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Seminar: Off-the-shelf housing

 Date:29/09/2006
 Type:Culture, Architecture
 Location:England, London

A discussion on prefabrication in the UK market will take place at the 100% Norway venue in Brick Lane and include speakers from architecture firms Snøhetta and dRMM as well as Dickon Robinson, chair of Building Futures, and Colin Davies, author of 'The Prefabricated Home'.

‘Traditional architectural practice is based on service to an individual client and care for a particular site. But what if the client is an impersonal market sector and the building must be adaptable to any site? Architects claim authorship of their designs, as if they were poets or painters, but who is the author of a building that has been developed and refined through various versions by production engineers and market analysts?’ (Colin Davies, The Prefabricated Home)

Organised by the RIBA Trust, this discussion will focus on the future of prefabrication in the UK and how a developed collaboration between architects and the building industry can lead to innovative and provocative solutions. dRMM will be presenting their latest project, Naked House, a prefabricated sustainable timber house whose window ‘cut-outs’ fold into the interior to become furniture. Snøhetta will expand on their Løvetann modular home which will be live on display during the debate as part of the ongoing exhibition 100% Norway at the Old Truman Brewery. Other speakers include Dickon Robinson, chair of Building Futures, and Colin Davies, author of 'The Prefabricated Home'.

Chaired by James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation at De Montfort University, Leicester.
Free event, but booking essential. To book please email buildingfutures@inst.riba.org.

Off-the-shelf housing
A discussion on prefabrication in the UK market
Friday 29 September, 6pm
100% Norway
U-Block, Truman Brewery
146 Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

For further architecture related events visit the RIBA website www.architecture.com. For more information on Naked House, please email nakedhouse@drmm.co.uk.



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