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  1. Jens Risom

    Jens Risom

    In the late 1960s, designer Jens Risom sought an affordable vacation home for his family on Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island. Now some 45 years later, the prefab cottage still exists to...

    11.19.12

  2. A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing
    A Great Idea

    A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing

    How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.

    written by: Tim Hanrahan
    05.13.14

  3. 9 Historical Prefab Projects
    Rewind

    9 Historical Prefab Projects

    We showcase a timeline of nine prefab architecture projects from the 20th century. To see how contemporary designers are using the building technique, pick up a copy of our annual prefab issue on...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.17.13

  4. A Prefab Home on Washington's Puget Sound
    My House

    A Prefab Home on Washington's Puget Sound

    To build a home on a remote plot of land in Washington State, former Angelenos Amy Staupe and Christopher Roy commissioned Method Homes to construct a highly personalized prefab structure. "We had...

    written by: Diana Budds
    04.17.14

  5. 7 Prefab Prototypes
    House Tours

    7 Prefab Prototypes

    These first forays into prefab structures helped catapult some of the leading firms specializing in the construction methodology.

    written by: Diana Budds
    11.06.13

  6. Prefab for Humanity
    A Great Idea

    Prefab for Humanity

    In inner-city Baltimore, Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake paves a path to affordable prefab.

    written by: Caroline Tiger
    12.24.12

  7. 5 Prefab Houses in Far-Flung Locations
    Post

    5 Prefab Houses in Far-Flung Locations

    We've corralled a collection of prefab homes located on precarious hillsides, atop mountains, in remote deserts, and next to pristine lakes to show the building method's versatility. Plus: a sneak...

    written by: Diana Budds
    07.01.13

  8. Middle Ground
    Houses We Love

    Middle Ground

    Adding less than $100,000 of improvements to an off-the-shelf prefab model resulted in a clean-cut structure at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada.

    written by: Olivia Martin
    photos by: Scott Palamar
    12.19.12

  9. Workbay

    Workbay

    The “microarchitectural” module made of polyester fleece on an aluminum frame can curve and snake through an open office environment, breaking up a staid, rectilinear desk arrangement.

    $7785.00

  10. Accessible Modern Prefab in Northern California
    House Tours

    Accessible Modern Prefab in Northern California

    Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California.

    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    06.03.14

  11. Building Blocks
    House Tours

    Building Blocks

    On a double suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa built a neighborhood-scaled, flexible-format minimalist steel prefab compound for Yasuo Moriyama—a very private individual with...

    photos by: Dean Kaufman
    01.17.09

  12. The Suburbs Strike Back
    Profiles

    The Suburbs Strike Back

    Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  13. Taking Care of Business
    --Done Wrong

    Taking Care of Business

    A look back through the history of prefab reveals a few failures that proved to be great opportunities for learning and improvement.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  14. The Big Easy
    A Great Idea

    The Big Easy

    Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    01.28.09

  15. Peter DeMaria on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Peter DeMaria on the Future of Prefab

    Some people assume that yet-to-be-invented high-tech materials and systems will be the saviors of 
our construction industry.

    01.28.09

  16. Leo Marmol on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Leo Marmol on the Future of Prefab

    More and more people are coming 
to us informed about the complete benefits of prefab construction.

    01.28.09

  17. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  18. 101 Prefab
    Design 101

    101 Prefab

    Everything you wanted to know about prefab but were afraid to ask! We've tapped the brain behind popular web resource FabPreFab to explain the birds and bees of manufactured housing.

    written by: Michael Sylvester
    04.16.09

  19. Future Building
    Profiles

    Future Building

    Resembling in form and function ancestors such as Jean Prouvé’s prefab Tropical House, Architect Fred Friedmeyer’s prefab structures harmonize, as much as possible, with Ethiopia...

    written by: Donovan Finn
    02.26.09

  20. LA's First Prefab Home Open for Opinions
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    LA's First Prefab Home Open for Opinions

    Three months ago, this was the site of Leo Marmol's new prefabbed residence in Venice. It took a bit longer than the stated 6 weeks, but the 2,800 square foot Palms House is now finished and open...

    written by: Laure Joliet
    09.20.08

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