Professor of Architecture
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.
"...Increasingly, the entry-level home buyer is hip, went to college, likes the urban life, and has a clear disdain for suburbia. The best analogy to prefab houses is the Mini Cooper—mass produced but with enough options to let the owners feel they have a custom automobile..."
Michael Pyatok, FAIA
"...As long as housing is treated as a commodity in a capitalist system, the technological advances that occur more often help the production end rather than the consumer end, and when they help both, it usually means a portion of the labor market somewhere has been hurt..."
Mark Simon, FAIA
Centerbrook Architects and Planners
"This is an issue of class and perception. I don't think the current 'high design' will appeal to people who now use modular housing. As for upper-middle-class buyers, they are interested in many other issues beyond design—status, security, maintenance, convenience, ease of purchase, resale value..."
Ware professor of architecture at Columbia
University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, New York City
"...The whole issue is marketing. Between mortgage companies, banks, the building industry, and the real estate industry, local bylaws are stacked against prefab. If that's not changed, housing will continue to be a fixed market."