Can the traditional construction process be replaced by modern manufacturing techniques?
The Prefab City
What We Did
What This Means
Reducing ecological impact: Construction sites are notorious polluters, contributing to air, noise, and water pollution, among others. A lean, holistic integration of design, procurement, manufacturing, and assembly processes into planned manufacturing centers could potentially reduce pollution caused by construction worldwide.
Planning for future reuse: The reuse of buildings constructed with prefab techniques will be facilitated by easy dismantling and repurposing off-site manufactured buildings or portions of buildings.
Leveraging the benefits of globalization: By supplying parts and building materials through supply chain systems, we can improve the quality of the finished product by manufacturing entire portions of a building in controlled environments, rather than on construction sites.
Accommodating custom-designed efficiencies: An automated, mass manufacturing process will increase efficiency and cost competitiveness, while also providing increased opportunities for user customization in the design and manufacturing process.
John Adams, YoungSeop Lee, Kai Chow, Reg Prentice, Olivier Sommerhalder
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