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Of ne­ces­sity, Unitec’s baches are built on site at

the univer­sity. The stu­dents are there, and the teach­ers, and the work­shop. But pre­fab­ri­ca­tion is also de­lib­er­ately part of Strachan’s teach­ing mes­sage. “There have to be ways to build well-de­signed and af­ford­able al­ter­na­tives to the pre­fab hous­ing sold by low­est com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor con­struc­tion com­pa­nies,”

Strachan says. He ac­knowl­edges that the search for the ar­chi­tect-de­signed pre­fab­ri­cated house is an age-old quest, even in economies far larger than New Zealand’s. How­ever, he says, ar­chi­tects should per­sist – pre-fab is the only means of rec­on­cil­ing be­spoke

de­sign and off-the-rack bud­gets.

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