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Sew Awesome

“Who we are arises directly from what our bodies can do,” writes Richard Sennett in his recent book, The Craftsman. In his spirited defense of how making material things can enlarge one’s life, Sennett reevaluates the place of the handmade in the digital age. Certainly in design we are familiar with the idea that touch is often a necessary antidote to high tech, and that the ether of the electronic world has honed our appetite for the tactile and material. Heather Bush agrees. A designer at Carnegie Fabrics, she considers ways in which to apply craft technique to hard-use textiles. She was also willing to rethink the notion that handwork is exclusively about limited production, high costs, and the imprint of individuality. Tuned in to the embroidery that was so ubiquitous in fashion a few years back, Bush decided it had a place in high-performance wall coverings and upholstery.
March 26, 2010
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Absolutely Fabricated

We talked to a handful of movers and makers to see what's in store for the wider manufacturing world.
March 26, 2010
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Let’s Get Small

Hammers and nails are out, friends, and as the (patent) pending nanotech revolution shows, manufacturing is on the eve of the atom.
March 26, 2010
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Wall of Shame

It started out as a great idea: Do away with wet-plaster wall construction, which required multiple workers taking days or weeks to plaster a house (and weeks or months for the plaster to set). So, in 1894, an ex–Navy engineer named Augustine Sackett designed and obtained U.S. patent 520123 for “a board or plate used as a substitute for lath and plaster”: the first successful drywall. But Sackett’s felt-wrapped board remained a specialty item in the building trades; plaster-and-lath wall construction predominated until the 1940s.
March 26, 2010
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Slag Solution

Enter Serious Materials and its EcoRock drywall. EcoRock is not all-natural drywall—–that would be called “wood”—–but it is an attempt to do away with wasteful gypsum drywall manufacturing by taking the leftovers of other manufacturing processes and turning them into something useful.
March 26, 2010
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An Introduction to Manufacturing

If the design world feels like an endless  parade of products, then the gnashing maws of industrial production assuredly underpin it all. Take a look at how leading manufacturers make what they make, with a special eye on how to clean up what is often a messy act.  
March 17, 2010
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Prefab Parlance

From Kynar and Galvalume to SIPs, the terminology associated with prefab construction can be daunting. We asked a handful of architects and designers to help us build a prefab glossary of the top terms and definitions related to modular housing, and we hope you’ll help us add to the list in the comments.  
March 1, 2010
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101 Being Green

Even for sustainability's greatest proponents, going green isn't necessarily a walk in the park. Dwell explores what it takes to be truly environmental.
February 25, 2010
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For All Mankind

The future of universal design is what’s in store for us collectively. Here’s the heads-up.
February 9, 2010