Pre-Fab Houses on the Rise

High design, in an easy-to-put together package. That describes a new popular movement in architecture: pre-fab houses.

Witold Rybczynski, of the online magazine Slate, built his first pre-fab house many years ago. It was a summer cottage for his parents. He says the house is now 35 years old and has stood up very well.

Rybczynski says architects have always liked pre-fabricated houses. He says they cost about the same as an architect-designed house, so they are not inexpensive. Rybczynski says that ordinary, builder-style houses in subdivisions are mostly prefabricated because the kitchen cabinets, the windows and other components come from a factory.

Rybczynski talks with Madeleine Brand.

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