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Welcome to fabprefab, a web resource dedicated to tracking developments in the realm of ‘modernist prefab dwellings’.
Why modernist prefab?
Predominant mass-market housing programs such as project homes or tract housing largely fail to meet the desires of people who appreciate a modernist design aesthetic. Custom-designed modernist architecture is beyond the financial reach of many people and so prefab is viewed as a design and production ideology that has the potential to deliver affordable modernism. While kit or prefab homes have been available in a range of either "traditional" or "alternative" forms for many years, surprisingly few prefab homes exist that truly embrace modernist ideals.
Will modernist prefab succeed?
Modernist prefab is still more of a meme than a marketplace. Most projects are “in development” and relatively few prefabs are available for immediate purchase.
While architects are clearly interested in exploring the use of prefabrication methods in design and construction, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Marketing a turn-key prefab dwelling is as much about understanding a business model as being able to design a structure. “Commercialization” is traditionally the domain of speculative builders and property developers rather than design professionals. So who will successfully bring prefab projects to market? What forms will ‘winning’ business models take?
Our goal at fabprefab is to provide a forum for exploring developments in the modernist prefab marketplace. Community stakeholders include, amongst others, prospective owners, architects/designers, builders/contractors, materials vendors, property developers, city planners, lenders, insurers and various commentators.
We hope you find this evolving resource to be of interest. Be sure to sign up for our fabprefab newsletter - so we can keep you up to date on prefab happenings.
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