Friday, January 30, 2009


As many know, pre-fab housing is is having its time in the spotlight right now--and likely into the future. Thanks to Dwell Magazine, an early champion of pre-fab, hosts of young architechts and designers took to the drawing board (computer) and have put out some fantastic, original modernist designs that can be quite affordable and of course, easy to move! The February 2009 Dwell is "the Pre-Fab Issue," with a cover of architect William Massie's American:08 prototype, which is now on display at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan(where is currently architect-in-residence). There are many features in this issue that I like, but American:08 is truly outstanding (and the most expensive at this point). Computer programmed laser cutters which he helped develop, are able to essentially sculpt your average building materials to create surprising dips, curves, and ellipises, that redefine the idea of what an elongated white rectanglular structure can be. Check it out:

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