Modernist prefab is still more of a meme than a marketplace. Most projects are “in development” and relatively few prefabs are available for immediate purchase.
While architects are clearly interested in exploring the use of prefabrication methods in design and construction, this is only one piece of the puzzle. Marketing a turn-key prefab dwelling is as much about understanding a business model as being able to design a structure. “Commercialization” is traditionally the domain of speculative builders and property developers rather than design professionals. So who will successfully bring prefab projects to market? What forms will winning business models take?
Our goal at fabprefab is to provide a forum for exploring developments in the modernist prefab marketplace. Community stakeholders include, amongst others, prospective owners, architects/designers, builders/contractors, materials vendors, property developers, city planners, lenders, insurers and various commentators.