Last month we released our new book Prefab Housing and the Future of Building by Mathew Aitchison. The book provides a timely insight into the promise of prefabricated housing and the idea of a more industrialised approach to house building which designers, inventors, engineers, builders, developers, and entrepreneurs have all been fascinated by since the 19th century. However, the international housing affordability crises, emerging technologies, and concerns for more sustainable building practices have given a new urgency to the need to transform building construction in the 21st century and prefab is being seen as a possible solution.
One of Joseph Eichler's developments at Lucas Valley, California in 1962
© Ernest Braun
Richly illustrated and drawing on historical examples and contemporary design studies, it is the first book to provide an international history of prefab and modular housing as well as suggesting a future scenario for industrialised house building that will both challenge the existing industry and stimulate the public imagination.
Blu Homes 'Breezehouse', 2015. Proprietary folding systems allowed for larger internal spaces than other volumetric systems.
© Blu Homes
Order your copy of Prefab Housing from our website.