00:00    |    
Initial credits  
00:06    |    
Blu Homes, an enterprise dedicated to pre-fabricated houses
Fabrication location 
Four main principles for the production process 
02:13    |    
Understanding the causes and effects of the design process
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
The last Judgement,Miguelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni (1536-1541)
The last Judgement, Guido de Petro also known as Fra Angelico (1425-1430)
  The Birth of Venus, Aelssandro di mariano di Vanni Filipepi also known as Sandro Botticelli (1486)
Understanding the mechanics of the body for creating a new art 
The Anatomy lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1631) 
04:51    |    
Start of Blu Homes Industry 
05:39    |    
Going beyond site building and modulation
06:33    |    
Mobile homes and their limitations
06:53    |    
Panelized building system and its limitations
07:11    |    
Objective of the prefabricated design 
08:11    |    
Precedents for folding houses 
09:06    |    
The folding method 
11:07    |    
Control of the design process, from beginning to end
12:27    |    
Centralization and control of the design and building process
Lord of the Rings, Peter Jackson (2002) 
The unifying design and construction method
NELH Becher Neme, and his role in the design process
Control of the documentation process 
17:52    |    
Instant House Project
Digital fabrication
Digital fabrication houses for New Orleans (2008)
Disadvantages of digital fabrication 
Ludwig mies van der Rohe´s opinion
21:58    |    
When and what to digitally fabricate
Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router and its uses
Uses of plasma cutter and water-jet 
Structural members in digital fabrication 
Reprogramming machines for new uses 
26:05    |    
Designing the means of production
IKEA as an example of design control and distribution 
Michelangelo's concern in form and shadow over function 
Architectural design throughout the ages
A Walking City, Ron Herron (1964)
Comparing the Palais Garnier and the Saint Geneieve Library in design communication 
Palais Garnier, Charles Garnier (1861)
Saint Geneieve library, Henri Labrouste (1842)
Sketches by Henri Labrouste 
Structural steel and its complications in the construction method 
Digital fabrication as a means for production in sub-assemblies 
Control of the means of production and assembly 
Different trades of work in the process of construction 
36:14    |    
Documentation process 
Eiffel Tower, Gustave Eiffel (1887) 
Eiffel Tower, Robert Delaunay (1911) 
Components of the Eiffel Tower 
The LEGO system 
The importance of production 
40:00    |    
Questions, answers and commentaries segment
Is there a business potential in prefabricated houses for low-income housing? How do you try to explore new forms in your designs or are there constricted by the prefabrication techniques? 
Could you elaborate how did you convince your first client for building an affordable house? 
Are your designs conform to structural standards and climate requirements? 
Have you considered modifications for your construction model using concrete material? 
In terms of housing, What is the development of customization for an entrepreneurial goal? In terms of housing, What is...? 
55:35    |    
Final credits 




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

30 de septiembre de 2013   | Vistas: 24 |  

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.

Dennis Michaud is cofounder, technology and intellectual property advisor of Blu Homes and cofounder of Homebuilt. His previous experience includes…


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