Another new book: KieranTimberlake Associates principles Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake profile the design and construction of their Loblolly House in a volume released in June:
Through the use of state-of-the-art building information modeling (BIM), the architects were able to streamline the design-build process. Thousands of parts were collapsed and integrated into a few dozen panels and blocks that slid into an aluminum frame set on wooden pylons. Consisting of 70 percent prefabricated components, the kit-of-parts house was assembled (mostly with a wrench) and lifted into place on-site in less than six weeks.
The Dwell blog approves:
... handsomely documents the entire design-build process of the Loblolly House.... I dare say this book should be required reading for all architects, contractors, and developers.
Also worth noting:
The book includes a DVD of the film "A House in the Trees" by producers Rick Deppe and Kathleen Blake, a real-time documentary of the design, fabrication, and assembly of Loblolly House.
The list price of $40.00 is reduced to $26.40 at Amazon.
See also: our page of prefab books.
subtitle: Elements of a New Architecture
author: Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake
release date: June 2008
list price: $40.00
details: 176 pages, Hardcover
publisher: Princeton Architecture Press