December 2012

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Free to Experiment

Thanks to an enriching sideline, SOFTlab started its career with highly conceptual commissions.


An industrial shop in Philadelphia, with roots in nineteenth-century manufacturing, remakes itself for a new era.



Based in Long Island City, these architect-trained digital fabricators bill themselves as “designers who make things.”

Living in a Material World

Living in a Material World

Through a process of deep research and close collaboration, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien craft buildings of quiet power and profound tactility.

Smart Matters

European products showcase the best and latest in material technology.

Bending Light

Bending Light

3M offers a clean, uniform LED lighting solution that can turn corners.

Sharing Dreams

A patented technology is the key to the OZ sofa bed’s effortless transformation.

Building Blocks

The Miami Valley Hospital uses a construction strategy to stay nimble.

Fresh Purpose

Noll & Tam gives the 40-year-old El Cerrito Recycling and Environmental Resource Center a net-zero update.

Image Maker: Ezra Stoller

The daughter of the legendary photographer talks about her father’s enduring legacy and the impact he had on the modern movement.

Machine Histories

Machine Histories

The Los Angeles–based collaborative combines digital expertise with a real affinity for the physical tools of making.

Sandy Hits Home

In the age of extreme storms, major physical and emotional challenges call for some serious design thinking.

Saint Louis Blues

Residents of the River City have nothing to feel inferior about.

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