What It's About:
The belief that housing can be produced more efficiently than is currently done is not a new idea at all. From sectional and mail-order kit homes to the enameled steel of Lustron and simple wood frames of Techbuilt, Americans have tried for more than a century to bring prefab into the mainstream. Yet attempts to fully modernize and industrialize the production of housing have never had staying power. In this talk, we assess historic challenges to prefab and then consider whether this time will be different.