Pre-Fab Living

Avi Friedman

Space-saving, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient, the most innovative pre-fabricated homes around the world—from cabins to containers.

Efficient and inexpensive to produce, pre-fabricated homes are an ideal solution to the  financial and environmental costs facing the modern homeowner. Their extremely versatile format also makes them adaptable to all kinds of locations, be it a secluded off-the-grid setting or a dense urban area.

This survey of the world’s most innovative pre-fab houses explores the full range of possibilities, suitable for anyone interested in clever and creative home-building solutions—no architectural degree required. From carbon-neutral houses to plug-and-play dwellings and converted shipping containers, each chapter explores the varied and exciting ways that people are using pre-fabricated technology to address contemporary challenges.

Richly illustrated with photographs and drawings, featuring projects selected by a longtime expert in pre-fab architecture, Pre-Fab Living presents factory-made houses in a new light. Whether designing on a tight budget, crafting something self-sustaining, or simply looking for new spatial ideas, architects, designers, and home builders alike will find it to be an essential source of inspiration.


A timely overview of current pre-fabrication technologies through a collection of projects that explores current design trends and construction approaches… Friedman’s book provides an opportunity to reflect on the values, challenges, and potentials of these new homes.

— Maya Orzechowska Canadian Architect

Explores the latest advancements in prefabricated housing and showcases projects that show just how beautiful and innovative these dwellings can be… Sure to change the way you see pre-fab.

— Architectural Digest


Avi Friedman


Avi Friedman is a professor of architecture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada; an honorary professor at Lancaster University, UK; and president of Avi Friedman Consultants, Inc., a design rm with a focus on affordable and sustainable residential environments. He is the author of numerous books on architecture and design.