As we were watching this awesome video of an ironic game of Tetris being played with old Soviet-era housing blocks, the resulting image looked oddly familiar. Could it be that a lot of what we know about contemporary architecture can be learned from a game of Tetris? The benefits of modular block building are obvious -- from lowered manufacturing costs and reduced material use to the quick turnaround of complex forms that can be portable and highly adaptable. The concept of building from prefabricated components is rich with potential -- read on for a look at some of our favorite pixelated projects!
The Tetris video may be a tongue-in-cheek shot at grim Soviet-era buildings, but the imagery it conjures is one of a rich and vivid future for our built environment. The concept is clear — you can build elaborate and beautiful buildings from simple modules. The future of building, especially sustainable development, is looking toward prefab building and increased density to solve some of our greatest challenges.