How does design contribute to scientific achievements? By providing the ideal working environment. In LAB Mark C. Fishman looks at how to build a home for scientists. Inside CERN provides a glimpse behind the scenes at such a scientific home. Photographer Andri Pol gives us a peek here at a world that is normally hidden from view. But architecture can also be a science in its own right. In Embodied Energy and Design, we discover how much energy is needed to construct a building. And the visual reader Democracy: An Ongoing Challenge examines the delicate balance between equality and freedom, majority and minority, an orderly community and a lively pluralism of opinion.