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Prefab Architecture: A Guide to Modular Design and Construction

ISBN: 978-0-470-27561-0
400 pages
December 2010
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"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

THE DEFINITIVE REFERENCE ON PREFAB ARCHITECTURE FOR ARCHITECTS AND CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONALS

Written for architects and related design 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 building in situ (on-site) and demonstrates why prefabrication is the smarter choice for better integration of products and processes, more efficient delivery, and realizing more value in project life cycles. In addition, Prefab Architecture provides:

  • A selected history of prefabrication from the Industrial Revolution to current computer numerical control, and a theory of production from integrated processes to lean manufacturing
  • Coverage on the tradeoffs of off-site fabrication including scope, schedule, and cost with the associated principles of labor, risk, and quality
  • Up-to-date products featuring examples of prefabricated structure, enclosure, service, and nterior building systems
  • Documentation on the constraints and execution of manufacturing, factory production, transportation, and assembly
  • Dozens of recent examples of prefab projects by contemporary architects and fabricators including KieranTimberlake, SHoP Architects, Office dA, Michelle Kaufmann, and many others

In Prefab Architecture, the fresh approaches toward creating buildings that accurately convey ature and expanded green building methodologies make this book an important voice for adopting change in a construction industry entrenched in traditions of the past.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: James Timberlake, FAIA vii

Introduction xi

Acknowledgments xv

PART I: CONTEXT 1

Chapter 1 History of Industrialized Building 3

Chapter 2 History of Industrialized Architecture 21

Chapter 3 Environment, Organization, and Technology 47

PART II: APPLICATION 75

Chapter 4 Principles 77

Chapter 5 Fundamentals 99

Chapter 6 Elements 127

Chapter 7 Assembly 181

Chapter 8 Sustainability 217

PART III: CASE STUDIES 249

Chapter 9 Housing 251

Chapter 10 Commercial 295

PART IV: CONCLUSION 333

Chapter 11 Conclusion 335

Endnotes 341

Illustration Credits 353

Index 357

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Author Information

RYAN E. SMITH is Director of the Integrated Technology in Architecture Center (I TAC), an interdisciplinary research consortium at the University of Utah College of Architecture + Planning in Salt Lake City, Utah (www.itac.utah.edu). Smith's research and teaching focuses on promoting integration that leads to sustainable and lean design and construction practice.

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