In Brief

With the challenges of our changing world pushing the limits of our current ways of life, one adapting medium is architecture - specifically the technologically liberated field of prefab architecture....

The answers to the first question are likely a rat’s nest of industrial, socio-cultural theories, and market forces. Prefab has gotten a black eye in recent times and is seen by many in the U.S. as an outgrowth of mobile homes and the pervue of trailer parks. Europe has seemingly not had such a harsh view of prefab and IKEA’s BoKlok is sure to be a hit anywhere it is offered. Thanks to the mad popularity and value driven ethos of the company this could be a major step forward for the industry. Leave it to the Swedes to insist on good design in an accessible package. With availability set for this year the BoKlok offering maybe a very telling event.

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