ARC 591LEC– Pre-Fab Now, Pre-Fab Future

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Course No.: 20826

Department: Architecture

Semester: 2015 Spring

Location: Diefendorf – 208

Meeting Day(s): Mondays

Meeting Time: 6:00 - 8:40 PM

Faculty: Song

The building industry is rapidly changing the way it produces architecture due to the advanced manufacturing techniques and the digital technology such as three dimensional building information modeling and parametric design. Especially the competency to integrate the design and construction process has made prefabrication more viable today. Also, other benefits of prefab architecture such as the need of sustainability, cost efficiency, workplace safety are promoting this transformation.

However, architecture is, at the end of the day, a cultural product, and the aggregation of the modules cannot avoid the task to pursue the social and cultural innovation in the urban context. Therefore, after we examine the current prefab modular design and construction, we aim to experiment architectural innovation refocusing on social and cultural significance of the prefab practice on city making.

(This is a joint research seminar with a research team at Gensler LA office. We will do collaboration via bi-weekly online meetings and presentations)