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The Prefabricated Home

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ISBN-13: 978-1861892430
ISBN-10: 1861892438
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Editorial Reviews


"An impassioned call to architects to change their attitudes to design processes, manufacturing methods and relationships with clients. . . The Prefabricated Home is a more complex and provocative book than it might at first appear. By turns angry and optimistic, it is both a challenging and enjoyable read."

(Building Design 2005-06-03)

"Simple . . . necessary."
(Parachute 2006-01-01)

"An excellent survey of the prefabrication debate."
(Grand Designs 2006-06-01)

"A modestly titled but densely informative book that could potentially help change the world, for real. . . . He reveals fresh insight on the braoder issues of architecture and the original ideals of the modernists. . . . [Davies] writes with clarity, grace, and an intellectual rigour that is surprisingly free of jargon. The Prefabricated Home is a brilliant and timely book for anyone in the profession."
(Adele Weder Azure 2006-01-01)

"An incisive, provocative, and well researched polemic."
(Stephen Mullin Architectural Review 2006-06-01)

“Easy-to-read and provocative . . . the book will be valuable to a wide and diverse audience of general readers, design students, practitioners, and academics . . . Davies achieves such broad appeal by cleverly packaging two narratives into one book. His polemic on modern architecture is embedded inside of a competent short history of western architects' experimentations with prefabricated single family homes.”

(Design Issues)

About the Author

Colin Davies is professor in the Department of Architecture at the University of North London and the author of High-tech Architecture.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1861892438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861892430
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rory Toomey on May 13, 2008
Format: Paperback
As an architect interested in the idea of prefabrication I approached this book with the hope of learning as well as being instructed and entertained.
The author succeeded on all counts.
This book is extremely readable without losing any weight in content.
I recommend it to anyone looking for both a historical and a social history of prefabricated building techniques.
My only criticism is that the book skimmed over the huge prefab industry in Asia and Japan in particular to focus on Europe and North America. A small gripe concerning an excellent and rewarding read.
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By Eldur on November 9, 2014
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good reading and overview for architects, who usually are quite arrogant on prefabricated houses. architects, let's change the world now (
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By BandarK on June 4, 2015
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