Latest Stories in Modular Design - Page 20

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    1947: The Acorn House Unfolds

    January 9, 2:18 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    While writing the obit for Empyrian Homes I alluded to the original Acorn house, describing it briefly and noting that Acorn founder John Bemis put it together with Architect Carl Koch. I could find little information, other than references to a Life

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    Floating Hotel Opens Near Gothenburg

    January 8, 9:37 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Here it comes, a 46 bed year round hotel to be anchored next to the famous Salt & Sill Restaurant in Gothenberg, Sweden.

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    Archigram Redux: More Ideas From the Sixties Are Fashionable Again

    January 6, 9:53 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    TreeHugger has referred to Archigram, the group of British Architects and students out of the AA (Architectural Association School) that came up with plug-in cities, walking cities, blow-up cities and other ideas

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    Boutique Hotel Built From Airstream Trailers

    January 6, 9:23 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    The Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa just added a rooftop trailer park, with each classic Airstream customized by local artists. PSFK writes that "Each of the polished chrome trailers sleep two people, and are embellished with design themes

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    Bright Built Barn is Built, Bright and Beautiful

    December 30, 9:30 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Perhaps I should just rename these design posts the "Jetson of the Day" since I am getting so many from Preston at Jetson Green. Back in September he introduced us to the Bright Built Barn; Now

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    Acorn/ Deck/ Empyrean Born 1947 Died 2008

    December 29, 4:09 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    After World War II, many designers tried to apply the techniques developed for wartime industry to housing; Fuller with the Dymaxion House and the Lustron houses were attempts in steel; in 1947 Acorn structures tried it in wood. Their

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    Cabin Kits from Copeland Casati

    December 29, 1:12 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    I find it interesting that so many women have become leaders in the prefab movement. Pioneers were Jennifer Siegel, Rocio Romero and Michelle Kaufmann (this year's Residential Architect of the Year). Two years ago we were

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    Less is More: Sheds For Living

    December 19, 1:29 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Richard Frankland of Manchester's FKDA has developed a small but complete little housing unit that is much more than a shed. "The idea of creating such a small living environment came from the growing reports of people being forced from their homes

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    Container Housing Jumps the Shark

    December 10, 10:47 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Mocoloco tells us: The 2+ Weekend House is a container house with a difference - it's made with containers manufactured expressly for housing (vs. cargo containers). "As opposed to the other container projects, which mostly feed on the excess of

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    Reaction Housing Stacks Up Against Trailers

    December 9, 10:00 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    In the prefab biz there is always the tradeoff between modular, where one has to ship a lot of air at great cost but it is delivered almost complete, and flatpack, where shipping is much cheaper because one can pack more units in a smaller space, but

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    Green Temporary Showroom by Vector Architects

    December 8, 1:25 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    It is a sort of showroom for a residential project, the likes of which are often built and then thrown away. This one is designed for easy demolition and recovery after use.

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    Puma City: Container Retail by Lot-Ek

    December 4, 2:12 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Nobody does shipping container architecture like Lot-ek, one of the originals. They have designed a demountable retail space for Puma, with "with large double heights as well as with 4-container-wide open spaces to challenge the

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    GreenBuild: Project Frog

    November 20, 8:43 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    A great way to start one's visit to Greenbuild in Boston is at Project Frog, a prefabricated building system that is as far from the standard school portable as a Prius is from an Edsel. (Seen previously in TreeHugger at Project Frog: Too Cool for

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    Modern Prefab + Credit Crunch = Teardown

    November 12, 10:05 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    The architects of the prefabs at the MoMA show Home Delivery were allowed to sell their houses at the end of the show. Most were more works of art rather than livable houses, so it shouldn't really be a surprise that there were not many takers. Only

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    Emergency Response Studio by Paul Villinksi

    October 27, 2:00 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Artist Paul Villinski has done a fab refab of a prefab, stripping out the guts of a 30' Gulfstream Cavalier FEMA Trailer of all formaldehyde-contaminated materials and rebuilding it with recycled denim insulation, reclaimed wood floors and bamboo

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    SEED [pod] Incremental Housing from Binary Studios

    October 27, 12:34 PM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Binary Studios suggest that their Small Energy Efficient Dwelling is like a plant: "As the seedpod protects and nourishes the seed in the initial stages of the embryonic plant, the SEED [pod] equivalently recognizes the social contract of architecture

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    Folding Bamboo Houses by Ming Tang

    October 22, 10:02 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    Jorge at Inhabitat calls Ming Tang's temporary shelters "origami inspired"; They remind me more of the tensile structures of Frei Otto They were developed as temporary shelters for the homeless after last May's earthquake in Chian that left millions

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    N55's Walking House Actually Walks!

    October 22, 8:37 AM by Lloyd Alter in Modular Design

    When we previously presented Danish designer N55's walking house it was just a model, and we asked miniHome designer Andy Thomson what he thought of it; he suggested "You should tell them wheels will be cheaper!" I never thought it would get past the


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