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A case for site-built vs modular homes

A case for site-built vs modular homes



Prefab is Not The Answer to Affordable, Modern Green Home   by Chad LudemanPrefab homes seem to be showing up more and more in the media these days, especially with two large exhibits in Philadelphia showcasing their history this year.  Like many, I hoped that prefab would be the answer to bringing modern architecture to the masses in the US and beyond.  I thought that finally, modern home design would be attainable by those of us who aren't pulling in lofty six figure incomes. That was until I conducted extensive research into the possibility of starting a development company in Philadelphia using only prefab homes. Don't get me wrong, I love prefab and many of the firms out there with cutting edge designs in the prefab realm.  There are also a variety of building lessons that can be learned from the prefab methodology.  I just don't believe it is the best way of delivering mod…

Economic development. Can politicians create jobs?

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Economic development. Can politicians create jobs?

Youth unemployment a global issue - A threat or an opportunity? Does our schooling system create unemployed youth after grade 12? Should we relook at the antiquated 1900 English curriculum? Should we not cater for children who are not mathematical or scientifically inclined? Should we not teach basic skills such as food production and artisans to build homes.

Did Maslow not state "basic fundamental needs - FOOD and SHELTER? JOBS are created producing these vital commodities
Decent quality housing is one of the key factors in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It is not just about putting a roof over someone’s head. Academic research proves that access to a clean and stable home implicates an improvement in security, health and education. Moladi, a South African based company established in 1986, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly technology.

Moladi combines construction wit…

Housing tech giant Moladi to showcase at World Design Capital 2014

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Housing tech giant Moladi to showcase at World Design Capital 2014

Housing tech giant Moladi to showcase at World Design Capital 2014


Moladi, South Africa’s housing technology giant, has been invited to showcase its pieces of work at the World Design Capital 2014 to be held in Cape Town, the company announced last week.

The Design Indaba will feature Moladi in a large exhibition called ‘Africa is Now’, taking place from 28 February to 2 March.  Design Indaba Expo is said to be the largest design/innovation event in the Southern Hemisphere,  attracting close to 50 000 local and international visitors. This includes 500 buyers from South Africa, Africa and around the world.

Major media partners such as Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian, e.tv, Wallpaper magazine and dezeen.com will also be there, as well as government officials, dignitaries, entrepreneurs and creative small business owners from South Africa, Africa and beyond.

“We are very excited and proud to have been invited to showcase …