September 2009 Table of Contents

From the Editor
work on your welcome

Do potential clients turn away before they reach your door? Read more

Home Front
making a scene making a scene

San Francisco-based landscape architect Andrea Cochran, FASLA, has built a reputation for composing poetic and sometimes whimsical landscapes and gardens. Read more

filming julius shulman

The late Julius Shulman's architectural photos—and his life story, for that matter—possess an indisputably cinematic quality. Now that camera-ready essence is captured in an actual movie, the award-winning documentary VISUAL ACOUSTICS. Read more

experiencing architecture experiencing architecture

The Landmark Trust has long made it possible for devotees of Britain's traditional architecture to rent historic homes by the week. Soon the public will have a similar opportunity to experience top-flight contemporary homes. Read more

Green Piece
rock solid rock solid

Roxul ComfortBatt, a stone wool exterior wall insulation made from basalt rock and recycled slag, is now available in the U.S. market. Read more

posts on the wall posts on the wall

National Gypsum Co. has launched a website for building professionals that explains the green components of its products. Read more

old kentucky-honed old kentucky-honed

Bourbon Boards specializes in salvaged building products from decommissioned commercial structures. Read more

town architect

Anyone strolling past the new Portland, Maine, office of Richard Renner | Architects can see there's something going on here. Read more

K+B Studio
K + B Studio / Bath the chameleon

The context of its setting—an 18th-century barn renovated as a residence—makes this modern master bath look more modern still. Read more

short order K + B Studio / Kitchen short order

This pint-sized space presented architect Brandon Pace, AIA, LEED AP, with an outsized challenge: design a functional, comfortable, and stylish kitchen in the volume many new houses would devote to a walk-in closet. Read more

reaching out reaching out

Good professional advice is often elusive. It might come from a trusted mentor, a members-only round table, or an informal group of savvy peers, but you have to make the effort to go out and find it. Read more

terra firma outside in terra firma

Bill Mackey, RA, and his wife, Rachel Yaseen, are true urbanists. The Tucson, Ariz., residents don't own a car, preferring instead to walk or to get around on bicycles or via a golf cart—which, apparently, is street-legal there. Read more

garden variety outside in garden variety

For Andrew Curtis, LEED AP, and Sophie Robitaille, RLA, ASLA, a Philadelphia renovation was the ultimate test of their relationship. The husband-and-wife team weren't married at the time, and this was their first collaborative project for a client. Read more

internal logic outside in internal logic

“The only lots left to build on in San Francisco are these impossible lots that nobody can build on,” says architect Craig Steely. Well, almost nobody. Read more

Shelter Lab
space savvy

Michael Fifield, AIA, principal of Fifield Architecture + Urban Design in Eugene, Ore., believes true sustainable design must address the problem of land consumption. Read more

oh, what a light oh, what a light

Designed specifically for low-voltage systems, the Lumière Cambria 203 LED allows halogen and LED fixtures to be integrated on the same 12-volt circuit. Read more

teak performance teak performance

These teak deck tiles from Dallas-based East Teak Fine Hardwoods can be used to retrofit an old stone patio or to create a completely new deck area. Read more

burn notice burn notice

Spark, the manufacturer of unconventional modern gas fireplaces, now offers a burner system–dubbed the Linear Burner System Outdoor–that allows architects to bring the same styling outdoors. Read more

bench warmer–web-extra! bench warmer–web-extra!

The Palisade bench brings a warm, angular look to exterior projects. Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Landscape Forms crafts the bench from blocks of solid jarrah or redwood fastened with internal steel rods. Read more

wabi-sabi–web-extra! wabi-sabi–web-extra!

Stone Forest says stone basins date back to Shinto shrines, where they held water for ritual cleansing. Read more

out of this world–web-extra! out of this world–web-extra!

The SS510 Series is a line of stainless steel lights designed for underwater applications. Read more

great outdoors–web-extra! great outdoors–web-extra!

Wallingford, Conn.-based Danver says its stainless steel outdoor cabinets are engineered to withstand the weather. Read more

wa design

Ten years ago, David Stark Wilson jumped at the chance to purchase a tiny parcel of land at the industrial western edge of his Berkeley, Calif., hometown. Since then his five-person firm, WA Design, has designed and built three structures on the roughly 0.4-acre site, each time relocating into its newest creation. Read more

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