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Prefab presents a series of innovative homes and concepts that boldly demonstrate that this is not your grandmother's prefab, offers a glimpse into the history of prefabricated housing over the last century, and reveals a wealth of practical and attractive alternatives to the status quo. Prefab discusses architects, builders, and designers such as Walter Gropius and Philippe Starck, examines the historical precedents from Albert Frey's Corbusier-inspired Aluminaire house to Kisho Kurokawa's capsules, and showcases the work of twenty-four contemporary architects and designers who are exploring the myriad possibilities that prefabrication offers for housing of the future. From the fantastical digitized aluminum prototypes of Gregg Lynn to the stylish functionality of Ikea's prefabricated apartments in Sweden, Prefab presents a series of innovative homes and space-saving concepts that show how far this building technique has come-and how far it can go.< BR>Allison Arieff is a writer, senior editor of the architecture magazine dwell, and co-author of Trailer Travel. She is also the editor of several books on art and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop. She lives in San Francisco. < BR>Bryan Burkhart is the designer and co-author of Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. As creative director of his own firm, Modernhouse, he has designed books for Taschen, Chronicle Books, and Gibbs Smith, Publisher. Burkhart also lives in San Francisco.< BR>

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Via numerous color photographs and diagrams, two San Francisco designers cum authors broadly define "prefab" houses to include some element of prefabrication, and present information on the history, production, customization, concepts, and futuristic prototypes of such housing. They cover Quonset huts to the digital technology-inspired Embryologic House. The book includes a listing of architects and designers worldwide. It is published in landscape format. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Salt Lake City : Gibbs Smith, c2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781586851323
Characteristics: 159 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 23 x 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Burkhart, Bryan 1963-


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