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  • Construction Starting On Dubious Dubai Twirling Tower?

    June 16, 9:12 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    We have been dubious about Architect David Fisher's rotating tower for Dubai, with its wind turbines built in between each floor, and its claims that "the building will generate 10 times more energy than required to power it." We also wondered about

  • Vote For the Shed of the Year

    June 16, 8:11 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Garden sheds are becoming all the rage in America and TreeHugger has shown lots of them, but in the UK it is a highly developed art. They even have websites devoted to them like Shedworking and Weheartsheds, and a competition to pick the best. We have

  • Totally Tubular Modern Prefab

    June 16, 8:04 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Around 1960, Swiss artist Guy Dessauges wondered why we were so square. "La voûte résiste à des pressions beaucoup plus grandes que le plafond plat. The vault resists pressure much larger than the flat ceiling. Pour la même qualité de matériaux. For

  • Summer Sights: George Maciunas Prefab at Maya Stendhal Gallery

    June 10, 11:10 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Artist George Maciunas worked on the design of modern prefab from the late 50s through the mid sixties. " Designed for quick and easy assembly with a minimum number of components necessary, the structure requires no heavy machinery, and can be erected

  • Wall House Available Off the Rack

    June 9, 9:17 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    We loved the Wall House back in 2007, as did much of the design press around the world; now Chilean architects FAR frohn&rojas; are selling the plans and specifications to anyone who wants them.

  • Katrina Cottages Rolled Out By Lowes Nationwide

    June 6, 12:14 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    1200 SF 2 storey Katrina Cottage Some say it is an exercise in bad branding, like naming a line of prefabs ‘Mt. St. Helens Villas’ or ‘Hurricane Andrew Mobile Homes.’ But in fact Marianne Cusato's original Katrina Cottage was so cute that "Katrina

  • In Pod We Trust

    June 2, 2:16 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    It is a "continental camping hut" from Newfoundland Leisure Lodges, which appears to have nothing to do with Newfoundland and makes otherwise fairly conventional prefabs. It is 13'6 long and 8'-6 wide and can be dropped off a truck or can come with a

  • London Olympic Stadium To Be World's Biggest Flatpack

    May 27, 3:06 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Well, that is what the Guardian calls it. They say that the new stadium proposed for the 2012 Olympics is being designed to be demountable, so that it can be sold after the games. They note also that it could be "the first step in a new approach to the

  • Small Lot Prefab From Resolution 4

    May 22, 3:10 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    When we last looked at a modern prefab from Resolution 4, we got a particularly loud round complaints about it being a big second home and therefore not very green. Visiting Joe Tanney in his New York office, I asked if he had anything small, green and

  • Design for Deconstruction by Alberto Mozó

    May 15, 8:34 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Zoning determines the value of land, and if your site is zoned for a twelve storey building you can be pretty sure that anything that is a lot smaller is not going to be around for long. You could build it cheap and fast (like they do in North America)

  • Container Condo To Be Built In Detroit

    May 13, 12:47 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    A 17-unit condominium built from shipping containers is being proposed for Detroit, on lots now vacant or containing burned-out homes. According to the Detroit Free Press, "The project would stack empty containers four high, cut in windows and doors,

  • EvolutiV by Olgga Architectes

    May 5, 11:14 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    The 70 square meter Maison evolutiV was shown at the Salon Européen du bois et de l'Habitat Durable in April. It looks like a few container projects we have seen but is made from wood. (that is the point of the Salon) It was designed by olgga

  • Shipping Container House By Ross Stevens

    April 30, 10:14 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    It is a wall of containers, built against a hill in Wellington, New Zealand, designed and built by Ross Stevens. It uses the spaces between the containers and the hill to expand its living

  • Climate Change Protection Complex

    April 29, 2:04 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    That's what they call this new prefab from the Survival Center in McKenna, Washington, the perfect home for the new survivalists. They take five of these steel 27 foot long tanks and link them together, and includes everything you will need to survive

  • Trailer Pops Out Into Three Room House

    April 28, 5:18 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    "Light and compact enough to be drawn behind a motor car like a trailer, a movable type of house can be expanded to form three rooms at its destination. On the road it is supported on two wheels with drop axle and is sixteen feet long and six and

  • Canühome Unveiled at Green Living Show

    April 25, 5:44 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    After World War II, Edward Larabee Barnes, Henry Dreyfuss and Bucky Fuller all tried to use aircraft technology and ideas to build housing but it never took off, so to speak. Perhaps their mistake was modelling it after the wrong planes, going with

  • Östra Kvarnskogen by Brunnberg & Forshed

    April 23, 5:12 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    My Swedish is a bit rusty so I can't say much about this project, other than it won a big prize from the Swedish wood promotion organization Skogs Inustrierna. "Östra Kvarnskogen has been constructed within a large nature reserve with sharply sloping

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