Renovate! Reuse! Recycle!

April 2007,
Vol. 07
Issue 05
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Breathing New Life Into Old Buildings
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Top Notch

Tom Hanks is not known for horror films, but his 1986 flop, The Money Pit, has a terrifying premise: A seemingly small renovation consumes a couple’s life, devouring their reserves of time,…

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Sun Mun Way Cool

In Los Angeles, California, a family of four inhabits a polychrome fantasia in the heart of Chinatown.

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Keep Your Eye on the Balto

Coffee shop and bakery owner Greg Martin kept baker’s hours to whip this chimerical Minneapolis building into a modern confection.

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One of Portland, Oregon’s, up-and-coming neighborhoods can thank a modern reinterpretation of a previously decrepit building for inspiring a wave of rather chic downtown development.

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Helsinki Rising

Brian Keaney of TonfiskDesign may be Irish, but his Finnish is flawless; he guides us through icecold Helsinki’s hot spots.

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Razing Arizona

Matthew Moore has found himself in the curious position of being both an artist and a fourth-generation farmer, working and living in the greater Phoenix area, one of the nation’s fastest-growing…

Hz so Good

Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried.

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Sushi chef Susumu Ueda Reviews 6 Energy-Efficient Refrigerators

The refrigerator in your kitchen may be humming a pricey song—to the tune of hundreds of dollars and thousands of kilowatts a year.

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From Commune to Commonplace

Tired of carting supplies back and forth from Ukiah to the commune where he lived in Northern California, John Schaeffer decided to start selling environmentally friendly wares himself.

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Sound Design

Years ago, the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas won a design competition for an addition to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) by suggesting the entire museum be torn down and replaced.