AU2013 Day 1: The Hackathon
CASE Design successfully pulled off its first BIM hackathon last evening, and a fun evening it was! There may have been more socializing and beer drinking than hacking happening, at least around my laptop. I was particularly happy to meet Justin Botros of ProjectFrog, a San Francisco-based firm that designs and constructs modular prefabricated buildings, or “prefab component” buildings. As Justin explained, the term “modular” carries too many connotations of cheaply made accessory housing units. ProjectFrog does a lot of work for schools, a nice step up from building temporary buildings without breaking the bank.
I had explored the ProjectFrog website while doing my pre-conference homework so I was glad to have the chance to meet someone from the firm. I have long been interested in high-quality prefabricated construction, especially the work of Dan Rockhill’s Studio 804, and the economic thinking of KieranTimberlake, both in their built projects and in Stephan Kieran’s book, Refabricating Architecture. Despite the issues that Justin mentioned – building codes and construction unions not ready to make the switch – offsite fabrication makes a great deal of sense.
This morning, Jeffrey Vaglio of Enclos presented another spectacular prefabricated project, a suspended solar reflector element at the Fulton Street Transit Center in NYC. Stay tuned for more on that session in the next post.