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newsletter 06
12 May, 2004

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1. Feature.
Fabricating Reality. In this issue we look at three projects that were recently in the fabrication stage.
  We have Glidehouse fabrication images on our Glidehouse status page.
  Our Dwell Home status page offers images of recent fabrication and the setting of the modules on site.
  Our recently launched fabschool section has some construction images of Modular 1 from Studio804

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

  Prefab Lab at the University of Texas at Austin was added to the fabschool section.
  The fabzone now includes studiointernationale's Platform 1234 developed in 2001.
  In Containerbay we added 2-Container House and 4-Container House by Mark Meyer.
3. Recent updates and announcements. The following projects have been updated since our last newsletter.

Warner+Asmus have recently released pricing for their weeHouses. See the second link in our fablist entry for the updated pdf file.

  In mid-March 2004 Ralph Rapson visited the North Carolina State University College of Design in Raleigh, NC to discuss his Greenbelt Homes. We have some quotes and photos on the Wieler Homes status page.
  The first buyers of an LV Home have started an online diary where they will track progress as they build their dwelling.
Site work commenced in late March. See the diary entry.
  The Dwell Home is on track for completion in June. We have photos of construction, transportation and on-site work on the Dwell Home status page.

4. Relevant news items.

  • Time magazine recently ran their version of the prefab story.
  • The New York Times recently ran a prefab item. Here is a syndicated version at SFGate.
  • CNN ran a TV segment on modernist prefab on May 5. There is an intro page here but the most relevant video segment is a broken link (which don't seem particularly motivated to fix...).
  • HousingZone has a piece on the Dwell Home and Ralph Rapson's work at Wieler homes.
  • The May/June 2004 issue of Metropolitan Home magazine lists "prefabitation" in their Design 100 Ultimate Style Guide (page 122). Noted projects include WeeHouse, LV Home, upHouse! and work from Edgar Blazona, Jennifer Siegal and LOT-EK.
  • Recently the Marin Independent Journal ran a story on Michelle Kaufmann's Glidehouse. It has since been archived and is now only available for paying archive subscribers.


5. Calendar items.

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