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Perhaps, as banks and realtors can't make much off of them, they are given short shrift in the greater scheme of things
---specifically, planning and design of communities. Take it as a lesson about implicit bias, on a subject potentially free of race if not of class ?
Why not a system of posts and panels? I think Shindler has some kind of design for this. So you don't build a room, you build wall panels of varying types and a structural system and let people erect a house like an erector set. You could go to Home Depot and buy a bunch of panels much as you'd buy sheets of plywood.
I suppose one problem for such a system would be the difficulty of forming a rigid structure when using so many parts.
The model for this concept might be said to be Frank Lloyd Wright's three story Carlson House from 1950 ... designed and built for the editor of Arizona Highways magazine, of post and panel construction.Matt2 wrote: ↑Fri Oct 09, 2020 7:12 pmIt seems that "prefab" these days is about modular construction with component like a room or bathroom or kitchen made in a factory and trucked to a site for assembly. This is, to me, a process that is flawed due to the transportation issues.
Why not a system of posts and panels? I think Shindler has some kind of design for this. So you don't build a room, you build wall panels of varying types and a structural system and let people erect a house like an erector set. You could go to Home Depot and buy a bunch of panels much as you'd buy sheets of plywood. I suppose one problem for such a system would be the difficulty of forming a rigid structure when using so many parts.
But we're talking here of something larger than the block, I guess. One way or another, space has to be enclosed, in a quite broad range of sizes---from a closet to a kitchen/dining/living room---and in a way that's structurally viable (either as individual modules, or when combined with others.
However interesting the mechanical design problem---as attested to by the cornucopia of offerings seemingly a labor of love on the part of countless engineers and architects over, say, the last century-and-a-half---that is the impediment to progress, is it ? Rather, it's the policy issue, the politics, to utter the awful word, that must be dealt with. A sales job, really, to someone: the city, the planning department, the consumer, the neighbors: someone's got to be convinced of the viability of the thing . . . or, its innocence. "It's just like any other house, really it is . . .!"
It would be an interesting exercise to try to determine what about the forms or visible details of the pre-cut or pre-fabricated houses that, for instance, Lindal Cedar Homes offers, leads to their being "clunky" or boxy---if indeed that can be shown to be the case. Is it the lack of first-rate architectural design, or something specifically resulting from constraints implicit in prefabrication ?
manufactured by a variety of companies. They are now custom cut to your plans.
Not complicated for carpenters to install and highly energy efficient too.
Thermasteel panels are in my opinion and improvement on SIPs.
While state and local governments deal with such quasi necessities as zoning and codes, they often go way beyond the needs of the private sector, and should be reined in. Zoning is not entirely unrelated to redlining.
Remember a while ago the reaction on this site to Trump demanding federal buildings adhere to classical design? Not entirely the same thing, but the difference is just a thin line.
These design habits make Wright's work very different from much MCM small-scale work, wherein standard wood-framed construction is deployed, along with (or displaced by) exposed post-and-beam structure.