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  • Sittin' in a Tree
  • Sittin' in a Tree

    Yestermorrow takes its annual Innovative Homes Tour up into the boughs
    It’s not easy to build a house in a tree. After all, trees are living things; they grow, suffer damage and, ultimately, die. When you…

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  • Englesby Gets a Face-Lift
  • Englesby Gets a Face-Lift

    UVM's presidential abode loses its ivy and '70s kitsch
    It feels a little voyeuristic taking a pre-renovation tour of Englesby House, the 9000-square-foot mansion on Burlington’s South Williams Street that will soon be home…

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  • Springfield Up
  • Springfield Up

    Can a restored façade bring a Vermont town back to life?
    When she undertook the task of re-creating the art deco façade of the now-decrepit Springfield Theater, Leslie Fry had two photographs to work from. In…

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  • First-Rate Impression
  • First-Rate Impression

    Champlain College’s Perry Hall marries old with state-of-the-art new
    Architecture is really about a simple, almost primary act: You walk through and around a constructed space, and you get a certain feeling. Based…

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  • Maltex Makeover
  • Maltex Makeover

    A Pine Street landmark’s “renaissance” kicks off the Art Hop
    Behind the Maltex Building on Pine Street is a life-size copper sculpture of a man working a drill press. The figure commemorates Fred Barrett, a…

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  • All that Sparkles
  • All that Sparkles

    The City of Light turns to glass
    I’m sitting on the floor in the Montréal Musée d’Art Contemporain watching a vertiginous video installation when a dozen fifth graders enter the room. The…

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  • Designing Sustainability
  • Designing Sustainability

    Architect Missa Aloisi takes on Burlington's Moran Plant
    Missa Aloisi was just 9 years old when Burlington’s coal-fired Moran Plant was decommissioned in 1986. Now, 23 years after the plant produced its…

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  • Art's Start
  • Art's Start

    How a South End neighborhood went from pallets to palettes
    Before the South End Art Hop started up 16 years ago, you would have been hard pressed to find anyone who viewed the city’s industrial…

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  • Angles in Paradise
  • Angles in Paradise

    A Fleming Museum exhibition explores Vermont's design/build legacy
    Last Thursday evening, as David Sellers walked into the University of Vermont’s Robert Hull Fleming Museum, a jazz band began playing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”…

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  • Play Times

    Art review: "Asian Games"
    Mastery of weiqi was regarded as one of the Four Cultural Accomplishments of a refined Chinese person, along with calligraphy, painting and poetry. Asia is…

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  • Best of the Rest

    Ada Louise Huxtable, the dean of American architecture critics, declared six years ago that our nation was in "near-total architectural retreat." In her book The…

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  • Building Blocks

    Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron do big boxes. The Swiss design duo won the 2001 Pritzker Prize, making them the architectural equivalent of Nobel…

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  • Midd-Sized Model?

    Vermont's most design-conscious sampus hits a wall
    Middlebury College professor Glenn Andres still recalls the day he picked up Robert Venturi at the airport and drove him to campus for a visit.…

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  • Pocket Protectors

    A phalanx of sphinxes guards an urban sanctuary
    Not far from where I-189 collides with Shelburne Road, something odd has happened. In an intersection largely noted for its traffic lights, sign clutter, fumes…

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  • Going Public

    One man’s large-scale vision still benefits the people of St. Johnsbury
    The poet Robert Graves once observed that, if there is no money in poetry, then there is also no poetry in money. It’s a witty…

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