Back to Basics

November 2009,
Vol. 10
Issue 01
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Modern Goes Country

Extended Content

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Luyanda Mpahlwa

In Mitchell’s Plain township in Cape Town, South Africa, living conditions are harsh. The congested urban landscape pushes kids into the streets to play.

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The Frozen Fountain

Though some might say that you can’t buy good taste, Cok de Rooy has built a career out of doing just that.

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Passive Acceptance

Virtually unknown in the United States, Passive Houses are starting to make a big impression with their small footprints.

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Emiliano Godoy

Sustainable design isn’t merely a catchphrase for Mexico City–based industrial designer Emiliano Godoy.

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Farm Fresh

Nobody ever said farming was easy, but the rewards of a homegrown harvest are great.

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Modern Wooden A-Frame Retreat in France

Like a little chapel on the prairie, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache’s simply elegant retreat in the tiny Normandy town of Auvillier is a modern play on centuries-old forms and technology.

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First-Class Cabins

From the familiar log model to Swiss chalets and Swedish friggebods, cabins are the simplest of structures, made from local materials in forms that respond to climatic and cultural needs.

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Sunday Styles

The cathedrals, mosques, and synagogues of the Old World still occupy the most hallowed ground of ecclesiastical architecture, but a rather unorthodox American sect can lay claim to the best in…

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Rick Prelinger Evaluates Modern Media Storage

Though the contents of every cassette, LP, and VHS tape you've ever owned can now fit inside a gadget the size of a tie clip, your plasma TV and subwoofer still need a resting place.

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Tallinn, Estonia

Since the fall of the USSR, Tallinn has managed to look unblinkingly to the future while still retaining vital elements of its past.

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Bringing It All Back Home

Relying on local materials, local craftsmen, and the land her family has farmed for over two centuries, a New Yorker rediscovers her Midwestern roots.