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Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge

Architectural innovation, digitally designed homes and eco-friendly building were showcased in New Zealand's first prefab housing exhibition, Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge - held at New Plymouth's Puke Ariki from 1 December 2012 - 1 April 2013.

Developed by Puke Ariki and Victoria University of Wellington, Kiwi Prefab highlighted the movement of prefabrication from mass-produced buildings to highly personalised, architecturally designed, eco-friendly dwellings of the day – and unveiled possibilities for the future.

Four full-sized dwellings erected on Prefab Landing provoked and inspired; a timeline in Prefab Gallery enabled visitors to delve into our prefabricated past and present and discover what our prefabricated future might look like; and a packed events programme stimulated participation and conversation on what our built future might look like.

Explore this highly successful and internationally acclaimed exhibition through this website - discover the timelapse video, blog and much of the exhibition content, and purchase the supporting book of the same name.

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Well adapted for colonists - Pre-fab in Colonial Taranaki

March 27, 2013
By Elizabeth Cox, Bay Heritage Consultants

  Along with the four modern prefab houses sitting outside Puke Ariki for the Kiwi Prefab exhibition, there is another home that has been shifted onto the site. The diminutive Richmond Cottage, formerly Beach Cottage, which was the...
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2013 PrefabNZ Conference

March 13, 2013
By Sarah Backhouse

I’ve spent the morning with a group of 16 Masters of Architecture students who are beginning their explorations of new prefabricated housing models for an inner city Melbourne site.   Their designs will respond to a number of...
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Prefab Village

Prefab Village was a growing installation of dream homes designed by our community! Using provided modular templates (rectangle, triangle, cube) or everyday, found, or recycled materials, they created their own absolutely fabulous model dwelling.

 

Kiwi Prefab King (or Queen) of the Grill!

 

Congratulations to Riki Hoeata, crowned the Kiwi Prefab King of the Grill!

 

Click here for Riki's winning recipe!

 

 


 

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