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Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction [Hardcover]

by Ryan E. Smith, James Timberlake
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December 14, 2010 0470275618 978-0470275610 1

"Prefab Architecture . . . is beyond theory, and beyond most of what we think we know about pods, containers, mods, and joints. This book is more than 'Prefabrication 101.' It is the Joy of Cooking writ large for the architecture and construction industries."
—From the Foreword by James Timberlake, FAIA

The definitive reference on prefab architecture for architects and construction professionals

Written for architects and related design and construction professionals, Prefab Architecture is a guide to off-site construction, presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with designing and building with components, panels, and modules. It presents the drawbacks of building in situ (on-site) and demonstrates why prefabrication is the smarter choice for better integration of products and processes, more efficient delivery, and realizing more value in project life cycles. In addition, Prefab Architecture provides:

  • A selected history of prefabrication from the Industrial Revolution to current computer numerical control, and a theory of production from integrated processes to lean manufacturing
  • Coverage on the tradeoffs of off-site fabrication including scope, schedule, and cost with the associated principles of labor, risk, and quality
  • Up-to-date products featuring examples of prefabricated structure, enclosure, service, and interior building systems
  • Documentation on the constraints and execution of manufacturing, factory production, transportation, and assembly
  • Dozens of recent examples of prefab projects by contemporary architects and fabricators including KieranTimberlake, SHoP Architects, Office dA, Michelle Kaufmann, and many others

In Prefab Architecture, the fresh approaches toward creating buildings that accurately convey mature and expanded green building methodologies make this book an important voice for adopting change in a construction industry entrenched in traditions of the past.


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About the Author

Ryan E. Smith is Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (I TAC), an interdisciplinary research consortium at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning in Salt Lake City, Utah (www.itac.utah.edu). Smith's research and teaching focuses on promoting integration that leads to sustainable and lean design and construction practice.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (December 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470275618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470275610
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 8.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #437,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Smith is the Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center, an interdisciplinary research coalition at the University of Utah. The mission of the center is to to promote integration in architecture that works to flatten the process and product technology that lead to sustainable and lean design and construction practice. Smith's research includes analyzing the integration process, players and collaborations including the use of BIM, energy, and lifecycle simulation as well as leveraging emerging materials and methods of construction. His work in the center has been funded by federal and private institutions. http://itac.utah.edu

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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Book! A review by a builder and fabricator July 24, 2011
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I work with a team of builders and fabricators with experience fabricating over 1,000 projects in 10 countries. Based on our many years of experience and work with architects, structural engineers, other fabricators and general contractors, I wish I could make this book required reading for anyone seriously considering fabrication.

Integrating fabrication and building information modeling could change the entire industry. Unfortunately architects typically don't begin working with fabricators until late in the design process and therefore miss the opportunity to fully exploit the potential. The case for ongoing collaboration across domains is made repeatedly throughout the book yet this is rarely what happens on real projects.

I highly recommend this book and Deke Smith's Building Information Modeling: A Strategic Implementation Guide for Architects, Engineers, Constructors, and Real Estate Asset Managers. Both books make clear that integrated building information modeling and fabrication are very complementary and much more about iterative process engineering than any specific software.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A High Performance Building Skillset Bible April 4, 2011
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As an architect-developer and educator, I would hope this book becomes required reading for all students in professional schools of the building sector. Furthermore, all licensed practitioners would become better-equipped to help their clients save money because time is money, and the parametric components of modular design and construction methods are described so well by Prof. Smith. The book is - as James Timberlake, FAIA, expresses it so well in his foreword - ""The Joy of Cooking" writ large for the architecture and construction industries". When the concepts and methods of this book are combined with a mastery of BIM, IPD and the best design traditions addressing beauty and social responsiveness, and practiced within a mindset of climate change mitigation, we are made aware of what constitutes cutting edge skillsets for the building sector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent overview June 29, 2011
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The architect I bought this for was very satisfied with the depth, breadth and format of this reference. You can't get a higher recommendation than that. It is very hard to judge the usefulness of books from the publisher's description, if there even is one, and not many are out on the web reviewing architecture books for their utility in actual practice. I always try and glean as much as I can from the TOC and index (if the publisher posts it on Amazon) and parse the info given on illustrations but it's a guess. This time, a good guess.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THIS IS MY BIBLE! September 23, 2011
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I paid for this book here in Canada $70 and was worth it.
Very informative,inspirational and a must for any prefab practitioner.
I agree this book should be mandatory for any class.
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