More and more people are coming
to us informed about the complete benefits of prefab construction.
Some people assume that yet-to-be-invented high-tech materials and systems will be the saviors of
our construction industry.
Most prefab manufacturing facilities house loads of heavy machinery, but not every design must be constructed on the factory line.
A look back through the history of prefab reveals a few failures that proved to be great opportunities for learning and improvement.
In order to fairly evaluate the pros and cons of today’s prefab design, we broke it down according to various criteria. Here are just a few examples of the benefits prefab has to offer.
The basic principle of prefab, whereby a home is fabricated in one location and then delivered to another, has been around for at least a few hundred years.
The historicization of modern architecture is quick to lionize Mies, Gropius, Wright and others, but too often treats them as though they existed in a vacuum, a far-sighted brotherhood whose sole...
In the San Francisco offices of Yves Béhar’s industrial design and branding firm, the work environment
suits the work.
The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.
In Shibaura, this former bowling alley is now the shared offices of international advertising agency TBWA and Japanese agency Hakuhodo.
Inside a 47,000-square-foot warehouse, Clive Wilkinson built a veritable campus for Pallotta TeamWorks, a national charity-events company.
Herman Miller’s National Design Center in Atlanta
achieved a LEED Gold rating
for commercial interiors.
Now that work can be done anywhere, what qualifies as an office?
The future of the office is about
providing a balanced response to
the environment and the person
in the office—–or at home, in the park,
on a plane, or wherever the “office” happens to be.
The distinction between professional
and personal life has blurred.
The conventional version of the
open-plan office is now regarded as a failure.
With wi-fi and a laptop, the world is your office. No matter where you tackle your to-do list, good desk accessories are essential. The cubicle may soon be passé, but a perfect pen is perennially...
Looking for a cheap calendar that will never run out of pages? Think you're clever enough to think like a computer? Then this is for you. All you need are 12 pennies, a piece of cardboard, and an X...
I'm not into the hard modernism of concrete floors: I miss the cushy carpet of my youth. Are there eco-friendly options for wall-to-wall?
—Craig Dewey, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
With our airwaves packed with celebrity chefs, Americans are proving to have a solid appetite for what Julia Child would call cuisine—at least on television.
Due to the advent of the cell phone, wristwatches are dying a slow death, surmises Keith Moskow, principle of Moskow Linn Architects in Boston, Massachusetts. But rather than see people’s old...
Modernism and Manhattan's Bloomingdale's have not exactly been close bedfellows over the years. Here and there, the department store has sold its share of legends—including Knoll, for example...
House hunting isn’t just about roving the streets and stopping at For Sale signs anymore; instead, prospective buyers will spend hours trawling the Internet to find their future home. The editor of...
The popular myth is that foreclosures can provoke ire in sellers and bad karma for buyers, but this is rarely the case.
When the owner of a home dies without a will or trust to allocate their estate, the property goes into probate.