The Modern Modular

Session Title: The Modern Modular
Educational Track: Design
Session Code: FR1419
Date: Friday, October 18, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

For almost 100 years architects have pursued the Holy Grail of Modernism: to to design affordable modern housing that could be mass-produced. 

The efficiency of mass-produced housing, both conceptually and physically, has contributed to the self-same tombstones representing graveyards of complacency otherwise known as the American suburb. As an alternative to designing a product to be produced, RESOLUTION: 4 ARCHITECTURE has been exploring a process, a method of design that attempts to leverage existing methods of residential prefabrication in order to create custom modern homes. 

Learning Objectives: By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Summarize the design strategy of creating individual, site-specific, custom modern homes, while working within the limitations of the residential modular industry,
  • Differentiate the three basic tiers of residential prefabrication and compare each building system’s adherence to local codes and individual state regulations,
  • Explain the similarities and differences between Modules of Use and Modules of Implementation when designing and building using a modular delivery method,
  • Describe the modular factory production process while identifying inherent and potential sustainable aspects latent within off-site fabrication systems.

Content Leader:

Joseph Tanney, AIA

Principal, Resolution: 4 Architecture, New York, NY