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How the failings of Ford highlight the limits of prefabrication

Whenever talk turns to the housing crisis someone is bound to proclaim that millions of new prefabricated houses are the answer. 'Just like car production old chap.' And of course you can compare car, or better still van, production with house building. Four Ford Transits joined together might make a decent starter home, and there could be no argument about its feasibility. Fifty years ago the Bristol Aeroplane Company was turning out modular aluminium dwellings at a rate of one every ...

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