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  • 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)

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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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I really enjoyed this book. It is extremely well-written, entertaining, based on very strong scholarship. I particularly appreciated the discourse about how the role of the architect has evolved, and how architects appear to have absented themselves from an active role in the production of buildings. The gap between what architects do and what constructors do is very apparent in this book. I strongly recommend this to anyone interested in architecture as a practice or as a discipline. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the industrialization of construction.
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The Prefabricated Home by Colin Davies offers more insight in the process of architectural design in 200 pages than could an academic education in 5 years. Although its focus is on the building of houses Mr Davies demonstrates the emancipation of buildings and architecture per se. Over the last 500 years the idea of the architect as an author was developed, this authorship proved to be an obstacle to architects in recognising what building is about.
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Essential reading. Great cover. Loved the photos.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good book 9 Nov. 2014
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good reading and overview for architects, who usually are quite arrogant on prefabricated houses. architects, let's change the world now (www.katus.eu)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Research and Style make for excellent reading 14 May 2008
By Rory Toomey - Published on Amazon.com
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As an architect interested in the idea of prefabrication I approached this book with the hope of learning as well as being instructed and entertained.
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.
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