Components and connections : principles of construction by Maarten Meijs; Ulrich Knaack

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In short, every culture needs housing in large quantities, quickly and at a reasonable price – and this provides fertile ground for the development of systems. Thus, it is not surprising that many of the milestones in the history of building systems include examples of housing. The attitude towards system building, or more specifically, prefabrication, has always been in a state of perpetual change. The quality and solidity of a house were associated by many with slow, more traditional building methods, which in turn substantiated its value.

Haller masterminded the long-span Maxi (1963), the Two years later, when production was ready, the government Mini (1969) and Midi (1980) systems (48), the well-known furni- withdrew its funds and the production stopped. All in all, of the ture system USM Haller and several utopian designs. In the first 10,000 houses that the General Panel Corporation expected to three systems, the building structure, building services and inte- put out per year, 200 were produced and only a few were sold. rior finishes were based on a geometric three-dimensional grid and fully integrated.

51 49 Midi system in detail View into the ceiling construction with the integrated mechanical services. House of the Future, interior view Built for the Ideal Home Exhibition in London, this house is prefabricated in parts and exemplifies the use of plastic as a lowmaintenance material. H I STORY OF B U I LDI NG SYSTE M S 35 Paul Rudolph Paul Rudolph is the American counterpart to the New Brutalism In 1968, Paul Rudolph designed the Oriental Masonic Gar- of Alison and Peter Smithson. As an architectural movement dens (52) for lower-income families in New Haven, Connecticut.

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