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  • Donald Wexler pioneered prefab living in Palm Springs with Steel Houses
    The seven experimental steel-framed houses that architect Donald Wexler built in Palm Springs are early examples of customisable prefab homes, and are next in our series celebrating the city's mid-century architecture for this year's Modernism Week. Palm Springs-based Wexler and his partner Richard Harrison designed the seven Steel Development Houses to... Read more »
  • MIT predicts 10 breakthrough technologies of 2018
    The MIT Technology Review has released a list of technologies it believes will make the most impact over the next 12 months, including smarter cities, genetic fortune telling and "babel fish" earphones. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's magazine has published the annual list online in its March/April 2018 issue, and based... Read more »
  • Snøhetta revamps The French Laundry restaurant with fritted glass extension
    Design studio Snøhetta has expanded a Michelin-star restaurant in California's Napa Valley with a glazed annex, and renovated its kitchen and grassy courtyard. Snøhetta redesigned The French Laundry in collaboration with San Francisco firm Envelope A+D, and chef Thomas Keller – who has earned three stars for the eatery from the Michelin... Read more »
  • John Lautner's concrete domed Elrod House overlooks Coachella Valley
    We're continuing our series on modernist buildings in Palm Springs with American architect John Lautner's Arthur Elrod House, which has a dome-shaped concrete roof and a half-moon swimming pool that featured in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. The residence sits on an elevated site in Palm Springs' Araby Cove... Read more »
  • Oak trees inform design of northern California home by Field Architecture
    American studio Field Architecture has created a spacious house for a wooded site near San Francisco, where preserving conditions for local flora and fauna was a guiding concern for the architects. Called Forty-One Oaks, the residence is named after the precise number of oak trees found on the property – a... Read more »

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