Going on now through March 18 is the New London Architecture‘s “Prefabulous London” exhibition. The show is organized around the guiding principles that have made prefab such a crucial component of modern architecture in London: A is for affordable. B is for (lack of) bricklayers. C is for Container, as in the Container City project in the Docklands. The exhibit illustrates how designers have embraced offsite construction and modular components, as the stigma of somewhat brutal post-war apartment blocks fade and more creative, flexible solutions flourish.
But debate is stirring as to whether or not prefab is really going to break open the housing market as we know it.