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dc.contributor.advisorTerry Knight.en_US
dc.contributor.authorPlewe, Thomas Claytonen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-10-01T16:00:41Z
dc.date.available2009-10-01T16:00:41Z
dc.date.copyright2008en_US
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/47897
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Architecture, 2008.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaf 65).en_US
dc.description.abstractTract housing has earned its position as the overwhelmingly dominant paradigm of home building and ownership in America because it's such an efficient and therefore cost-effective system. Custom-designed housing has provable benefits over a one size-fits-all approach, but has remained unreachable for the vast majority of home buyers (or at the very least not worth it) due to the price/time/hassle disadvantage of its inefficient production systems. In attempting to make customized housing competitive with the tract home on a price/time/hassle graph, this thesis searches for efficiency through using bricolage; nonstandard, ambiguous components; the principles of object-oriented programming; and the consumer-centric standard practices of e-commerce. A paradigm and accompanying software are created to allow a custom house to be designed in hours rather than months, enabling architects to design by arranging pre-designed multi-room components, as selected from a searchable database, into a single structure that uniquely fits a client's needs. Sample houses are designed and economic estimates are made to gauge the potential competitiveness of such a system with tract housing, as well as the system's potential effect on the overall economy of architecture.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Thomas Clayton Plewe.en_US
dc.format.extent65 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.relation.requiresSystem requirements: CD-ROM drive.en_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectArchitecture.en_US
dc.titleBesting the tract home : a software-based bricolage approach to affordable custom housingen_US
dc.title.alternativeSoftware-based bricolage approach to affordable custom housingen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Architecture.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc435532596en_US


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