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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs M. Smith Inc (30 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586851322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586851323
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.9 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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...The challenges of light, flexible, non-permanent housing cry out for elegant solutions... That is exactly what we get in this book. -- Doors of Perception website, May 2002

PREFAB...presents the fascinating history of prefabricated housing--both its shortcomings and its enormous potential... -- Dwell magazine, Sept/October 2002

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Format: Hardcover
This is a nice coffee table kind of book, glossy photos of some amazing buildings, mostly new-build. An ideas book rather than an informative one, but pleasant enough all the same. I bought it whilst researching my book on UK prefabs (Palaces for the People: Prefabs in Post-War Britain). It wasn't at all useful for what I wanted but I enjoyed it all the same. Makes you want to move into a pod! Note it is US based and very much for that market. Possibly a bit overpriced?
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3.0 out of 5 stars Brief review 10 July 2011
By Globalex - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was published in 2002. It had many colour photos and schematic diagrams. From pages 12 to 38, it provided a brief history of the prefabricated house. Quite an interesting read. Then, it talked about how these prefab houses were produced. After that, it went to talk about individual custom-built prefab houses and concept prefab houses with examples. At the end of the book, it even provided a list of architects and their addresses who were involved in the projects mentioned in the book. This book is not for the coffee table but on the shelf to be read for information. If you intend to built a prefab house (as in my case), then this book is insufficient in terms of new developments, new designs and new materials being used today. It did not mentioned about the durability and longevity of the prefab houses nor the cost of their maintenance (if any). There is no mention about the contour and size of the land where the prefab houses were being built upon including the total cost of the building at the time. In summary, it's good read for historical information, the journey the prefab house had taken and the various prefab houses being conceived by the various architects around the world.
4.0 out of 5 stars better price 12 Aug. 2011
By Red Boat Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this at a tourist place and decided that I needed it, but not at the price in the tourist store. Interesting reading. A friend is a realtor in Tacoma, and has found a few of the Sears homes up there. It's a good book for when you have some time to kill, but don't want to get wrapped up in a novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it... 15 Feb. 2015
By ernest - Published on Amazon.com
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Love it, it is what the title says. Great book with great projects (although not too many of them, but diverse enough to satisfy the reader). Not a technical book on prefab...
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read 10 July 2013
By Collectorque - Published on Amazon.com
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More for Architects/designers than engineer/developers.

Quite a few architect and/or architecture firms are show cased.

Lots of great photos and more than a few fantastic designs are shown.

Just not much else.
5.0 out of 5 stars love 26 Dec. 2013
By lizzy2pink - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
everything about these books, its big and pretty and full of pictures helped me so much with inspiration on projects!
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