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newsletter 10
June 30, 2005

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1. Feature.
b-Line from Hive Modular
  Hive Modular recently unveiled an example of their b-line medium home in Minneapolis. We have some pictures and an interview with the Hive team on the b-line status page.

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

  b-line from Hive Modular (as above) has been added to the fablist.
  Michelle Kaufmann Designs' Sunset Breezehouse was launched at Sunset celebration weekend in Menlo Park, CA. We have interior and exterior images of the house.
  studio804 at the University of Kansas School of Architecture have completed another fantastic modular project in Lawrence. Kansas. We added this project for a six module 1,200-square-foot house to fabschool.
  prefabmod from in Costa Mesa, CA was selected as a winner in the Shelter category for IDSA-LA's Scientistic Invitational.
  From Santiago, Chile comes the flexible Espacio Minga, now listed in the fabzone.
  The fabzone now incudes Pad P4 from Pad/Building Dynamics in London, UK.
  We listed the iThouse from Taalman Koch Architecture in Los Angeles, CA. This is an all-glass dwelling with a Bosch Aluminum structure.
  Prebuilt from Melbourne, Australia offer a series of steel framed factory-built homes in a modernist style that draws on the local rural vernacular.
  Konyk Architecture from Brooklyn announced two new up! house models: the 1200 and 1500. Craig Konyk advises that the steel fabricator in China has extensive prefab experience in Asia.
  The fabzone now includes the jothouse from Yeh + Jerrard in Los Angeles, CA.

Several examples of Christopher C. Deam's Modern Park Trailer were on show at a Target exhibit in New York during ICFF. This re-think of the recreational park trailer is built by Breckenridge.

  6030 House by Gregory La Vardera & Northern Steel is a smaller variant on the theme developed with their 6040 house.
  We added Fleetwood's metropolitan concept home, which won an excellence in design award from the Manufactured Housing Institute in March 2005 (1,800 sq. ft. or less).
  In the fabzone we added CleverHomes CleverMINI - an 480 square foot SIPS-based structure with an open plan layout.
  The fabzone now includes POLIS from Tobias Huber of Berlin, Germany.These factory-assembled dwelling units plug into a docking system.
  Containerbay includes a couple more projects in development by LOT-EK including Container Home Kit Loft.
  platFORM, by William Deegan of Bethlehem, PA, was was added to containerbay. This was a competition entry  for a youth aids prevention/sports facility in South Africa.

containerbay also now includes MAS by Bluebase/Matthias Hamm from London, UK.

  We added the flat-pack accomodation container by starcabin in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
  For all our Yurt fans The Yurt Workshop, listed in otherfab, offers high quality handmade yurts from Granada, Spain.
3. Recent updates and announcements. The following projects have been updated since our last newsletter.
  Resolution:4 Architecture completed Camp Smull and have also posted more images and some movies of their Mountain Retreat project.
  Flatpak House by Charlie Lazor/Lazor Office was officially unveiled at ICFF in New York in May.
  The weeHouse people in Minneapolis released a set of updated PDF files on their recent projects. Their download page is here.

Jennifer & Barry, the first buyers of an LV Home have completed their LV Home. See their Luminhaus website and also Rocio Romero's testimonials page.


We updated an article link for Knockabout Walkabout, a cheap and portable house system designed for use by Aboriginal housing authorities in the Australian outback.

If you are interested in learning about prefab or modernist architecture, we have updated our infosource page to include some more books.

4. Recent news items.

  • The Los Angeles Times covered Jennifer Siegal's work and had some quotes from fabprefab.
  • The New York Times took a look at Charlie Lazor's FlatPak, as did a range of other media.
  • The articles above (and many others) are no longer available online. At the date of posting, the articles below are available online, but this will likely change over time as publishers archive their stories.
  • Deutsche Welle World ran Picking Designer Homes Off the Rack.
  • Duluth News Tribune looked at Natural Resources Research Institute's emergency housing that utilizes containers.
  • The Guardian in the UK heralded the upcoming arrival of IKEA's BoKlok product in the UK.
  • Kansas City Infozine ran a story on Studio804's Modular2
  • The Nashville City Paper mentioned Lazor Office's FlatPak and Tumbleweed Houses.
  • The Martha's Vineyard Times looked at modular homes.
  • San Francisco Chronicle/ mentioned Christopher C. Deam's Modern Park Trailer.
  • San Francisco Chronicle/ also featured the Sunset Breezehouse.
  • The Tyee from British Columbia covered prefab recently.
  • The Washington Post mentioned several prefab projects
  • A newswire announcement of Better Homes and Gardens magazine choice of Clever Homes to help design th eupcoming Better Home Better Living house.
  • The OPEN Prototype Initiative, led by the MIT Open Source Building Alliance (OSBA) and Bensonwood Homes, a builder in Walpole, N.H., aimes to establish a varied collection of components that can be combined to form unique structures, linked directly to efficient prefabrication. See the story at AIArchitect. Open Source Building Alliance (OSBA) is an initiative of MIT's house_n
  • Dwell Magazine hosted Prefab Proactive, a get-together of prefab practioners in February in Oakland, CA.
  • During April, The San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Architects held a Prefab Made Modular exhibition sponsored by Dwell magazine and also presented talks by Anderson Anderson Architecture (Prefab Prototypes: Site-Specific Design for Offsite Construction) and Michael Sylvester of fabprefab (Prefab as Productized Architecture).

5. Upcoming events.

  • CA Boom II will be held in Santa Monica, CA July 29-31. CA Boom is a showcase of independent contemporary architecture and design. The program includes home tours, discussion panels and a trade fair and design show. There will be a discussion panel on prefab co-moderated by Michael Sylvester of fabprefab and Dan Gregory of Sunset Magazine. Check the CA Boom web site for updates.
  • The Field Museum in Chicago is staging an exhibit Design Innovations in Manufactured Housing until January 16, 2006. There is a review of the exhibit here.
  • Dwell Magazine and the Hammer Museum present Prefab Now in Los Angeles, October 28-30. The program includes presentations, panel discussions and private home tours.
  • Houses of the Future is on show in Sydney, Australia until October 13. This showcase of six homes includes the e-BODE/Steel House as seen in the fablist.
  • The DIY Network is featuring a range of prefab technologies and dwellings over the next couple of months in their Assembly Required series. U.S. residents check your cable listings.


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