Modular Fabrication

Fabrication and prefabrication planning which involves off-site manufacturing of modules

Can Recycled Waste Build Dignified Houses For Homeless People?

Affordablehousingaction.org does not claim to be an expert on 3D printed houses by any means, but there are some things about the homes reported in the article linked below...

Is Modularity The Future Of Social Housing? New South Wales Goes All In

Over-hyped? Under-Delivered? There's no question that factory-built, road-transported modules delivered to the construction field provide a significant challenge. Conventional builders struggle with the new pressures of just-in-time mega-parts delivery....

The Future Construction Economies Of Home Sweet Social Home

Many technological achievements are apparently ready to revolutionize the construction world. They are to be found soonest as they are touted in media featuring the construction industry. When they...

MPHA Leads The Way With ‘Deeply Affordable’ Neighbourhood Housing

The following Youtube video created three years ago explains how Minneapolis became the first major North American city to break the ironclad, almost universal bylaw 'protection' of single-family neighbourhoods....

Trailer Park Folks Been Loving That Living Forever. Academics Just Caught Up

Many more U.S. folks live in mobile homes ("manufactured homes" if you want to be snobbish about them) than receive federal housing assistance (e.g. public housing and housing choice...

Can 3D Printers Economize Everybody’s Essential 3D Space — The Home?

Truly, deeply affordable housing using traditional building methods is the housing development industry's way of throwing up a 'road closed' sign. Government subsidies would seem to be the preferred...

Modern Housing Dentistry: Squeeze, Extrude, Slump, Spit, Rinse

For the one in a million among you who lies abed before sleeping, mouth tingling from mentholated toothbrushing, and wonders whether the world's housing crisis can be solved by...

Affordablility: 3D House Printing Vs Modular Construction. The Winner Is?

Can high-tech imagination-tickling 3-D house-printing out-wrestle factory-based cookie-cutter modular homes and solve international housing affordable housing crises? Straight from the 3-D horse's mouth (a 3-D printing mag), the answer is...

What Future For Truly Affordable Do-It-Yourself Housing?

Is there anyone in the world not familiar with what has become known as "flat-pack" technology, thanks to its international masters, IKEA. Build your own day-bed complete with blanket drawers...

23 Walls: Different Brutalist Strokes For Different Low Budget Folks

Can flexibility added to brutalism be enough to make concrete walls into cozy homes? When the contest is fictional architecture,See: FICTIONAL ARCHITECTURE a real-life answer is not as important...

Czech Housing Good Enough For Yesterday’s Commies, Today’s Middle Classes

Imagine: worried housing academics, historians, designers and activists agonizing and shaking their heads over the "new chic" — privately purchased and refurbished social housing apartments — unadorned brick towers...

Protective Knights or Obstructionist Villains? City Councils Attack Affordability Crises

These days, city governments must work to balance the demands of residents of all stripes, from the comfortable and complacent to the needy and struggling. They are forced to...

Rooftop Modular Affordable Housing Horrifies Top Floor Renter

As a resident of a solidly-built, flat-roofed 1928 apartment building, a good-news modular housing story from the UK positively sends shivers up my spine. Oh no! We'll no longer be...

“Taking The UK By Storm,” Modular Housing Flexes Its Affordable Muscles

"Taking the UK by storm?" Well, we're introducing an industry magazine article today, and it's perhaps understandable that this particular piece of their prose is a little hypersonic, particularly...

Building Giant Thinks Tower Construction Outside The ‘Module Box’ Box

P1030355.1 (factory) photo by lkajsdfl is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 So. You have a local or regional need for affordable housing modules? Where should the manufacturing be sited? Let's take...

Can’t Do Affordable Housing Modules In California? No Matter, China Can

Believe you can and you're halfway there — Teddy Roosevelt Whatever happened to 'can-do?' A recent UK story raises the issue, one that arguably applies on both sides of the...

Do Simple Housing Toolkits Beat One Grandiose Smart City Of Tomorrow?

Dare we suggest that Google, or at least its sibling, is lumbering? Based on its proposal to revolutionize housing by wiring everything to everyone in a Toronto Smart City...

Can An Affordable Housing Crisis Be Viewed As A Slow-Rolling Disaster?

When it comes to affordable housing crises, there are are some potential benefits to be gained from viewing the crisis from a disaster perspective. This is particularly true where...

Wellington, NZ Modular Housing: Still Taxiing Towards The Takeoff Runway?

On one hand, modular housing offers building techniques that can result in more affordable housing construction. On the other, homebuilders prefer to keep using construction techniques they understand which allow...

Computer Aided Affordable Housing: Why Modularize When You Can Prefabricate?

What's in a word?  'Modules' (or modular construction) seems to mean pretty much the same thing as 'prefabrication.' Aren't they both ways of describing some element of a building,...

Twain Not Meeting? Conventional Industry Technique Vs Modular Economy

Everyone is happier working with the known, not the unknown, and the housing industry is no exception. For those building houses for the free market, construction know-how includes an...

Cozy And Bearable: Is There A Just-Right Tiny Home For You, Goldilocks?

Okay, so you don't want to live in a maxi-cupboard on a parking space foorprint, a.k.a  a Hong Kong apartment. But on the other hand you don't need a...

Affordable Housing Crisis Spin-Doctors Deliver A Faulty Prescription

Let's take the following media declaration at face value: "4 Out Of 5 Americans say there is a housing affordability crisis." Based on a sample of 20,000 people that's...

Developer Pioneers UK Affordable Housing Shell Game

This modular housingHouses, or components of houses, that are constructed at an off site factory and transported to their final destination. initiative intrigued and impressed us here at affordablehousingaction.org....

UK Looks To Adopt Home Ownership Plan Based On What You Can Afford

Swedish construction company Skanska, in partnership with well-known furniture retailer Ikea wants to build affordable housing in Worthing, Sussex, UK. 30% of the BloKlok partnership's modular housing project will be set...

Affordable Housing Massaged By Technology: Benefits? Or Techno-nerd Hype?

Can government or charitable grants and subsidies fuel a housing revolution and overcome today's affordability crisis? If so, it's sure not happening yet, if ever. Alternatives? Turns out they're popping...

Can Factories Churn Out Affordable Homes Like Assembly-Line Sausages?

The idea of modular housing has been around for a while. World-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the modular units shown above more than a hundred years ago. More recently...

Positive Vibes For Modular Construction In New York City

It seems that modular construction, at least in New York City, has been something of a colicky baby. Consider the following hopeful-trending-hopeless headline and article from CURBED NEW YORK: Modular Construction...

Heart-stopping Skylight Living Under Runways & Other Transport Corridor Affordable Housing Options

Gaze upwards through the reinforced skylight of your condo high-rise tower, one that has been tipped to the horizontal and is buried under a major airport runway. The sky...

Let’s Hear It For The Hulks: Affordable Housing At Sea, Cruising To Nowhere In Particular

Question for cruise affectionados: where do you get to enjoy the sea air, the company of hundreds if not thousands, a guarantee of no waves large enough cause motion...

5 California Ideas For Housing The Homeless

A California 'homelessness housing' design competition has announced winners from some 53 developers who entered a Los Angeles County innovation challenge. The winners are expected to use their prizes, which...

Alien Affordable Architecture, Modularity And The Challenge of Good-Hearted Politics

The Challenge: More governments, both local and national, are coming to grips with an affordable housing crisis using the fashionable tools of the day. They are finding those tools wanting....

A Quick Look At The Future’s Self-Building Houses

Imagine a home that builds itself. Not only that, when brought to a site as a packed container, it is capable of unpacking itself without any power source, using...

From Tents Without Rents To Sheds With Beds: “No Thanks” Either Way, Say Neighbours

In neighbourly America, homelessness belongs somewhere else, it doesn't matter where. And what about homes to house the homeless? They also belong somewhere else. It also doesn't matter where....

Cross Border Shopping Now Includes Modular Housing Units

A modular housing factory in rural Quebec province is sending more and more housing units across the Canada/U.S. border to destinations in the Boston, Massachusetts region. Long disparaged by the...

Idaho Company Mainstreams Tin Can Living

Homes built from sturdy but no longer seaworthy shipping containers have been, among other things, a subset of affordable 'tiny house living' explorations for a few years now. Shipping containers...

Housing Industry Fears ‘Meddling’ Giants? Fear Too, Meddling Midgets Like Alberta’s ARDN

The warnings to watch out have been echoing within North America's conventional housing industry. Take the idea expressed in an industry magazine Builder article earlier this year: that successful construction industry...

Seattle Eyes Vancouver’s Modular Housing Attack on Homelessness

Builder, a construction industry magazine, predicted in March 2018 in an article — The Real Data On Entry-Level Home Buying Affordability — that if the conventional housing industry doesn't address...

Does Every Big City Need A Modular Affordable Housing Factory? San Francisco Leads The Way

The shoemaker is sticking to his last. For 'shoemaker' read 'the conventional housing construction industry.' Their 'last'? Market rate and luxury housing. Hard to blame them. That's where they're...

Kamloops Can Dodge NIMBY With Temporarily Permanent Transitional Housing For The Homeless

In an age of increasing homelessness, the alarm is sounding in civic councils. They are struggling to find constructive, supportive ways to tackle the problem of people with nowhere...

Your Community: The Last On Earth To Climb Aboard the Modular Home Bandwagon

Here's another theme, this one showing up in modular home-building articles we've been reading from around the globe. When it comes to factory-built homes, whether fully completed in-factory, or...

Modular Affordable Housing In Canada: Evolving To Fit The Bill

Getting on for 20 years ago, Peel Region (next door to Toronto) contracted with a private business to build an emergency shelter on a municipally owned site using modular...
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