Is Off-Site the Future of Construction?

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Lectures London, UK October 18, 2018

Current technological advancements have the potential to strip pre-fabrication of its ‘cheap image’ and overcome historic prejudices. This seminar will provide you with an overview of current tendencies in off-site construction, and discuss its future as an important cornerstone of contemporary, efficient and sustainable design strategies for architects.

This seminar will guide you through the historic context of pre-fabrication, give an overview of the current state of off-site construction and introduce several possible future tendencies of pre-manufacturing in architecture. By attending this seminar, you will be provided with a comprehensive summary, discuss pros and cons and highlight both pitfalls and benefits of a future with offsite construction in architecture.

This comprehensive session will cover:

  • An introduction to the history of off-site construction: in the UK and abroad, from the time of explorers until the prefab utopias of the post-war era
  • Common prejudices and scepticism about pre-fabrication and how to deal with them
  • Sustainability, efficiency and identity: possibilities of customisation, integration of context and client involvement
  • When to stop designing? Application of digital design and manufacturing techniques on small scale collaborative and interdisciplinary projects, as well as research in practice
  • Quality control: the benefits of off-site construction, manufacturer’s expertise and specifications
  • How much control can you give away? Risks of standardisation versus creativity
  • Future prospects of prefabrication in architecture: scale, materials and construction methods

Speakers will explain these topics by presenting historic case studies, recent practice experiences and possible future trends. The latter two will be a collection of projects from various practises and researchers actively engaging with the seminar’s topic. There will be opportunities for you to ask questions and share experiences.

Markus Seifermann, ÜberRaum Architects
Before co-founding ÜberRaum Architects, Markus delivered several high-profile buildings for world-renowned practices in Toronto, Stuttgart and London. At ÜberRaum, he has led a variety of projects from concept to completion. As a director, he enjoys a collaborative working method and the positive results this process embodies.

Markus gained his professional qualifications at the University of Applied Sciences in Konstanz, Germany and at UCL in London. He comes from an architectural and social background, where self-build and off-site construction is part of the cultural convention. His design approach is enriched through his love of film and the cinematic, which results in exciting architectural proposals that are dynamic and atmospheric.

Royal Institute of British Architects
66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

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