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Prefab Housing and the Future of Building


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Table of Contents

1: Introduction; 2: Foundations in Literature; 3: Utilitarian Prefab, Conceptual Prefab, or a Third Way; 4: Barriers to the Uptake and Success of Prefab Housing; 5: A Problem-Solving Approach for Industrialised House Building; 6: Prefab Housing and the Future of Building; Conclusion. Thematic text boxes: Assembly and Construction Methods for Industrialised House Building; Digital and Automated Fabrication; USA; The Platform Approach; Business Models and Industrialised Construction; Case Study USA: Simplex Homes; Computational Design; Integrated Building Performance; Japan; Construction Logistics and Supply Chain Management; Design for Disassembly; Case Study Japan: Sekisui House; Sweden; Affordability and Industrialised House Building; Case Study Sweden: Boklok; Environmental Systems; Life Cycle Analysis.

About the Author

Dr Mathew Aitchison is Professor in Architecture at the University of Sydney, where he directs the Innovation in Applied Design Lab.

Full author list:

Mathew Aitchison, Toktam Bashirzadeh Tabrizi, Anne Beim, Rachel Couper, Robert Doe, Dan Engstroem, Ivana Kuzmanovska, Helena Lideloew, Duncan Maxwell, John Macarthur, Jonathan Nelson, Masa Noguchi, Marc Norman, Martin Rudberg, Ivan Rupnik, Ryan Smith, Lars Stehn, and Jose Torero Cullen.


'concise, organized, well-written... Highly recommended.'

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