living large

How small a space do you think you could live in—happily and for a long period of time? Read more

Home Front
stock exchange

At one point or another, almost every residential architect dreams of providing well-designed, affordable homes to the masses. Some try to reach this goal through prefab, while others become developers themselves. Read more

living the “i” lifeliving the “i” life

Is it possible to build a truly affordable modern, sustainable home? Read more

tennessee squiretennessee squire

What happens when a former city planner puts his time, effort, and money where his mouth is? The first LEED Platinum housing in Tennessee. Read more

Green Piece
green piece a bright idea

When Keith Collins called on Kaplan Thompson Architects to design an outbuilding for his wife, Mary, it seemed like a straightforward commission. Read more

strand and delivergreen pieces strand and deliver

Strands of bamboo are bonded with earth-friendly adhesive to give Teragren's Synergy floating floor a completely different look. Read more

xceptional lightinggreen pieces xceptional lighting

Lightolier claims its Xceed compact fluorescent recessed lighting series showcases the latest advances in energy-efficient technology. Read more

natura nadagreen pieces natura nada

The Natura line of no-VOC paints comes in 3,500 colors and three sheens. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath chamber plot

Neal Schwartz, AIA, describes the original master suite in this Bay Area Mission-style house as “a weird warren of rooms where you had to walk through the closet to get to the master bath.” Read more

K + B Studio / Kitchen can-do attitude

San Francisco is famous for its Victorian row houses, which typically feature small, dark kitchens tucked in at the back. Neal Schwartz, AIA, remodeled one such kitchen for a family of four that cooks almost every night and makes canning fresh produce an Read more

Practice
the new networkingPractice the new networking

There's a lot of hype around online schmoozing, to be sure, and some see it as a trendy Internet time drain. But there's evidence that it can be a powerful professional ally—especially for small firms and independent practitioners. Read more

Projects
small + green suburban renewal

Before choosing a single material or product for his own house in Redondo Beach, Calif., designer Robert Sweet was well on his way to creating a sustainable dwelling. Read more

small + green stone unturned

Candid Rogers, AIA, fell in love with a two-room stone house built in 1873. When the architect decided to renovate the tiny structure as his own home, he honored its intimate feel with a similarly compact 960-square-foot addition. Read more

small + green the lady revived

The Victorian terrace house is a common typology in Melbourne, Australia. Read more

small + green

When designing with sustainability in mind, it doesn't hurt to also think small. Read more

Shelter Lab
Shelter Lab baja fresh

Off-the-grid living is the one and only option at this improvised vacation home in Baja California, Mexico. Read more

Doctor Spec
Gray Mattersdoctor spec Gray Matters

Mark Larson, AIA, looks forward to the day when a client gives the green light on graywater harvesting, a system that allows homeowners to capture and reuse wastewater. Read more

Products
alter egoalter ego

Inspired by traditional Murano glass chandeliers, the Tropico from Foscarini is a modular suspension lamp that can be configured in different shapes and sizes. Read more

art nouveau richeart nouveau riche

The Tracciato Collection of luxury tiles features decorative etchings hand-laid with genuine gold and silver leaf, then hand-waxed and buffed to a natural patina. Read more

control yourselfcontrol yourself

Danze's new Thermostatic Shower System includes a high-flow ¾-inch thermostatic valve and separate ¾-inch ceramic disc controls. Read more

sea faresea fare

Swiss manufacturer LAUFEN's new Palomba Collection by Italian designers Ludovica and Roberto Palomba draws inspiration from the sea, blending the organic with the contemporary. Read more

cheap chiccheap chic

Looking for an affordable countertop? Teragren says bamboo is the answer. Read more

dual identitydual identity

Italian cooking products manufacturer Bertazzoni has expanded its line to include this 30-inch dual-fuel range. Read more

Workspace
workspace front studio

When Front Studio renovated its downtown New York City office, principals Yen Ha, LEED AP, and Michi Yanagishita applied a light but sure hand. "We try not to be overly fussy," Ha says of the firm's general design approach. Read more

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