Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling, Part 1

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The Museum of Modern Art, 2008 - Architecture - 247 pages
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As the world's population swells and the need for sustainable ways of living grows ever more urgent and obvious, prefabricated architecture has taken center stage. Even before our current predicaments, the mass-produced, factory-made home had a distinguished history, having served as a vital precept in the development of Modern architecture. Today, with the digital revolution reorganizing the relationship between drafting board and factory, it continues to spur innovative manufacturing and design, and its potential has clearly not yet come to fruition. Home Delivery traces the history of prefabrication in architecture, from its early roots in colonial cottages though the work of such figures as Jean Prouve and Buckminster Fuller, and mass-produced variants such as the Lustron house, to a group of full-scale contemporary houses commissioned specifically for the MoMA exhibition that this book accompanies. In addition to an introductory essay by Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator in the Museum's Department of Architecture and Design, this volume contains essays on prefabricated housing in Japan and in Nordic countries by Ken Tadashi Oshima and Rasmus Waern, respectively. It also includes focused texts on approximately 40 historical projects and five commissions, as well as a bibliography.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD GLENN D LOWRY
7
INTRODUCTION BARRY BERGDOLL
9
VISCIDITIES OF A MODERNIST DREAM FROM TAYLORIZED SERIAL PRODUCTION TO DIGITAL CUSTOMIZATION BARRY BERGDOLL
12
PREFABRICATION AS A MODEL OF SOCIETY RASMUS WERN
27
THE CASE OF JAPAN KEN TADASHI OSHIMA
32
Texts by PETER CHRISTENSEN unless otherwise noted PROJECTS
33
04o Manning Portable Colonial Cottage for Emigrants
40
Balloon Frame
41
Maciunas Prefabricated Building System
132
Stadt Ragnitz
134
MetastadtBausystem
136
Stelco Catalogue Housing
138
Futuro House
140
Nakagin Capsule Tower
144
ZipUp Enclosures Nos 1 and 2
148
Moduli 225
152

Single Pour Concrete System
42
Sears Catalogue Homes
48
American SystemBuilt Houses
50
Maison Domino
52
Erector
54
Lincoln Logs Version
55
Baukasten
56
Dymaxion House
58
Copper Houses
62
LEGO
67
Keck Crystal House
68
Good Housekeeping StranSteel House
70
Jacobs House
72
Quonset
76
Packaged HouseGeneral Panel System
80
Yankee Portables
86
Plas2P0int House
88
Wichita House
90
Case Study House No 8
94
Unité dHabitation
98
Khrushchovkas
100
Westchester TwoBedroom Model House
102
Maison Tropicale
108
Meudon Houses
116
All Plastic House
120
Plattenbau
122
PlugIn City
123
Habitat67
124
Asbestos Cement Housing Module
128
Living
130
Oriental Masonic Gardens
154
Ramot Housing
158
GenAn Fantasy Villa
162
Almere House
164
Yacht House
166
Kim House
168
Container House and Primitive Huts
170
Great Hanshin Earthquake Community Shelter
172
Touch House
173
Embryological House
174
Quik House Variations
176
MVironmentsMHouse
178
MUJI House
180
Maquiladora
182
Migrating Formations
184
Platform
185
Vector Wall
186
Water Block House Fragments
187
COMMISSIONED PROJECTS 190 micro compact home
190
Digitally Fabricated Housing for New Orleans
196
BURST008
204
SYSTEM3 224 Cellophane House
224
Chronology
234
Selected Bibliography
238
Index
240
Illustration Credits
244
Acknowledgments
245
Trustees This One S 2973DWDN1T
248
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