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Postby lavardera » Tue Dec 14, 2004 8:03 pm

Look at the Office of Mobile Design: They are into movable, prefabricated, modernist housing, and other uses too.

Wes Jones Pro-Con container system answers to some of your concerns as well. The houses are composed of shipping containers and infill panels and are readily expandable and reconfigurable, (so long as you are turned on by containers, I know I am!).

You will either hate or love the flash on this site, but there is a lot of info there.
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Postby AZ RED » Mon Dec 27, 2004 11:15 pm

I loved this sight. Exciting concepts! Made my heart pitter patter. Thank you for sharing!

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Postby PixelPixie » Tue Feb 26, 2008 12:26 am

Fast forward three-and-a-half years and Shawn Kaffer's project, The Lorna House, is now the cover story on Modern Phoenix!

In partnership with Desert Living we've given this remarkable home 360-degree coverage, from an article in both print and online, an audio tour, and video tour on Desert Lifestyles every Sunday in March.

The fun starts here, and continues clear through April: ... _Jan08.wav

In my article, I propose that Haver Homes are like Jazz Standards destined to be improvised upon by artists for decades to come. It should be interesting to hear what historic preservation officer Debbie Abele has to expand on this mindset during her talk at our Expo on April 5th! If she doesn't directly address it, someone chime up during the Q&A session at the end. I have a hint at what she'll say, but it will be interesting to hear it in this public context.

Earlier in this thread, some trepidation was expressed about the thought of someone drastically modifying a structure that one had personally designed as complete and perfect the first time around.

Is any structure designed so remarkably precious that it is beyond the need for -- or would be insulted by -- modification?

Are midcentury-era tract homes precious? Why or why not?

In this era of deeply personal (and even expected) customization, what does this mindset mean for the future preservation of historically significant homes?

Are Haver homes even historically significant -- or merely quaint novelties that, with a little tweaking, can look cool?

Are some homes Jazz Standards and some homes not? Why? Which homes are, to you?

What do you think of the Lorna House and its treatment over the years? What do you really think?

I invite those of you who started this conversation to return and weigh in four years later, and invite new voices to join in. I also suggest readers go back and skim the existing comments in this thread for continuity if they can find the time.

These are deliberately controversial questions so go forth, be kind and have fun!

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