HOUSING: Move out of Modules

Among the bright dreams of better living through technology that were spawned in the 1960s was the vision of assembly-lme housing. There would be mass production in the factory of entire rooms, or modules, which would be shipped to building sites and stacked in place by cranes to create moderately priced homes almost instantaneously The vision bewitched, among others' George Romney, then Secretary of Housing and Urban Development He declared two years ago, that by 1980 at least two-thirds of all housing production will be factory produced."

That goal now seems out of sight Indeed, the modular-housing industry is in a...

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