- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Reaktion Books (19 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1861892438
- ISBN-13: 978-1861892430
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 662,805 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Prefabricated Home Paperback – 19 May 2005
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"An impassioned call to architects to change their attitudes to design processes, manufacturing methods and relationships with clients. . . The Prefabricated Home is a more complex and provocative book than it might at first appear. By turns angry and optimistic, it is both a challenging and enjoyable read."--Building Design
"An excellent survey of the prefabrication debate."--Grand Designs
"Easy-to-read and provocative . . . the book will be valuable to a wide and diverse audience of general readers, design students, practitioners, and academics . . . Davies achieves such broad appeal by cleverly packaging two narratives into one book. His polemic on modern architecture is embedded inside of a competent short history of western architects'' experimentations with prefabricated single family homes."-Design Issues
"An incisive, provocative, and well researched polemic."--Stephen Mullin"Architectural Review" (06/01/2006)
"A modestly titled but densely informative book that could potentially help change the world, for real. . . . He reveals fresh insight on the braoder issues of architecture and the original ideals of the modernists. . . . [Davies] writes with clarity, grace, and an intellectual rigour that is surprisingly free of jargon. The Prefabricated Home is a brilliant and timely book for anyone in the profession."--Adele Weder"Azure" (01/01/2006)
About the Author
Colin Davies is Professor in the Department of Architecture at London Metropolitan University. He is the author of numerous architectural publications including High-tech Architecture (1990).
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The author succeeded on all counts.
This book is extremely readable without losing any weight in content.
I recommend it to anyone looking for both a historical and a social history of prefabricated building techniques.
My only criticism is that the book skimmed over the huge prefab industry in Asia and Japan in particular to focus on Europe and North America. A small gripe concerning an excellent and rewarding read.