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February 17, 2015
From the world's first carbon-positive prefab to hurricane-proof homes, there have been some exciting breakthroughs in modular housing recently. This primer ought to catch you up on the latest.
Carbon-positive prefab house exterior

Making the most of eco-friendly innovations such as greywater recycling and green roofing, the Australian firm Archiblox designed the impossible, a carbon-positive prefab.

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Tom Ross
Originally appeared in The World's First Carbon-Positive Prefab House
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Though modest in price and size, Cubbico's modular homes are among the most durable on the market. The Dutch firm designs weather-resilient prefabs that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes, earthquakes, and up to ten-feet of snow. 

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Christoph Morlinghaus
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Hutte Hut prefab trailer interior fit for two

While some prefab designers strive for greater permanence, Sprouting Rocket Studio aims for mobility. The Hütte Hut prefab is a 44-square-foot mobile caravan that can be hitched to the back of a car and taken virtually anywhere. 

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Skye Moorhead and David Johnston
Originally appeared in Your Road Trip's New Best Friend: 44-Square-Foot Prefab Trailer
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Prefab typhoon shelters made of paper tubes and palm thatching by Shigeru Ban

Responding to the displacement caused by Typhoon Haiyan, architect Shigeru Ban designed a series of easy-to-build prefab shelters for the Philippines. The uncomplicated building process calls for materials that are readily available in the country, such as soda crates, sand, plywood, and palm leaves. 

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Voluntary Architects Network
Originally appeared in Shigeru Ban Designs Temporary, Easy-to-Build Shelters for Disaster-Prone Areas
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The Stack modular apartment building in Manhattan

Utilizing off-site prefabrication, Gluck+ assembled this 28-unit affordable housing building in upper Manhattan in just 19 days. The building relates to its surrounding architecture, while exhibiting a few tale tell signs of modular construction, such as its jigsaw exterior.

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Amy Barkow Photography
Originally appeared in It Took Less Than a Month to Assemble this Entirely Modular Apartment Building in NYC
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The interior of the S House prototype in Vietnam

Vietnam's Vo Trong Nghia Architects turned to prefab as an affordable solution to their country's housing stock crisis. The handsome S House protoype costs under $4,000 to build and can survive frequent flooding, an important consideration in Southeast Asia. 


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Hiroyuki Oki
Originally appeared in Affordable Prefab Prototype in Vietnam
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Tiny prefab cabin with black exterior and wood deck

The hardy Mini House 2.0, currently in development by Swedish architect Jonas Wagell, is designed to have as little impact on its environment as possible. The cabin can be built in two days and occupies a mere 160-square-feet. 

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Jonas Wagell
Originally appeared in Tiny Prefabricated House Can Be Built in Two Days
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Vipp prefab Shelter

The Shelter prefab by Danish firm Vipp rebukes the notion that modular housing must be spartan. Plush accomodations, such as heated flooring and a Spartherm fireplace, abound in this cozy 592-square-foot unit. 

Originally appeared in Prefab Gets a Makeover With Danish Industrial Design
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Carbon-positive prefab house exterior

Making the most of eco-friendly innovations such as greywater recycling and green roofing, the Australian firm Archiblox designed the impossible, a carbon-positive prefab.

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