Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Are You Aware England has a Prefab Museum?

I certainly didn't know about the Prefab Museum and I don’t think I’m alone. It’s not quite what one would expect however.

It’s the history of how England prepared and completed affordable housing after World War II. What is of real interest is that what we are doing in the US today isn’t much different than what did more than 70 years ago.

The way they approached the problem was to build single family homes instead of multistory housing, which is one of today’s proposed solutions.

This is from their About Us statement:

Prefabs were put up as a temporary solution to ease the housing crisis after the Second World War. The Temporary Housing Programme was unprecedented as the first, and probably the last, time that central government took control of the design, manufacture and supply of homes.
At first looked upon with suspicion by the general public, prefabs soon became highly valued homes due to their amenities and clever design. 156,623 prefabs were manufactured and erected across the UK between 1945-8.  The Prefab Museum Archive is the first concerted effort to document the people and communities who lived, and still live, in them to create a national archive.

Take a few minutes to visit their website and maybe we can learn from some of their prefab mistakes before they become our mistakes too.

Gary Fleisher, the "Orginal" Modcoach, publishes Modcoach News, Modular Home Coach and the recently launched offsite consultant website, Modcoach Connects.

Contact me at modcoach@gmail.com 

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