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Components and connections : principles of construction by Maarten Meijs; Ulrich Knaack

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Modules are three-dimensional independent units pacity of trucks, trains or helicopters, and the size of the modules or partially complete sections. They can be repeated by stacking is limited by road widths and shipping container standards, while or joining side by side in order to extend spaces. 55 m. The modules are usually lifted into place by fully fitted with the essential kitchen and bathroom facilities, stor- cranes and bolted in position. During lifting, the modules are age amenities and living spaces in the factory, and then sealed subjected to structural forces, notably vertical bending and for transportation.

Alison and Peter Smithson of London were mainly known for Buckminster Fuller invented metal bathrooms for the Dymaxion their involvement with the movement of Team X and New Brutal- House, Paul Rudolph experimented with concrete. The House of ism. With their House of the Future (50, 51), designed for the the Future, complete with a private garden, was entirely formed Ideal Home Exhibition in London in 1955–1956, an honest, di- in plastic-impregnated fibrous plaster. The curved forms substantially reduced cleaning time, in keeping with the changing role of the emancipated woman.

The complete house weighed just under 3 tonnes – a normal house weighed 150 tonnes – and cost as much as a luxury automobile, just as predicted. After much marketing and public enthusiasm, the company received 3,500 orders. The architect, however, possibly for egotistical reasons, was not yet ready with revisions and claimed that the Dymaxion House needed seven more years of development time. The production, and all the visionary impetus that guided it, came to an end. 44 45 Wichita House, Wichita, Kansas, Richard Buckminster Fuller, 1945 The home version of the Dymaxion Deployment Unit was larger, modified with technically advanced interior fittings and still economically packed for easy transport.

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