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Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing

Link to Michelle Kaufmann Designs closing
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Yesterday, The LA times reported that info_smallMichelle Kaufmann Designs is closing.

Green prefab architecture firm Michelle Kaufmann Designs is calling it quits, a victim of the credit crisis and broader woes in the economy. In a letter sent over Memorial Day weekend, Kaufmann told clients the firm would close by the end of this week. She confirmed the news in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon.

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Kaufmann sold the factory last year and in November trimmed the size of her Oakland office to 17. She thought those moves would help see the firm through the recession. But two factories MKD worked with have gone out of business since then, and clients and potential clients have found it almost impossible to get financing.

"Being a small company without significant reserves, that was more head wind than we could bear," she said.

According to the article, she will continue working as a consultant. We wish her luck in her future endeavors.

There's more details in the article, and we expect additional discussion across the industry.

Author: Christopher Hawthorne
Publication: Los Angeles Times
Section: Arts
Length: 698 words
Date: May 26, 2009

Hat tip: Jetson Green on May 26, 2009.

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ma modular homes by KRDB in Texas

Link to ma modular homes by KRDB in Texas
http://www.mamodular.com/

We recently received an email from info_smallma, an offspring of info_smallKRDB in Austin, TX. From their site:

When we were searching for a name for our new modern, modular company, we kept returning to the Japanese concept, ma, meaning an interval in time and space, a dramatic pause, the silence between phrases of music. In architecture it is a quiet, neutral space that enhances the whole of a design.

They currently offer 6 modules:



Model Size BR Bath

info_smalldharma 540 sf 0 1
info_smallkarma 540 sf 0 1
info_smallintima 540 sf 2 1
info_smallmaxima 900 sf 0 1
info_smallgrandma 900 sf 1 1
info_smallsoma 900 sf 2 2

More information:

  • connector and stair modules are available
  • timeline: "Zero-to-house in 180 days...Two weeks after arrival you can move in."
  • price: $125/sf and $150/sf
  • picture gallery
  • blog
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   2. Modular in Austin, Texas (Jan 05, 2009)
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