TEAM Prefab MANIFESTO
Why organize an app, website, publication, blog and exhibition about prefabricated architecture?
When discussing a transformation of Silicon Valley, “A New Era of Culture, Change and Leadership is Upon Us,” Peter Schein of MIT’s Slone School of Management, stated, “…without giving new technology companies too much credit, I’d say it’s true that innovators out here have revolutionized both tools and processes of work….terms like loosely coupled, tightly aligned, fail fast, reality distortion field, and radical candor are all little points of light in a complex night sky reflecting the simple idea that we can work smarter…” He added, “…if we’ve learned anything in a cradle of innovation, it is that pace really matters. Socio-technical innovations may be re-energizing humanism in creative work, yet if any such process innovations slow down the pace, we can expect that the next big thing will aim to speed us up again.” At TEAM we draw a strong parallel between the current design/construction industry shift to prefabrication and the digital industry related innovations that Schein speaks to. By simply working “smarter”, prefab innovators have become catalysts for positive change in the world of Architecture.
Capitalizing on mass production processes that are highly controlled, managed and digitally implemented, Prefab Architecture has come of age. Trust in the massive variety of products sold via the internet has created a cultural shift in how consumers review, explore and accept new processes of learning, purchasing and education. From “purchasing a product for your household” to “purchasing your household as a product”, an accelerated consumer evolution has taken place. Compounded with the emergence of webinars, Zoom, Teams and Facetime meetings, video conferencing apps have become a business norm. Almost overnight, Covid-19 dictated mandates have gone as far as criminalizing in-person meetings and as such, traditional business processes have been staggered. “RE-ADAPT or DIE” has become a metaphorical mantra resulting in fertile ground for change on all levels of business. There is no “shock of the new”, only a more critical view of the past with the global pandemic further exposing traditional design/construction as inefficient and antiquated methodologies. The by-product of this newfound awareness positions Prefab as a robust strategy – ripe for positive impact in the world of architecture & construction. High quality construction, accelerated speed of project delivery and enviro-friendly solutions, all at an affordable price-point, not only enables a more efficient project delivery process, but it will solve some of our urgent social housing challenges – this is a long overdue. We subscribe to Buckminster Fuller’s quote, “…you never change things by fighting the existing reality…to change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete...” At TEAM Prefab we share and promote a new model, but we don't defend it - it will defend itself.
On a final note, there is no fee required for your inclusion in TEAM Prefab and we hope that you’ll partake – we simply want to share your work, and our collective vision, with the world.
- Peter DeMaria, Architect
INVITATION FOR RESEARCH SUBMITTALS
TEAM Prefab is on a mission to inform and connect business professionals, consumers and forward-thinkers around the planet who nurture, embrace and serve the market of Prefabrication - we're in need of your input, ideas and/or work.
Upon us is a paradigm shift away from deeply rooted and antiquated building design/construction methodologies. With this letter of outreach, we invite Thinkers, Architects, Designers, Developers, Builders and Policymakers to submit their past, current and proposed Prefab solutions for inclusion in www.teamprefab.com, a global resource of services and products. Project submittals will be scrutinized, reviewed and selected for inclusion in our digital/print media (website, app, publication, international exhibit and/or blog) with the goal of promoting Prefab innovation and building types that focus on sustainability, housing for the homeless and high quality rapid construction at an affordable price-point.
While we’re physically based in the USA - Austin, TX & Los Angeles - our website is of global outreach. With a spotlight on real/built solutions we also invite innovative theoretical/unbuilt projects and we welcome your participation in both categories. Should you decide to accept our invite, please visit our Project Submittal Form on our CONTACT page and submit your project(s) and ideas.
RESEARCH - PROFESSIONAL, EDUCATIONAL & THEORETICAL
Note: documents below have been shared by TEAM Prefab visitors. Please share additional resources with TEAM Prefab via: firstname.lastname@example.org. All credits related to respective documents are to their authors. Reach out to them directly for additional information - they're the pioneers of our industry.