Natural Instinct

A few years ago, I was flying over the Susitna River near Talkeetna, Alaska, looking down on miles of wilderness, with only one road winding through the verdant landscape. It occurred to me that in all its empty, raw beauty, wilderness is the ultimate luxury. Jumping from Alaska's uninhabited wilds to the overcivilized luxury-goods business may seem like a stretch, but these days even denizens of the latter are talking about sustainability and how they can become more environmentally conscious. This special supplement to TIME is dedicated to the idea of green living in all aspects of design, including architecture, beauty...

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