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The prefabricated home

Author: Colin Davies
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2005.
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"Most popular housing is to some extent prefabricated and has been for more than a hundred years. This is one of the reasons why it does not really count as architecture." "Architects are good at designing prototypes for prefabricated houses, but bad at following through with volume production. If they want to succeed in this field, and make a real difference to most people's most intimate experience of buildings,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic book
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Davies, Colin, 1929-
Prefabricated home.
London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2005
(OCoLC)60606337
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Colin Davies
ISBN: 1861896166 9781861896162 1861892438 9781861892430
OCLC Number: 857059981
Language Note: English.
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (223 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Cover; The Prefabricated Home; Imprint Page; Contents; Introduction; Part I: Histories; 1. An architectural history; 2. A non-architectural history; 3. House of the century: the mobile home; Part II: Theories; 4. The question of authorship; 5. Professionalism and pattern books; 6. Down with the system; Part III: Practices; 7. Ideal homes; 8. Little boxes; 9. The robot and the carpenter; Conclusion; References; Bibliography; Acknowledgements; Index.
Responsibility: Colin Davies.

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"Most popular housing is to some extent prefabricated and has been for more than a hundred years. This is one of the reasons why it does not really count as architecture." "Architects are good at designing prototypes for prefabricated houses, but bad at following through with volume production. If they want to succeed in this field, and make a real difference to most people's most intimate experience of buildings, then they must be prepared to learn from areas of the building industry that they have traditionally shunned, from pattern-book houses to modular hotels, from Portakabins to park homes. This book will be of interest to architects, architecture students and anyone connected with the building industry, but its jargon-free discussion of historical, theoretical and practical questions is designed to appeal to anyone who has ever lived in an ordinary house."--Jacket.

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