Looking back, it wasn’t the best year on the books. Anxieties raged, inventory fell stagnant, housing starts slowed to a trickle, and our retirement savings took a direct hit. But here’s some good news: design ingenuity didn’t suffer much. In fact, the opposite is true. BUILDER found no shortage of fascinating projects to cover in 2008, and most of them offered up a whole lot more than just pretty architecture. We were honored to chronicle some downright ingenious solutions in the way of energy efficiency, waste reduction, small lot infill development, affordable housing, adaptive reuse, next generation building materials, and walkable neighborhoods. Here are ten of our favorites in pictures.