Affordable 3D printers are bringing fantasies of home production closer to fulfilment, but the objects produced on them so far have been of relatively poor quality. In this issue, however, we look into the future at the possibilities rapid prototyping might offer – from cities that replicate themselves, to the “biologically inspired” designs our cover star Neri Oxman is creating at MIT.

Two years have passed since Japan was hit by a tsunami. Since then, architects and designers have volunteered their skills and expertise to help rebuild communities and make plans for the future.

March Diary 2013 04 March 2013

This month David Bowie comes to the V&A and London’s Design Museum displays its designs of the year. There’s also a history of the line in art at the Pompidou-Metz, SCI-Arc’s look back at 1979, an urban advice bureau, contemporary designers working with wood, new towns in theory and in practice, and a survey of young Chinese artists. 

Festspielhaus in Erl 25 February 2013

Delugan Meissl Architects has completed a striking, angular concert hall in the Austrian Alps that contains the world’s largest orchestra pit.

The Hungarian architect Stefan Sebök worked with legends of the Bauhaus and of Soviet constructivism. A new book reveals more about his work but, as Edwin Heathcote discovers, Sebök himself remains elusive.

As payment becomes more convenient, coins seem increasingly cumbersome, so some streamlining is necessary if we are to continue using them. Here is Studio Thomson's set of coins for the digital age.

OS and OOS 18 February 2013

This Eindhoven-based design duo’s musings on the sun have yielded a series of mesmerising lights that mimic celestial movements.

In his new book, the R&B renaissance man invites us into his world – along with Zaha Hadid, Anna Wintour and Buzz Aldrin. It’s a hard offer to turn down.

Tokyo garden house 13 February 2013

Ryue Nishizawa has used plants, stairs and windows to create the illusion of privacy and space in this tall, narrow urban home.

Busan Cinema Centre 11 February 2013

The giant animated roof of Coop Himmelb(l)au’s cultural building in South Korea harks back to the data-bubbles and inflatables of an idealistic age.

Maarten Baas 07 February 2013

An elaborate sand-timer for Laikingland and an introspective model of a thinker for Swarovski, reflect the Dutch designer’s present state of mind.

Design Indaba 2013 05 February 2013

The world’s leading design conference, which brings together speakers from different disciplines and from all over the world, runs from 27 February to 1 March this year.

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