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A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing

How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.
May 13, 2014
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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 gone back and forth on prefab or custom so many times," Roy says. "A lot of the prefab we saw was either too expensive, didn't meet our needs, or it just didn't appeal to us. I had sort of given up on prefab, thinking that the market just wasn't ready for us yet." As he was driving on the freeway, Roy spotted a convoy of prefab modules and noticed that they were from Method Homes. "I thought, 'Hmmm… Maybe I ought'a give those guys another look,'" he says. The couple soon embarked on a year-long project to create a haven in the forest, which they documented in striking detail on ruralrebound.com. Staupe and Roy walk us through the finished product.
April 17, 2014
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Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.
March 10, 2014
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4 Pristine Prefabs from Marmol Radziner

Los Angeles-based Marmol Radziner understands the benefits of prefab construction. Here, we take a look at four noteworthy projects from the Dwell archives that were flawlessly executed by the collaborative architecture firm.
February 5, 2014
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Buyer Beware: A Prefab Shopper's Guide

Bay Area–based architect Michelle Kaufmann is a prefab pioneer. She started in the industry in 2003, a year and a half after Dwell’s inaugural prefab issue, just when consumer interest in sustainable, high-design, factory-built homes was finally burgeoning. She’s since built 54 prefab homes and has learned—sometimes the hard way—the challenges and risks inherent in the industry. Especially in an age of savvy marketing and slick Photoshop renderings, it is critical for clients to gather the hard facts when interviewing their potential architect or company. Here, Kaufmann presents the essential questions every consumer should ask when considering prefab.
January 14, 2014
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11 Amazing Prefabs

Prefab houses are getting leaner, more efficient, and, in some cases, bigger. Here, we explore highlights from our December/January prefab issue, juxtaposed with our favorites from the past.
January 6, 2014
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A Look at Richard Meier's Iconic Lambert House

Constructed in 1961, Richard Meier’s first residential project is a nascent example of the modern prefab typology.
December 31, 2013
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An Economical Modular Prefab in Oregon

An easy-to-build modular system is the perfect solution for a family in Bend, Oregon.
December 30, 2013
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An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles

A net-zero prefab home design is set to reinvigorate a down-at-the-heels Los Angeles neighborhood.
December 29, 2013
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