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  • Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

  • The History of Architectural Follys

    Architectural follies are rare in North America, but these attractive yet useless structures have been a part of European culture for centuries.

  • R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home

    Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome. He even lived in one himself. But although Bucky's dome home has many things to commend it, being watertight is not one of them.

  • Production Demolition Comes to Detroit

    A nonprofit intends to do for demolition what an earlier generation did for production building

  • The Fine Art of Floor Planing

    Caillebotte's "Les Raboteurs de Parquet” shows workers using 19th century hand tools

  • Smoke Signals

    High-performance HVAC in the Sistine Chapel

  • The Secret Life of Cordless Drills

    From trimming cow tails to powering wheelchairs, cordless drills have plenty of work to do even off the job site

  • 5,500 Pounds of Pennies

    A Maryland artist installs a durable commercial floor with one million pennies and two kinds of epoxy

  • Pencil Sculptures

    Carpenter Dalton Ghetti carved these remarkable miniatures out of lead with razor blades and sewing needles

  • Nightingale Floors

    In feudal Japan, intentionally squeaky floors were the equivalent of a modern security system