The Reasons Offsite - a Virtual Exhibition on Prefab and Modular Architecture

The project presents a collection of buildings and building systems significant in the historical evolution of modular and prefabricated architecture. The contents are shown in a virtual reality environment, through VR headset kits, which transport the audience to a 20x20m virtual space filled with panels and architectural models.

The goal is to picture several stages of this evolution. Examples of different buildings are shown, from the 17th century to the present, from anonymous architecture to Jean Prouvé, Walter Gropius, Buckminster Fuller, Shigeru Ban and MVRDV.

“The Reasons Offsite” intends to point out conflicts between prefab building systems and traditional ones. Standardization vs. customization, mechanization vs. humanization, science are going to be elaborated through the visions of Yona Friedman, Jorge Christie & Martín Alvarez, Pedro Alonso & Hugo Palmarola and Pablo Jimenez Moreno.

The contemporary context, with the World’s urban population increasing in an unprecedented way, the growing need for immediacy evident in an Uber/Ikea/AirBNB-like lifestyle and the level of technological sophistication we have reached, motivates SUMMARY to rediscover the concept of prefabrication, to understand its history and envision its future.

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Cite: "The Reasons Offsite - a Virtual Exhibition on Prefab and Modular Architecture" 31 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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