August 2015

Design Solutions for Oddly Shaped Backyards (12 photos)

While oddly shaped backyards present design challenges, their imperfections make them so much more interesting than cookie-cutter square or rectangular gardens. The key to landscaping a rear yard that’s tiny, narrow, sloped or not quite symmetrical is to embrace its…

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The fine art of playing – Artists on Play


Words Rebecca Swirsky

Amid the glitz of London's Frieze Art Fair, a four-year-old studies an oversized dice scored with black holes, from which children are intermittently appearing. 'Normally you'd roll a dice,' he tells…

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Kitchen Confidential: The Case for Corbels (15 photos)

Corbels aren’t a new invention by any means, but the ways in which we incorporate these structural and decorative brackets into our kitchen designs are ever-evolving. In fact, corbels are one of the more versatile interior design…

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Shop Houzz: An Elegant White Kitchen (67 photos)

Struggling with the best way to bring modern and traditional together in your kitchen? Perhaps you’ve got modern appliances and traditional cabinets, or maybe you want to add classic style to your modern-day kitchen. Whatever your traditional-meets-modern design dilemma is,…

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Developing the Cure for Corporate Welfare

Michael Shuman says Philadelphia’s Reading Terminal Market is an example of a “pollinator business,” a smart economic development model. (Photo by Eugene Kim)

Philadelphians don’t exactly need another reason to love the Reading Terminal Market, the city’s one-hundred-plus-year-old…

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4 Cities Get $3 Million Each for Placemaking Projects

(Credit: Fairmount Park Conservancy)

Often, placing a sculpture in a public square, or hanging a painting in a community center right before the ribbon-cutting ceremony are part of the “finishing touches” of urban planning. But arts-and-culture-focused nonprofit ArtPlace…

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Less Claritin, More Allergy-Free City Parks?

Researchers looking at how public space landscaping affects allergy sufferers studied Garcia Lorca Park in Granada, Spain. (Photo by Ikimashoo)

Park lovers prone to allergies could have a way to enjoy outdoor public spaces without heavy medicine doses.…

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U.S. Transportation Officials Cheer On Ambitious City Planners

(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Local bike and pedestrian planners have long had a complicated relationship with the federal Department of Transportation. It is often incredibly difficult to pay for ambitious infrastructure projects without the U.S. DOT’s help, but…

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