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Building Inside Out: Digital Mockup, Fabrication, and Assembly of Folding, Factory-Built Houses

30 de septiembre de 2013    |  

In 2008, Dennis Michaud cofounded BLU homes, a company that builds prefabricated, factory-made folding houses that are shipped to the site. Michaud’s philosophy is consistent with Nader Tehrani’s affirmation that, in order to build challenging architecture, an architect should have more extensive control over the design process.

In this conference, Michaud describes BLU homes’ revolutionary method of “folding-unfolding” houses. The efficiency of this design method is laden with advantages, including means of economic shipment, collaboration of different trades at the building site, opportunities to construct in new, previously inaccessible regions, and a strong stimulus for creative space usage. BLU homes’ system, he emphasizes, is in tune with four principles that allow architects to maintain control over the entire design, production and construction process, from beginning to end. This allows architects to undersee the entire construction exercise, rendering production more efficient for both architects and contractors, and significantly reducing costs for clients.






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