Prefabs: The history of the UK Temporary Housing Programme, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover


The history of the UK Temporary Housing Programme, 1st Edition

By Brenda Vale


200 pages

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pub: 2003-12-16
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The book looks at the emergence of the prefab as a unique housing form. It examines the reasons prefabs have survived way beyond their design life of fifteen years, when other post-war housing types have been demolished. There is no other single text that sets the temporary housing programme in context.


'…the text provides valuable new detail about the decision-making, logistics and social significance of this project. It also gives food for thought about the wider significance of this experiment in prefabricated housing.' - Built Environment

'Brenda Vale is to be congratulated on selecting a topic that invites original analysis, and on searching the archives thoroughly. She is especially helpful in explaining the architectural and technical aspects of prefabs. The book is clearly written…' - Planning Perspectives

'The book is meticulously researched, and provides detailed insights into the political debate at the time, and criticisms from the professional press. It is an enthralling story at the very heart of the "New Jerusalem" that politicians and ambitious professionals, filled with postwar idealism, wished to create.' - Journal of Architectural Conservation

'The volume is well referenced and illustrated…from contemporary sources' - Urban Studies

Table of Contents

The prefab and its people. Bungalows by the sea. Over there. The house from the factory. The new Jerusalem. The costs of the programme. Building homes. Bibliography. Index.

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  • recent as well as longer-term history
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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning