Manufactured Housing


Industrialization techniques in architecture since WWII, including prefabrication and mass production, have been predicated on the standardization of building systems.  This methodology of the mass production of materials has been employed through the use of a uniquely designed and built prototype; while overall configuration could change, tectonics and standardized components were understood to be inflexible. This project no longer views form generation as fixed and ideal, but instead as supple and transformable.

Through the use of Computer Numerically Controlled production processes, new methods of fabrication arise and ultimately allow for differentiation in mass production. The introduction of specific computational design software enables the development of a non-standardized building system through material studies and serial logics.  Thus a new paradigm emerges, where local variation formulates continuous, yet differentiated, global structure.

The Manufactured House project explores the development of tectonic systems composed of repeatable yet non-standardized building components and seeks to capitalize on the change in mass production from the paradigm of the standard or rigid to the multiple or loose, by complexifying the relationship between prototypes and tectonic components.

The proposal also seeks to augment the current shift from the stereotypes of impoverished “trailers parks” of yesterday to enriched “land lease communities” of today by infusing low culture with high technology. Finally, the proposal seeks to offer a new view of manufactured housing that values strength, durability, effect and desire, borrowing strategies from the closely aligned automobile industry.  The product sponsors an image of lifestyle, spatial effects, and aesthetics that provide more than comfort and stability, but a new type of living ‘performance.’