Prefab Architecture

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By Ryan E. Smith. John Wiley & Sons, 2010. Hardcover. 400 pages, illus. 9 1/4 x 8 1/4 in (23.3 x 20.5 cm).

"Prefab Architecture . . . is beyond theory, and beyond most of what we think we know about pods, containers, mods, and joints. This book is more than 'Prefabrication 101’. It is the Joy of Cooking writ large for the architecture and construction industries”.
– From the Foreword by James Timberlake, FAIA

Written for architects, designers and construction professionals, Prefab Architecture is a guide to off-site construction, presenting the opportunities and challenges associated with designing and building with components, panels, and modules. It presents the drawbacks of on-site building and demonstrates why prefabrication is the optimal approach for achieving greater integration of products and processes, more efficient delivery and greater value in project life cycles.

The author lays the groundwork for these assertions by presenting a concise history of prefabrication, from the Industrial Revolution to the development of today’s CNC technology, and a review of production systems ranging from integrated processes to lean manufacturing. Examples of prefabricated structure, enclosure, service, and interior building products are presented throughout, together with numerous prefab projects by contemporary architects and fabricators. Featured in the book are works by KieranTimberlake, SHoP Architects, Office dA, Michelle Kaufmann and others.