Pre-Fabricated Homes

Pre-fabricated housing dates back to the 1830s, when a Chicago builder developed a “balloon frame” method of wood construction to help ease the growing city’s housing shortage. A new exhibit at MoMA, "Home Delivery," looks into the past, present, and future of pre-fabricated homes. It’s on display through October 20, 2008. Barry Bergdoll is co-curator of “Home Delivery” and is Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA; architect Lawrence Sass is professor at M.I.T. and designer of the Digitally Fabricated House for New Orleans on display at MoMA.