Pre-fabrication in urban settings is an underlooked, under-researched subject. This might have to do with the fact that there are limited examples of prefabricated architecture in the city, and even less that have actually been successful. Those reasons (limited built examples) as well as the stigma associated with prefabrication (cheap, indistinct) aren’t the only factors; social and economic factors (such as unions) also play an important role.
There is a disproportionally high number of prefab buildings (especially residential homes) in rural settings. Our research, therefore, has purposefully limited looking into this well-documented area of prefab in order to explore and eventually identify the challenges that are unique to urban environments.