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Prefabs A History of the UK Temporary Housing Programme

By Brenda Vale Copyright 1995
    202 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Originally published in 1995, this book unravels the history of the ‘temporary bungalow’ and shows that perhaps it was more a question of providing a new peace-time product for factories than a means of providing accommodation for the homeless. Built in a period of housing history which remains fascinating for architects and planners and admired by some of their first occupants but berated by others, those prefabs remaining today are subject to preservation orders but also perhaps offer a solution to the ongoing housing crisis in the UK. The book includes chapters on the development of the prefab house in the UK; comparisons with temporary housing programmes in the USA, Sweden and Germany; political and economic considerations to the UK Temporary Housing Programme and a discussion of the design of the Arcon, Uni-Seco, Tarran and Aluminium Temporary Bungalows.

    1. The Prefab and Its People 2. Bungalows by the Sea 3. Over There 4. The House From the Factory 5. The New Jerusalem 6. The Costs of the Programme.


    Brenda Vale