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April 27, 2016
For our upcoming issue we visit homes across the world that have integrated automation systems that help residents track environmental temperature, security, music, and more. We also explore some of the most exciting technology-driven developments happening today.
A pair of tech industry veterans worked with architect Christi Azevedo to turn a 1970s stick-frame house in San Francisco

A pair of tech industry veterans worked with architect Christi Azevedo to turn a 1970s stick-frame house in San Francisco’s Noe Valley into a showcase for home automation. A Netatmo weather station, solar panels, and Nest thermostats help the couple do everything from control conditions in their wine room to charge their electric car. 

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LEED Gold Certified home in a historic mining neighborhood of Aspen is a modern take on the 19th-century cabins that dot the area

Sarah Broughton and John Rowland’s LEED Gold Certified home in a historic mining neighborhood of Aspen is a modern take on the 19th-century cabins that dot the area. The architect couple installed a Savant home automation system to keep an eye on energy consumption, operate keyless door locks, and stream music for the parties and gatherings they love to host. 

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A modern farmhouse in Texas

“A farmhouse on the front, modernized in the back,” is how architect Todd Hamilton describes the residence he and Scott Slagle designed for a pair of builders in Dallas, Texas. An efficient layout was important to the clients, but so was installing the RTI and Lutron home-automation systems that perform tedious everyday chores—like opening and closing the TimberBlind shades on nearly all the house’s 29 windows—easily and without complaint. 

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iffany Bowie of Malboeuf Bowie Architecture helped her engineer father build his dream automated home in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood

Tiffany Bowie of Malboeuf Bowie Architecture helped her engineer father build his dream automated home in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. The Passive House–certified structure uses a Kirio prototype operating system to connect all its automated features. Pushing the boundaries of energy conservation, the house uses 90 percent less energy than its neighbors do. 

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A young couple’s residence in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood

What started as a desire to gain space for an art collection and entertaining ended as a near-gut renovation and smart-tech overhaul for this young couple’s residence in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Working with architects Jeffrey Day and E.B. Min, they updated their town house with a system that controls everything from heating and lighting to blinds, music, TVs, and security. 

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The Big U by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group)

We examine the topic of smart cities from a range of scales—from the place of wearable technology and parametric furniture design in an urban setting, to underground-cooling systems in Helsinki, driverless cars in Gothenburg, an otherworldly garden bridge in London, and a wonderland megastructure set to guard all of Lower Manhattan from impending natural disasters. 

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A pair of tech industry veterans worked with architect Christi Azevedo to turn a 1970s stick-frame house in San Francisco

A pair of tech industry veterans worked with architect Christi Azevedo to turn a 1970s stick-frame house in San Francisco’s Noe Valley into a showcase for home automation. A Netatmo weather station, solar panels, and Nest thermostats help the couple do everything from control conditions in their wine room to charge their electric car. 

Photo by Carlos Chavarría.

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