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  1. A Complex Story
    Essay

    A Complex Story

    My father’s prefabricated housing project, Habitat ’67, broke ground in April of 1965. The building, which grew out of his bachelor’s thesis, came to be regarded as one of the...

    written by: Oren Safdie
    03.23.10

  2. The Golden State: 5 Great Homes in California Part Two
    Post

    The Golden State: 5 Great Homes in California Part Two

    From a sleek Eichler-inspired prefab in Emeryville to a barnhouse-turned family home in Oakland, we highlight five more of our favorite abodes from the west coast. Click here to view our previous...

    written by: Eujin Rhee
    07.15.13

  3. Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 2
    Renovation

    Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 2

    This seven-part blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios". Built in a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.10.12

  4. Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 1
    Renovation

    Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 1

    This seven-part blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios". Built in a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.03.12

  5. Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 3
    Renovation

    Mini Apartments and Next-Wave Prefab, Part 3

    This blog series profiles a new prefab development in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood—a LEED Platinum-targeted building containing 23 "micro-studios." Built in a California factory in a...

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    10.24.12

  6. Dwell Conversations: Prefab's Progress
    Event Spotlight

    Dwell Conversations: Prefab's Progress

    In our Dec/Jan 2013 Prefab issue, we visited two Bay Area prefab homes built on unconventional sites, discovering along the way that you don't need a crane or a fortune to make prefab work for you....

    written by: Dwell Staff
    12.28.12

  7. Mark Rylant of Method Homes
    Dwell on Design

    Mark Rylant of Method Homes

    In 2007, builders and developers Mark Rylant and Brian Abramson launched Method Homes, a prefabricated building company with a focus on modern homes. Since then, the Seattle-based business has...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    06.09.11

  8. A Look Back at Habitat '67 with Moshe Safdie
    Context

    A Look Back at Habitat '67 with Moshe Safdie

    The architect looks back at Habitat ’67 and shares his thoughts on the future of prefabrication.

    written by: Amanda Dameron
    12.30.12

  9. LEEDing the Way
    Green

    LEEDing the Way

    One day last April there was great excitement on Highland Avenue, a quiet, hilly street (on which this writer happens to live) of Craftsman bungalows and 1960s apartment buildings in the Ocean Park...

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Dave Lauridsen
    02.01.09

  10. Kid Tested, Mothers Approved
    House Tours

    Kid Tested, Mothers Approved

    A long house on Long Island, this prefab could get to its site peaceably only by traveling in pieces. Designed by Resolution: 4 Architecture as a holiday retreat for a family of six, this...

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: João Canziani
    03.17.10

  11. A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic
    Houses We Love

    A Modern Prefab Addition to a Mid-Century California Classic

    A 1950s Joseph Esherick home in Berkeley, California, inspires an addition that pays homage to the past yet is poised to host the next generation.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    photos by: Caren Alpert
    12.30.12

  12. A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey
    My House

    A Lakeside Prefab in New Jersey

    A New Zealand expat and her son use their prefabricated lakeside New Jersey retreat as an outdoorsy counterpoint to city life.

    written by: Kelsey Keith
    photos by: Mark Mahaney
    12.20.12

  13. Joel Turkel on the Future of Prefab
    --The Future of

    Joel Turkel on the Future of Prefab

    The future of prefab is an increasingly nonarchitectural problem.

    written by: Joel Turkel
    10.03.09

  14. How to Play FlatPak
    House Tours

    How to Play FlatPak

    Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry.

    written by: Allison Arieff
    photos by: Chad Holder
    05.01.09

  15. iT House, Joshua Tree
    House Tours

    iT House, Joshua Tree

    The iT House brings together raw industrial aesthetics with the tactics of green design to forge a new home in the sunbaked wilds of California’s east.

    written by: Frances Anderton
    photos by: Gregg Segal
    02.28.09

  16. Massie Produced
    House Tours

    Massie Produced

    Art object or machine for living in Architect William Massie’s personal prefab project takes the mass out of mass customization to create a one-of-a-kind wonder.

    written by: David Hay
    photos by: Henrik Knudsen
    01.14.09

  17. 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

  18. On a Rock in a Hard Place
    House Tours

    On a Rock in a Hard Place

    In an unlikely mountaintop locale, Anderson Anderson Architecture crafted a home out of a complex composition of off-the-shelf components, paving new paths for the prefabricated construction industry.

    written by: Andrew Wagner
    photos by: John Clark
    05.01.09

  19. Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes
    Dwell on Design

    Frank Vafaee of Proto Homes

    In 2008, Frank Vafaee, Manish Desai, and Andre Farhang founded Proto Homes. The Los Angeles-based company designs, builds, and sells homes as products. "When you buy a phone or a car, you...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    05.20.11

  20. Time Capsule
    Essay

    Time Capsule

    The impending demolition of Kisho Kurokawa’s Capsule Tower strikes a nostalgic nerve in writer Tom Vanderbilt, who travels to Tokyo for a look at a future that never was.

    written by: Tom Vanderbilt
    03.11.10

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