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    MASS CUSTOMIZATION

    In the world of manufacturing products, whether architectural, consumer, or industrial, there are two very different approaches. Individually crafting a one-off artifact allows the most attention to specific needs of the consumer, but sometimes at great expense. Mass-producing a commodity product can realize economies of scale, but with little regard to variation in individual preferences. New technologies may promise the best of both worlds. Editor

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    LIBRARY BUILDING BEYOND THE BOOKS

    With the advent of the information age and the radical change in library materials, media, and means of access to information, the nature of certain types of building systems have changed accordingly. These systems affect the layout and design of modern libraries. The most dramatic of the changes has been the evolution of communication systems and their associated equipment.

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    Prefabrication of Timber Buildings Based on Digital Models — AECbytes, 2005.0228

    ArchiCAD Integrates with Singapore's Automated Code Checking — Graphisoft press release, 2005.0228

    LightWork Design Releases LightWorks 7.5 — LightWork Design press release, 2005.0223

    General CADD v3.1.12 Released — General CADD press release, 2005.0222

    GHOST 3D Releases Scribe-iT CAD — Digital CAD, 2005.0218

    X3D Toolkit and Browser Come to Mac OS X — MacCentral press release, 2005.0218

    Wacom Announces Cintiq 21UX Interactive Pen Display — Digital CAD, 2005.0217

    A 3-D View of the City, Block by Block — New York Times, 2005.0217

    PowerCAD CE Mobile/Wireless Design and Management Software — GiveMePower Corporation press release, 2005.0216

    New Title Block Software Works on Existing MicroStation Title Blocks — Axiom press release, 2005.0214

    ARCHIBUS/FM Multilingual Pack Unifies Global Deployments — ARCHIBUS, Inc. press release, 2005.0210

    SolidWorks Eliminates AutoCAD Compatibility Problems — Digital CAD, 2005.0202

    What's New in 2005: Fully Integrated Software — Electrical Contractor magazine, 2005.01

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