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  1. A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing
    A Great Idea

    A Prefab Prototype for Disaster-Relief Housing

    How Superstorm Sandy helped inspire a Brooklyn prototype for more efficient temporary housing after a natural disaster.

    written by: Tim Hanrahan
    05.13.14

  2. 9 Historical Prefab Projects
    Rewind

    9 Historical Prefab Projects

    We showcase a timeline of nine prefab architecture projects from the 20th century. To see how contemporary designers are using the building technique, pick up a copy of our annual prefab issue on...

    written by: Diana Budds
    12.17.13

  3. Accessible Modern Prefab in Northern California
    House Tours

    Accessible Modern Prefab in Northern California

    Thanks to a prefab in-law unit, 
an octogenarian modernist lives 
independently on a peaceful, 
verdant site in Northern California.

    photos by: Joe Fletcher
    06.03.14

  4. The Suburbs Strike Back
    Profiles

    The Suburbs Strike Back

    Swedish prefab specialists Smedshammar + Holmberg are on a mission to rescue their compatriots from boring suburbs—and their deep-seated suspicion of architects.

    written by: Jane Szita
    01.23.09

  5. Hz so Good
    Green

    Hz so Good

    Architects Simon Beames and Simon Dickens are worried. They are worried about the impact that construction makes on the environment, though they are equally concerned about being thought of as...

    written by: Iain Aitch
    02.01.09

  6. Future Building
    Profiles

    Future Building

    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...

    written by: Donovan Finn
    02.26.09

  7. John Quale
    Interviews

    John Quale

    John Quale discovered his calling early. While his buddies were reading Brewers box scores, nine-year-old Quale was analyzing house-of-the-week floor plans in the Milwaukee Sentinel.

    written by: Arnie Cooper
    04.20.09

  8. Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1
    Travel Reports

    Touring Vitra Campus, Part 1

    The Vitra Campus in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, is design-heaven on Earth. Since the 1950s, it has been home to Vitra's furniture production (the company headquarters are located across the border in...

    written by: Miyoko Ohtake
    photos by: Miyoko Ohtake
    09.29.11

  9. Top Dror
    House Tours

    Top Dror

    Industrial designer Dror Benshetrit’s new building system, QuaDror, can be applied to make just about anything from architecture to table bases.

    written by: Marc Kristal
    11.29.11

  10. Sweet Nothing
    Green

    Sweet Nothing

    We’re heading into an uncertain future, but two things are clear: Technology is getting better and the environment is getting worse. Fortunately, the former offers solutions for the latter,...

    written by: Sarah Rich
    01.08.09

  11. The Country's Best Yurt
    Green

    The Country's Best Yurt

    Lakes of ink have been spilled over a peculiarly American wanderlust, whether it’s our ancestors’ push westward or our current penchant for cross-country moves at the drop of a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.01.09

  12. Dwell Party Highlights: Celebrating Prefab Design at SXSW Eco
    Event Spotlight

    Dwell Party Highlights: Celebrating Prefab Design at SXSW Eco

    What better place for Dwell to host our SXSW Eco party than a prefab pop up at the design complex of the woman who founded the Austin Modern Home Tour? Go behind the scenes in our story and...

    written by: Addie Broyles
    10.10.12

  13. Green Sustainable Home in Montauk
    Green

    Green Sustainable Home in Montauk

    Decades after they met as teenagers on a Montauk beach, Manhattanites Victoria and Greg Pryor returned to Long Island to build a sustainable second home together.

    written by: William Lamb
    photos by: Ty Cole
    12.14.11

  14. On Your Mark, Get Sett
    Interviews

    On Your Mark, Get Sett

    Austin-based modern prefab designer Kimber Reed wants you to space out.

    08.15.12

  15. 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

  16. QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba
    A Great Idea

    QuaDror Unveiled at Design Indaba

    In its simplest version, QuaDror looks like a child's wooden puzzle. Dror Benshetrit aligns four L-shaped blocks, and effortlessly shifts them from a few flat planes into an elegant structure. It...

    written by: Rebecca L. Weber
    02.28.11

  17. Tait Modern
    Green

    Tait Modern

    When building a second home, most people don’t consider traveling farther than upstate. But the Taits built theirs 30 hours away on the coast of Tasmania.

    written by: Catherine Franklin
    photos by: Peter Hyatt
    04.30.09

  18. Barely There
    Green

    Barely There

    If not for the dawn appearance of the bear, which came loping toward Maem Slater-Enns and her then six-month-old daughter as they sat contemplating the water, the Enns family might still be...

    written by: Deborah Bishop
    photos by: Thomas Fricke
    02.01.09

  19. Method Homes Prefab and jcpenney
    Dwell on Design

    Method Homes Prefab and jcpenney

    As usual, prefab homes abound on the show floor at Dwell on Design. And though we're highly enamored of Method Homes's Paradigm prefab, which is front-and-center in Dwell Outdoor, we're also happy...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    06.22.13

  20. Prefab Icon: Dome of Discovery by Ralph Tubbs
    Rewind

    Prefab Icon: Dome of Discovery by Ralph Tubbs

    With a life span of just 11 months, the prefabricated 1951 Dome of Discovery, designed by architect Ralph Tubbs for the Festival of Britain, lives on as a lost cultural icon.

    written by: Dominic Bradbury
    03.18.13

  21. 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

  22. Dwell on Design 2013: Outdoor
    Dwell on Design

    Dwell on Design 2013: Outdoor

    Dwell Outdoor is center stage at this year’s Dwell on Design, with full-scale prefab structures creating a neighborhood feel. All of the buildings bring their own flavor to the prefab methodology,...

    written by: Kristen W. Terry
    06.21.13

  23. 5 Striking Dining Spaces
    Houses We Love

    5 Striking Dining Spaces

    As previously looked at in Dwell's two-part series, Dining Rooms We Love, Dwell invites you to take another look at five simply stunning dining rooms.

    written by: Jami Smith
    10.05.13

  24. Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype
    In The Modern World

    Claesson Koivisto Rune's Scandinavian Prefab Prototype

    Claesson Koivisto Rune introduces its second iteration of the prefab home, combining time-honored Scandinavian touches with the studio’s signature polished aesthetic.

    written by: Madeline A. Potter
    12.26.13

  25. An Innovative Net-Zero Prefab in Los Angeles
    In The Modern World

    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.

    written by: Jaime Gillin
    12.29.13

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