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newsletter 08
September 30, 2004

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1. Feature.
Edgar Blazona's Modular Dwellings
  In this issue we interview Edgar Blazona and look at his MD280 which featured at Caboomfest! held in Santa Monica, CA in August 2004. Edgar is auctioning his MD280 prototype - see the Announcement listing below.

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


Now House, showcasing building systems from Clever Homes, will be constructed soon in San Francisco at SBC Park. We have added Now House to the fabzone.


We added Clay House by Tone Wheeler/Environa Studio in Sydney to the fabzone. Clay House is one of the six Houses of the Future on show in Australia - see the Calendar listing below.

  Ten Year Hotel is a container-based studio design project by Lee Ferguson and Jonathan Whittaker. It offers a temporary approach to hotel design dealing with city, surface, and cell.
  Mobile Atelier, a University of Virginia project dating from the year 2000 has been added to containerbay.
  Cardboard House is a recent addition to otherfab. This is a relocatable temporary housing solution. A prototype will be on display in Sydney as part of the Houses of the Future program - see the Calendar listing below.
3. Recent updates and announcements. The following projects have been updated since our last newsletter.
  Edgar Blazona'sMD 280 prototype will be listed for auction on eBay on October 14, 2004. The starting bid for the 10 day auction will be $39,000 and will include all appliances. More information will be available at or at eBay at the start of the auction.
  Abode by Modabode was selected to be one of the six Houses of the Future, an event part of Australia's Year of the Build Environment. Abode is being presented as the Steel House.

The first production Glidehouse was recently shown at an open house at Lake Chelan in Washington state. We posted some photos.


Jennifer & Barry, the first buyers of an LV Home have updated their online diary where they track progress as they build their dwelling. They have also launched a web site for their vacation house which they have named Luminhaus

  Lazor Office has launched a basic website promoting their Flatpak House. Their info PDF is posted at the web site.
  fabprefab turned one year old in early August. Thank you to everyone who has supported fabprefab over the past year.



4. Relevant news items.

  • We've updated our infosource page with a couple more books.
  • ran Prefab rehab "Star architects are adding style and substance to prefab homes as manufacturers try to boost their share in a sizzling market".
  • Modern house designs on way published at profiles a modern housing development announced by developer Randy Voller and Nathan Wieler of Wieler Homes. The development will be in Chatham Forest outside of Pittsboro, North Carolina.
  • The Los Angeles Times ran Prefab becomes ab fab. "Visionary architects are reinventing factory-built houses. Their designs are efficient, eco-friendly and surprisingly stylish -- created for people with more taste than money." The story is now archived and available for purchase from the LA Times web site.
  • The Washington Times published House on a Shelf which examined the house for Andy and Michael Smull by Resolution for Architecture. The article has been archived and is available for purchase from the Washington Times web site.
  • Studio 804's Modular 1 appeared in the New York Times.


5. Calendar items.

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