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Ian Spula reflects on architecture, design, real estate, and the city in his journalism. The former editor of Curbed Chicago, his writing can also be found in Chicago magazine, The Architect's Newspaper, The Spaces, and online at dwell.com.
A Blissful Retreat Replaces a Scrap-Filled Yard in Seattle
An architect couple sets out to transform a run-down property.
February 8, 2016
A Tiny Live/Work Addition Crowns a Historic London House
A modern topper for a brick mews house takes its cues from a fast-changing London district.
January 14, 2016
A London Town House Renovation Beaming with Personality
Tigg Coll Architects takes a new approach to a straightforward town house renovation and expansion.
January 13, 2016
An Airy Sydney Home Goes Vertical to Gain Space
A snug footprint and protected streetscape in Sydney prompt an architect to build skyward.
January 1, 2016
New Shipping Container Apartments Bring Market-Rate Rent to Downtown Phoenix
Containers on Grand puts Phoenix in the vanguard of shipping container rental housing. To see more shipping container architecture, pick up our
December 15, 2015
A Clever Sunken Roof Fills a London Terrace House with Light
A London renovation resolves a family’s yearning for open air and greenery.
November 20, 2015
A Giant, 20-Module Prefab Perched Across a Coastal Site in British Columbia
An architect designs a daring home in scenic Western Canada.
November 12, 2015
A Gut Renovation for a Retro Chicago Apartment in the Iconic Marina City Towers
Space Architects + Planners overhauled a Chicago apartment to prioritize views of the city.
November 4, 2015
A Modern Addition in Chicago Retrofits an Office Building for Living
Architect John Ronan recast a former office building as a private home in a fast-evolving Chicago railroad corridor.
October 31, 2015
This Dramatic London Renovation Boasts a Five-Story Bookcase
The London town house of a former British politican undergoes a total rebirth.
October 15, 2015