The Prefab Future, Practically Here

With the Washington Post checking out Barry Bless and Jennifer Watson's LV Home, they join the growing list of mainstream publications to note the growing prefab trend. And on that occasion, a thought for the nay-sayers: modernist design was supposed to be democratic. The Eameses and others vocalized their belief that good design was meant to be for everyone, but somewhere along the line, modern design got taken over as an expensive, better-than-you elitism.Homes have always been something of a status symbol, but to be true to modernism, everyone should be able to afford a modern house. Prefab may be the way to achieve that. Would we all like sparklingly modern, custom-designed houses? All of us here certainly would. Can we all afford to commission an architect for a one-off design? Uh, no.

As another thought, prefab may not catch on hugely until there are a few iconic designs. Something like the Eames lounger or Noguchi coffee table, both of which are still in high demand their almost clichéd ubiquity. So far, residential architecture is different; we have a need to feel our homes are unique (even if they're just "custom" variations on a standard plan). A few trendsetting prefab houses could change all of that. Via Archinect ::Washington Post [by KK]

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