16 Pages

Affordable houses and sustainable buildings

ABSTRACT: The author has been conducting original research in modular prefabricated housing, sponsored by funding from the National Science Foundation in the USA. This paper describes an approach involving design strategies in the context of industrialized manufacturing of prefabricated buildings, demonstrating how structure is used as an integrating framework to organize modularization and anchor spatial relationships between architectural features and servicing elements. In turn this forms a platform for organizing component parts into strategic sub assemblies ready for rapid customized mass production.