American Modern

October 2006,
Vol. 06
Issue 09
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New Homes, Tranformed Cities
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Kansas City, MO

Kansas City is a sprawling 318 square miles. With the help of creative developers and architects, the three square miles that make up downtown are finally growing up.

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New Orleans, LA

As New Orleans struggles to get back on its feet, one architect learns from the past while building for the future.

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The Real Chicago

If your only experience touring Chicago is from watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off, architect Brad Lynch has some insider tips for you.

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Jackson, WY

Homes on the range are getting bigger and more expensive by the minute, but a group of progressive architects in Jackson set out to prove that all is not lost.

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Living in a Material World

Americans have always held a soft spot in their hearts for futuristic materials, from the amazing light-weight properties of titanium to the chance to conquer Superman with kryptonite.

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Power Plastic

Every hour, enough sunlight hits the earth to power the entire planet for a year.

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As more and more Americans are quickly discovering, the land beneath our feet is not quite as solid as we thought.

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Silver has been used for centuries as an antimicrobial agent.

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Architect Series Dimmers

The right lighting can bring warmth and atmosphere to any room.

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Lotusan Paint

Product design that takes cues from nature, known as biomimicry, has produced a num-
ber of ingenious and popular products we use every day.

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Structural Panels

Bees have always been admired for their industrious nature and intricate honeycomb architecture; Charles Darwin called the honeycomb “absolutely perfect” as a feat of engineering, symmetry, and…

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Going Coastal

It’s impossible to ignore nature in Big Sur.

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101 High-Tech Materials

Remember how the Predator had skin that made him invisible? That was cool. But these high-tech materials might be even cooler.

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The Power of Paint

Students are redesigning their environment under the guidance of Publicolor, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 by industrial designer Ruth Lande Shuman.

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Tim Goodman Reviews 5 Lounge Chairs

The Simpsons’ C. Montgomery Burns once said, “Sitting—the great leveler.