Prefabrication Could Make Housing Construction More Affordable


Casas para todos - Dortheavej Residence / Bjarke Ingels Group. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj

Casas para todos – Dortheavej Residence / Bjarke Ingels Group. Image © Rasmus Hjortshøj

The concept of prefabrication in construction corresponds to elements, parts or entire buildings produced in a factory and transported to a construction site for a quick installation. This represents numerous advantages over traditional construction methods, such as speed, precision in execution, efficiency, cleanliness of the work and, in many cases, cost. Considering that housing is a primary human need, using industrial methods for the construction of affordable and good quality housing has always interested architects, whether to house growing urban populations or for temporary or emergency settlements, on the most diverse scales. After many attempts throughout history, the question remains whether the popularization of prefabrication in the construction field can be a solution to provide greater equity in access to housing.

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