December 2012

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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.

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.

Smart Matters

European products showcase the best and latest in material technology.

Machine Histories

Machine Histories

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


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.”

Free to Experiment

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

Saint Louis Blues

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

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.

Fresh Purpose

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

Building Blocks

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

Sandy Hits Home

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