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Audio: Pacific Northwest Architecture

An architect highlights the hallmarks of a style that responds to its environment  

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Citing his own work and that of two other progressive firms, architect James Tuer discusses and illustrates how challenges in climate, topography, and culture blended to create a unique regional style known as Pacific Northwest Architecture. James details the hallmarks of the style, such as the use of large overhangs, expansive glass, and hybrid timber framing, and highlights examples in his design on Bowen Island, British Columbia where he applied specific design lessons adapted from his inspirations, Peter Bohlin and James Cutler.

To learn more about James' design, read Exploiting the Elements of Passive Design from Fine Homebuilding issue #201, (Feb/March 2009), pp.74- 79, and visit him on the Web at www.jwtarchitecture.com

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Photos by Rob Yagid, with the following exceptions: photos of Peter Bohlin's work were provided courtesy of his firm, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson; photos of James Cutler's work were provided courtesy of his firm, Cutler Anderson Architects.