109th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, Expanding The View

Unfamiliar Construction: Material Programming and Deployable Form

Annual Meeting Proceedings

Author(s): Ktie Macdonald & Kyle Schumann

Consumer-oriented construction is shaped by a collection of plug and play products: dimension lumber, CMUs, appliances, window assemblies, premade vanities, and so forth—an extension of Reyner Banham’s poignant mid-century analysis of the American fascination with gizmos.1 This lingering postwar vision is delivered not as a ready-made kit in the vein of Sears, Roebuck & Co.’s early prefab homes but as individual parts nonetheless intended to go together, furnished by Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, and others.2


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