Future Building

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February 26, 2009
Originally published in Prefab Now

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’s challenging natural environment.

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  Steel trusses form the sloped roof while four separate modules create bedrooms and office space for nurses, teachers, and agriculturalists.
    Steel trusses form the sloped roof while four separate modules create bedrooms and office space for nurses, teachers, and agriculturalists.
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  One of Fred Friedmeyer’s modular dwellings takes shape in the Ethiopian hills.
    One of Fred Friedmeyer’s modular dwellings takes shape in the Ethiopian hills.
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  The pieces to Friedmeyer’s houses are welded in city factories and then trucked to their resting spots, where they are bolted together in a matter of weeks.
    The pieces to Friedmeyer’s houses are welded in city factories and then trucked to their resting spots, where they are bolted together in a matter of weeks.
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  Friedmeyer stands in front of a recently completed unit.
    Friedmeyer stands in front of a recently completed unit.
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