Facilitating change: the modular format in the design of prefabricated homes

Robert Doe, Mathew Aitchison

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This paper examines the modular format as a tool for systematising both computational design rules and building assembly methods. Its focus is a live case study of a 3 storey prefabricated apartment block. The goal is to explore the utility and effectiveness of this tool and its ability to facilitate change. A parametric model of the apartment block is made and various aspects of the modular format are applied to its assembly and components. Combined as a computational design and building assembly tool, the benefits of the modular format may be exploited. Thus flexibility, adaptability, changeability and reusability are maximised. Whilst fully interactive integration of the modular format may not yet be possible, it is hoped that its incorporation into the complexities of the architectural design process may at least result in more authentic outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016
EditorsJian Zuo, Lyrian Daniel, Veronica Soebarto
Place of PublicationAdelaide SA Australia
PublisherThe University of Adelaide
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780992383534
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 7 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 50th


ConferenceInternational Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016
Abbreviated titleASA 2016
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  • modular format
  • design rules
  • parametric modelling
  • prefabrication

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