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.
New technology can be great, but some of the answers to our building challenges are right in front of us. We need to look more closely at existing materials and systems from commercial construction and other industries and ask how they might be adapted, adjusted, or recycled to meet our domestic architecture needs. It’s less glamorous than creating renderings of new home designs, but we need to look at how to design efficient processes that leverage the economies of scale inherent in existing industrial components and systems. Within this framework, a good architect can create more affordable housing and yet still have design freedoms.