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Kiwi prefab : cottage to cutting edge : prefabricated housing in New Zealand

Author: Pamela Bell; Mark Southcombe
Publisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Balasoglou Books, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Until recently New Zealanders' thought of prefabs as drab, cheap, temporary, poorly designed school classrooms. Prefab houses tended to be thought of as cheap, small, relocatable, standard homes. However, today’s prefab home is design rich, high-quality, and readily customised to individual sites and needs. It is likely to be state of the art, an innovative blend of architecture, design, manufacturing and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Bell; Mark Southcombe
ISBN: 9780987659514 0987659510
OCLC Number: 820026086
Notes: "The 'Kiwi prefab, cottage to cutting edge' exhibition (Puke Ariki Museum, New Plymouth, N.Z., December 2012-April 2013) has been a parallel project to this book, and research for the exhibition has informed the book as much as the material for the book has informed the exhibition"--Acknowledgements.
"Kiwi prefab explains prefabrication basics and terms, and illustrates past, present and possible futures for NZ prefab homes in an accessible writing style. The book's end section provides a glossary and index that will make it a useful reference source. This book will appeal to a wide range of audiences from design, construction and manufacturing, to the homeowner, academic and student"--Back cover.
Description: 151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.
Contents: Re-fabricating prefab / Mark Southcombe --
"Home delivery 2008" prefabrication and digital fabrication in the rear view mirror / guest essay by Barry Bergdoll --
Offsite, Onsite / guest essay by Peggy Deamer --
Prefabs and sustainability / guest essay by Brenda Vale --
Out of time: IBS, an idea too strange for home / guest essay by Roger Hay --
Primer: about prefab housing / Pamela Bell --
Prefabs past: a history of New Zealand prefabricated housing / Pamela Bell --
Kiwi prefabrication today / Pamela Bell --
An emerging prefabrication generation / Pamela Bell --
Digitally fabricated futures / Mark Southcombe --
Kiwi prefab: cottage to cutting edge, the exhibition / Gerard Beckingsale --
Back to the future: reflecting on Kiwi prefab potential / Pamela Bell and Mark Southcombe.
Other Titles: Kiwiprefab
Responsibility: Pamela Bell & Mark Southcombe.

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Until recently New Zealanders' thought of prefabs as drab, cheap, temporary, poorly designed school classrooms. Prefab houses tended to be thought of as cheap, small, relocatable, standard homes. However, today’s prefab home is design rich, high-quality, and readily customised to individual sites and needs. It is likely to be state of the art, an innovative blend of architecture, design, manufacturing and construction. This book documents and contextualises a history of Kiwi prefabrication, our prefab architecture, its present state, some prefab characters and characteristics, and emerging and possible prefab futures. The book documents key prefab challenges and accomplishments, and some emerging prefab potentials. For example, the story of IBS, (Industrialised Building Systems) is a story of a NZ project that came close to revolutionising the house building industry in Australasia. By the late Roger Hay, one of the IBS founding team members, it is published in this book for the first time.

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