My favorite townhouses, new and old, followed by interesting recent townhouses in Miami, where I am from, in alphabetical order.

43 Viviendas, Madrid, Spain.  Architect: Estudio Entresitio.  Geometric prototypes with a human touch.

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100K House, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Developer: Postgreen Homes.  Architect: Interface Studio Architects.  LEED Platinum, LEED for Homes Project of the Year 2010, $81 PSF construction costs.

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Almeria Row, Coral Gables, Forida.  Developer: Coral Gables Rentals.  Architect: DLGV.  If your community thinks luxury is only possible in detached houses or condo towers, show them this.

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Borneo-Sporenburg, Amsterdam, Netherlands.  Planner: West 8.  Architect: MVRDV.  Not just one contemporary townhouse, a whole new district.

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Brownstones at Maywood Park, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Developer: Triangle Partners.  Architect: TAP Architecture.  Based on “time-tested template” and built to “endure for centuries”.

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Burnside Rocket, Portland, Oregon.  Developer: Guerilla Development.  Changing the world 3000 SF at a time.

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Cowie Rowhouses, Vancouver, Canada.  Developer: cowieRowhouse.  The result of one man’s epic struggle for true townhouses.

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Kinney Boulevard Townhouse, Los Angeles, California.  Architect: Dennis Gibbens Architects.  One townhouse, multiple uses, all concrete.

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Lancaster Townhouse, San Francisco, California.  Developer: ZETA.  LEED platinum, prefab, live/work, net zero energy.

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Lloveras-Marxuach Residence, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  Possibly the best townhouse ever.

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Lorong 24A Shophouse Series, Singapore.  Developer: Pocket Projects.  Architects: Atria Architects, KD Architects with FARMHYLA , Lekker DesignLinghao ArchitectsLiu & Wo and Zarch Collaboratives.

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Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Developer: include Cincinnati Center City Development Corp., Eber Development, OTR Community Housing, and Urban Sites.  Architect: include Schickel Design.  What an urban neighborhood revitalization should look like.

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Rational House, London, England.  Architect: Rational House.  A happy marriage of contemporary townhouse prototype philosophy and design.

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Spring Creek Homes, Brooklyn, New York.  Developer: Nehemiah.  Architect: Alexander Gorlin Architects.  Affordable and prefab.

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State Street Townhouses, Brooklyn, New York.  Developer: Hamlin Ventures and Time Equities.  Architect: Rogers Marvel Architects.  They did all the work for you, just build more.

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Waterhouse at South Bund, Shanghai, China.  Architect: NHDRO/Neri & Hu Design and Research Office.  Three small buildings reused as contemporary hotel that celebrates history and decay.

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Miami

Aqua, Miami Beach, Florida.  Developer: Dacra.  Planner: DPZ.  Architect: various.

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Gardens on Valencia, Coral Gables, Florida.  Architect: Behar Font.

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Oak Lane, South Miami, Florida.  Developer: George Allen.  Architect: Behar Font.

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Old Spanish Village, Coral Gables, Florida.  Developer: Ralph Sanchez and the Mas Group.  Architect: JLH Architect.

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Park Avenue Townhouses, Miami Beach, Florida.  Architect: Oppenheim.

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Pine Manor, South Miami, Florida.  Developer: Richard-Brandon.

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