Prefabricated Home

ISBN-10: 1861892438
ISBN-13: 9781861892430
Edition: 2005
Authors: Colin Davies
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Reaktion Books, Limited
Publication date: 6/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 248
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880

From sash windows and ceramic tiles to barracks and warehouses, industrialized building has thrived since the nineteenth century in Europe and America. Yet architects have neglected this area of practical construction in favor of historical, theoretical, and artistic analyses, resulting in the emergence of an influential building industry with architects on the far margins. Colin Davies explores in "The Prefabricated Home how the relationship between architecture and industrialized building has now become an urgent issue for architects. "The Prefabricated Home outlines the methods and motives of prefabricated buildings and assesses their architectural implications. Davies traces the origins of the branded building phenomenon with examples ranging from the Dymaxion bathroom to IKEA's "Bo Klok" house. He also analyzes the use of industrialized buildings worldwide--including McDonald's drive-through restaurants and contrasts the aesthetic concerns of architects against the economic ones of industrialized building manufacturers. Ultimately, "The Prefabricated Home proposes a partnership of architects and industrialized building that could potentially produce an exciting new type of humane and eco-conscious architecture.

Colin Davies is professor at London Metropolitan University and the author of a number of books, including "High Tech Architecture" (1988), "Hopkins: The Work of Michael Hopkins and Partners" (two volumes, 1996-2004), and "Prefabricated Home" (2005).

Introduction
Histories
An architectural history
A non-architectural history
House of the century: the mobile home
Theories
The question of authorship
Professionalism and pattern books
Down with the system
Practices
Ideal homes
Little boxes
The robot and the carpenter
Conclusion
References
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photographic Acknowledgements
Index

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