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Prefab Hardcover – September 13, 2002
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Arieff begins PREFAB with a lengthy (29-page) discussion of the history of prefabricated homes, starting with panelized wood homes in England and the US in 1624, through the American mobile home boom after WWII, and ending with the current state of the industry. The next three sections of the book are devoted to various modern prefab projects. The first, titled "Production," presents "a diverse group of well-designed houses and multi-family dwellings that are either in production, or poised to be." Of the three groups, "Production" is perhaps most relevant to the average consumer; it illustrates the sheer diversity of prefab homes that are available around the world. It also reflects how beautiful prefab homes can be, both inside and out. Next up is "Custom," an eclectic mix of "unique homes by architects less interested in the mass production of houses than in the aesthetic, environmental, and economic benefits of prefabrication.Read more ›
Saying that aluminum siding is prefab is like saying bricks or CMUs or door frames or sunscreens are all prefab as well. I personally think this statement is untrue. These items are merely standardized pieces to the puzzle - sunscreens put together do not make a building. Prefab is the process of assembling all these things into volumetric modules or panels (SIPs) offsite in a factory.
I do however think the introduction and history were quite informative. Pretty pictures too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it, it is what the title says. Great book with great projects (although not too many of them, but diverse enough to satisfy the reader). Not a technical book on prefab...Published 11 months ago by ernest
I bought this because I am thinking on building my own new family home and like the modernism and on-site cleanliness that comes from prefab construction methods. Read morePublished 19 months ago by A. D. Caller
everything about these books, its big and pretty and full of pictures helped me so much with inspiration on projects!Published on December 26, 2013 by lizzy2pink
More for Architects/designers than engineer/developers.
Quite a few architect and/or architecture firms are show cased. Read more
I found this at a tourist place and decided that I needed it, but not at the price in the tourist store. Interesting reading. Read morePublished on August 11, 2011 by W. Frame
This book was published in 2002. It had many colour photos and schematic diagrams. From pages 12 to 38, it provided a brief history of the prefabricated house. Read morePublished on July 10, 2011 by Globalex
Prefabricated houses have a reputation for being cheap and ugly, with identical structures and little character - but PREFAB offers a set of exceptions and provides proposals from... Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Midwest Book Review
I was so excited when I read some of the reviews of this book, but once I got it, I realized that it is just not the comprehensive book I was looking for. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by A. Parris