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Lumicene Designs Minimalist Prefab with Curved Glass to Connect with Nature

13:00 - 7 May, 2019
Lumicene Designs Minimalist Prefab with Curved Glass to Connect with Nature, LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen
LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen

French manufacturer Lumicene has unveiled a new minimalist prefab dwelling unit made to connect with nature. Called LumiPod, the curved structure is designed around a 5m diameter window that can slide along rails and open to the outdoors. Made to celebrate connections to nature, the 180 square foot prefab unit includes a bedroom, toilet and shower area. LumiPods are designed to be delivered anywhere in the world.

LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen LumiPod. Image Courtesy of Oxygen + 11

How Modular Construction Could Offer a Lasting Solution in the Affordable Housing Crisis

07:00 - 15 March, 2019

This article was originally published in Autodesk's Redshift publication as "How Building Modular Homes can Help Fill the Affordable Housing Gap."

“Modular” isn’t a construction product; it’s a construction process. This is according to Tom Hardiman, executive director of the Modular Building Institute (MBI), whose members include more than 350 companies involved in the manufacturing and distribution of modular buildings, including multifamily homes.

Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India

13:00 - 1 January, 2019
Carlo Ratti Designs Prefab Housing for Rural India, Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati
Livingboard. Image Courtesy of Carlo Ratti Associati

Architecture practice Carlo Ratti Associati has designed a low-cost prefabricated housing system for Indian non-profit WeRise. The new "Livingboard" system was made so that homeowners can build any structure they like on top of it. Made as a pilot project to encourage rural housing development, the system is being tested in a village outside Bangalore. As a portable "motherboard", the design provides homeowners prefabricated and flat-packed elements like waste management and water treatment systems.

Yves Béhar Unveils LivingHomes Accessory Dwelling Units in Los Angeles

03:30 - 2 November, 2018
Yves Béhar Unveils LivingHomes Accessory Dwelling Units in Los Angeles, LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab
LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab

Swiss Designer Yves Béhar has partnered with Plant Prefab to create LivingHome YB1, a series of Accessory Dwelling Units to be unveiled at the Summit festival in Los Angeles. Designed to address California’s legislation, the ADU aims to encourage increased urban density while limiting the environmental impact of new construction. LivingHomes YB1 is the first in a line of structures made to rethink prefab and increase accessibility, livability, and sustainability.

LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab LivingHomes YB1. Image Courtesy of Yves Béhar, Plant Prefab + 5

Italian Architect Designs Folding House That Can Be Built in 6 Hours

06:00 - 26 December, 2017
Italian Architect Designs Folding House That Can Be Built in 6 Hours, © M.A.Di./Divulgação, via CicloVivo
© M.A.Di./Divulgação, via CicloVivo

An Italian architect is proposing a new model of housing that, unlike the traditional residences, does not consist of a settled building, but in a folding and transportable house. It can be assembled in just six hours with the help of three people.

Prefab Pop-Up Shelter Designed for Burning Man and Perfected for Disaster Relief

06:00 - 13 November, 2017
via Advanced Shelter Systems
via Advanced Shelter Systems

Christian Weber, a 20-plus year veteran of the Burning Man festival has learned a few tricks on the Playa. Shelter from the harsh Black Rock Desert winds, heat, dust and cold nights are attributes of an experienced camp. “Every year we unload our camp out of the container and use our container as our kitchen. It literally has fold-down tables [and] air conditioning… and when we’re all done, we throw it back in the container and it’s ready to go for next year.”

Ten Fold Designs Revolutionary Structure that Self-Deploys in Minutes

08:00 - 24 July, 2017

Eight minutes. That is the length of time UK-based company Ten Fold Engineering’s self-deploying structures can transform itself from a portable rectangular container into a fully habitable space that can be used for either the residential or service sector. Transported by truck, the company offers a shelter that is energy efficient, eliminates labor costs, and is highly customizable in an effort to revolutionize the possibilities of prefabrication and construction.

5 Projects That Illustrate the Huge Potential of Prefab

14:00 - 29 May, 2017
5 Projects That Illustrate the Huge Potential of Prefab

Prefabrication is not a new idea for architects, but its usage is arguably on the rise. Using prefabricated materials can keep your costs down, as well as make your project more sustainable and efficient. But for this to happen, there must be a defined process of construction, which respects the architectural intent and integrates the entire structure with the building's facilities. This way, the work can be carried out in the shortest time possible, and the cost of labor and maintenance is reduced, as is the waste of materials.

The five designs selected below adopt prefabricated materials and demonstrate the benefits that it brings to the creative design strategy. Read on to see what each of their architects said about their prefabrication strategy.

Mendes da Rocha, FUKSAS & PJAR Architects Design Pre-Fab Homes for Revolution Precrafted

14:30 - 19 October, 2016
Mendes da Rocha, FUKSAS & PJAR Architects Design Pre-Fab Homes for Revolution Precrafted , Courtesy of Revolution Precrafted
Courtesy of Revolution Precrafted

Adding to their collection of pre-fabricated houses by top designers and architects, Robbie Antonio’sRevolution Pre-Crafted” has released 3 new designs by Paulo Mendes Da Rocha + Metro, Massimiliano & Doriana Fuksas, and Philip Johnson Alan Ritchie Architects.

The three designs follow Revolution Pre-Crafted’s goal of democratizing the design of pre-fab structures, as they offer a line of products that incorporate the distinct spatial and social brands of master designers. The new houses join options from architects including Zaha Hadid, Sou Fujimoto, Daniel Libeskind and Gluckman Tang.

Free Modular House for the Best Place in the World

14:46 - 13 October, 2016
Free Modular House for the Best Place in the World, Free modular house for the best place in the world
Free modular house for the best place in the world

Add the most beautiful place in the world for DublDom on the map and win a modular house DublDom 26!

Why are we looking for your place?
We created DublDom so people could live closer to nature. It was designed to fit the harmony of any landscape and become a perfect frame for any wonderful view. In order to see the most beautiful place in the world from the DublDom window, we are ready to give it to the landowner absolutely free.

Why It's Time to Give Up on Prefab

01:00 - 4 December, 2013
Why It's Time to Give Up on Prefab, Destruction of Pruit-Igoe. Image Courtesy of US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Destruction of Pruit-Igoe. Image Courtesy of US Department of Housing and Urban Development

This article by Chris Knapp, the Director of Built-Environment Practice, originally appeared on Australian Design Review as "The End Of Prefabrication". Knapp calls for the end of prefabrication as a driver for design, pointing out its century-long failure to live up to its promise, as well as newer technology's ability to "mass produce difference".

Prefabrication – there is not another word in the current lexicon of architecture that more erroneously asserts positive change. For more than a century now, this industrial strategy of production applied to building has yielded both an unending source of optimism for architecture, and equally, a countless series of disappointments. This is a call for the end of prefabrication.

Read on after the break

China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate...

00:00 - 18 June, 2013
China's Pre-Fab Skyscraper: Revolutionary or Mad? Two Architects Debate..., Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider
Courtesy of differentenergy via YouTube, via Business Insider

The architecture world has been abuzz over news that aChinese construction company plans to build the world's tallest building— and to do it in just 90 daysusing a proprietary prefabrication technique.

Construction on the 838-meter highrise in Changsha, called Sky City One, is expected to begin this month.

After the project was announced, we reached out to Christian Sottile, the Dean of the School of Building Arts at the Savannah College of Art and Design,who gave us his takeon why the project is a terrible step for architecture and urban living.

But not everyone is skeptical about Sky City One.Stan Klemanowicz,an architect and planner in Los Angeles with Project Development Associates, reached out to tell us why the project is actually revolutionary. He has allowed us to publish his response to Mr. Sottile's critique.

Read Sottile's and Klemanowicz's conflicting opinions, after the break...