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Contemporary Prefab Houses

Stillwater Dwellings has been included in a just-released publication from Braun Publishing on prefab design. Beautifully produced, Contemporary Prefab Housesemphasizes design by architects who incorporate a modernist aesthetic, sustainable production and deliver high-quality, affordable dwellings. The author explores the challenges in combining sustainability with building designs that appeal to the discriminating tastes of the average prefab client. Galindo also examines the efforts to overcome the negative stereotypes that arise when prefab is mistakenly associated with manufactured housing.

 

The featured Stillwater Dwellings home, model sd231, was installed in Bend Oregon in 2009.

 

Livable Cities are Bike-Friendly

The New York Times T Magazine design section recently showcased the stylish Linus bicycle:
And a few days later the BBC picked up the trend of America’s increased interest in bicycles as transportation, not merely recreation:
“America is known for its enduring love affair with the automobile. But in the last few years cities across the US have reported a surge in bicycle use, as people search for greener, healthier – and cheaper – transport options.”
However:
“…even the most bike-friendly US cities have years to go before catching European cities such as Copenhagen, where an estimated 30% of residents commute to work or school on a bicycle.
But Copenhagen cyclists have benefited from decades of pro-bike planning decisions, while US urban planners must overcome a century of energy politics and urban policy designed to promote vehicle use.”
Read the entire story over on BBC online
Cycle commuting in the US
Portland, Oregon – 5.96%
Minneapolis – 4.27%
Seattle – 2.94%
Sacramento – 2.72%
San Francisco – 2.72%
Washington, DC – 2.33%
Oakland – 2.15%
Tucson – 2.04%
Albuquerque – 1.75%
US – 0.55%
Source: US Census Bureau