Issue 16


Graphic design by Plural
Cover by David Sieren

Our Production issue, a collaboration with the Chicago-based collective The Post Family, explores the impact of production in our cities and built environment, and shines light onto several companies we love, with a specific emphasis on those operating in Chicago. In each, we explore the larger implication of our need for production and consumption, as well as the celebration of craft, tradition, excellence and invention.

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A production of Production

Issue statement by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context

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Vertical Urban Factory

Essay by architectural critic, curator and educator Nina Rappaport

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Essay by architect Deborah Richmond

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Manufactured Landscapes

Photo essay by photographer Edward Burtynsky

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Printing the Identity of Los Angeles

Text by Chad Kouri with comments by Glenn Hinman, Julia Luke, James Black, Anthony Burrill and Cody Hudson with photography by Andreas E.G. Larsson

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Writing on Useful Projects

Chad Kouri interviews Jonn Herschend from THE THING Quarterly

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Documenting Production

Eight films on Production from the Prelinger Archives

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Chicago Production: Raw Quality

Iker Gil and Andrew Clark talk to Arnold Horween III, president of Horween Leather Co., and John Culliton, VP sales

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Chicago Production: Creating a Lifestyle

Iker Gil interviews Michael Salvatore, owner and CEO of Heritage Bicycles General Store

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Chicago Production: Producer as Consumer

Iker Gil interviews Jake Nickell, founder and Chief Community Officer of Threadless

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Chicago Production: Software to Produce

Rod Hunting interviews Jason Fried, founder and CEO of 37signals

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Your Favorite Objects

Here are your favorite objects, the ones you can’t live without, the ones you use to produce whatever you produce, the ones with the most sentimental value or the ones with the best stories.

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Filming Production

Iker Gil selects a series of short films that document the processes and outcomes generated by individuals and small businesses