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newsletter 03
20 December 2003

Our aim with these periodic updates is to keep you informed of developments in modernist prefab. Sign up for email updates to be notified when we publish this periodic newsletter and other prefab news.
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1. Feature.
  In this issue we offer an exclusive sneak preview of an oa-sys based prefab vacation house recently constructed in upstate NY.

2. Recent additions. The following projects have been added since our last newsletter.

  Fish Camp by Rocio Romero was added to the site. Product and pricing details will be available in Feb '04.
  Branford Point Residence by FACE Design was recently added. This project combines a tube steel moment frame with SIPS.
  We recently added the Clever CH Series of System Built Homes.
  Transformation Space One (TS1) was recently added.
  We added Dockable Dwelling by Matias Creimer which was one of the winners of SECCA HOME House project.
  We added FoxFowle Architects Gloucester Green project to containerbay. This project won a nationwide planning competition for a project proposing the reuse of shipping containers as low-cost modules for 351 live/work housing units.
  A container-based winning entry by students at the University of New Mexico for the SECCA HOME House project competition was added to containerbay.
  We recently added Addis Containers to containerbay. They offer a range of contemporary home designs based on shipping containers.
  Icosa Village Pods have been added to the otherfab page. These innovative cardboard-based shelters were inspired by the dymaxion vision of R. Buckminster Fuller.
3. Recent updates and announcements. The following projects have been updated since our last newsletter.
  Resolution: 4 Architecture advise that the Dwell Home is currently on track to be factory-produced end of winter, in the ground in early spring and hopefully to be completed by end of spring.
  Loftcube has been relocated from the fablist to the fabzone. Studio Aisslinger advises that the product is not being actively marketed for volume production at this stage.
  Updated renderings of the Glidehouse are available at the MK Architecture website. Architect Michelle Kaufmann is in dialog with manufacturers and is finalizing product specifications. Sales operations are expected to commence in early '04.
  Nottoscale's project has been renamed Modulome.

4. Recently published articles.

  • Newsday published an article on residential prefab. There is also a sidebar where fabprefab sneaks a mention and an animation of Re4a's Dwell Home is on show.
  • The December 2003 edition of Architectural Record has a six page article by Sara Hart titled "Prefabrication, the Speculative Builder's Tool, Has Been Discovered by Modernist Designers". The piece examines work by Resolution: 4 Architecture and Nottoscale, amongst others.
  • McGraw Hill Construction's Engineering News Record published Shipping Containers Show Promise for Living Space. The article refers to a multi-family proposal by FoxFowle Architects (containerbay 065).

5. Calendar items.

  • A prototype of Adam Kalkin's Quik Build (containerbay 063) will be on show at "Suburban House Kit" at Deitch Projects, NY, starting Jan 10, 2004.
  • The HOME House Project is back on display at Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem North Carolina until April 14, 2004.
  • Affordable Housing : Designing an American Asset will be on view from February 28 through August 8, 2004 at the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum in Washington, DC.
  • The International Builders' Show will be held in Las Vegas January 19-22, 2004. This tradeshow attracts 70,000 building industry professionals from 70 countries. 1,300 manufacturers and suppliers will occupy more than 1.2 million square feet of exhibition space.
  • Transportable Environments 2004, 3rd International Conference on Portable Architecture and Design will be held in Toronto, Canada April 28-30, 2004. Keynote speakers include Lot/EK, Chuck Hoberman and Dr. Alberto Perez-Gomez.
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