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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: 814,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'easy-to-read and provocative . . . 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

'The Prefabricated Home is a rare thing indeed - an academic but accessible architectural history that's crystal clear about where architects should be paying more attention if they are to continue to be central to building design and offsite methods. . . a revealing, jargon-free and instructive book' --Offsite Construction magazine

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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