Following my research into prefabricated building techniques and our round table discussion in class, I began thinking about all of prefab’s applications and degrees of usage- from Ikea furniture to concrete block walls to entire commercial
buildings. I really believe that the possibilities of prefab are endless and we as designers should be embracing prefab as a sustainable, cost effective building tool. As Mr. Mehmet Dogu stated, “Prefab is simply a construction medium- a new way to put things together.”
I think that prefab has the potential to integrate technology and may be a
great construction solution for the future. Prefabrication, I believe, is best
used in team-driven design scenarios where creativity is high. Creating
something with prefab parts is a bit like playing with Legos- you have to know
the capabilities of the building materials, which are now basically endless.
As we also discussed, some designers and architects feel threatened by prefab building techniques. The fear of being replaced by cookie cutter floor plans and Ikea homes is high in the industry. So, how do we fit into the prefab movement? Mehmet spoke on our role in
the process and said that designers must serve as educators, fill the gap between prefab and clients. It is our job to let our clients know what their options are, and to not be intimidated by prefab. Design is not going anywhere just because of prefab- design is a problem-solving tool that cannot be replaced by a new construction method.
So, what are your thoughts on prefabrication? Are you fearful of being cut out of the construction process? What are your visions for the future of prefab?