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  Jutta Albus / Philipp Meuser
Prefabricated Housing
Construction and Design Manual
225 x 280  mm, 600 pages
950 images, 2 volumes in slipcase
Vol. 1: Technologies and Methods (Jutta Albus)
Vol. 2: Buildings and Typologies (Philipp Meuser)
ISBN 978-3-86922-427-5
EUR 98,00
November 2018. DOM publishers, Berlin

New in the Construction and Design Manuals series by DOM publishers:

Jutta Albus / Philipp Meuser

Prefabricated Housing

Prefabricated housing has come a long way since its early beginnings in the 19th century. Although it is often associated with blighted urban landscapes and monotonous grey boxes, it offers a wealth of aesthetic and structural possibilities. Modular construction, based on large prefabricated panels, is undergoing a renaissance, particuarly due to the increasingly high demand for affordable homes.

The construction and design manual Prefabricated Housing presents in two volumes a range of production and assembly methods currently used in the field of prefabricated housing. Volume 1 particularly focuses on technologies, methods, efficiency, sustainability, and market relevance, and explores strategies for organising processes. Volume 2 investigates the potential of prefab housing on historical and architectural grounds as well as from a structural engineering standpoint. It provides an overview of the typologies of prefabricated housing, outlines ten design parameters, and presents fifteen noteworthy examples to make a fresh contribution to the current debate on affordable housing. The examples, selected from a range of cities – from Vancouver and New York to London and Berlin through to Astana and Singapore – show the wide range of purposes. In Moscow, prefabrication is primarily used as a means to provide affordable homes. But in some developed countries, it is surprisingly also used to build exclusive, upmarket properties.

This book is based on many years of research and practice in the field of prefabrication in architecture. It aims to show that prefabricated housing should no longer be a taboo for architects. The authors hope to encourage and enable architects to harness technologies, previously dominated by engineers, to create contemporary design forms at a human scale.


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