Archive for December, 2014


CMD is out with their latest data on non-residential starts.  Interpret the numbers as you wish, but sectors served by prefabrication and modularization appear to be ticking upward – particularly hospitality (a market particularly well-suited to highly finished volumetric units) and healthcare (a sector with increasing prevalence of the use of limited prefabricated components).


Long time inspiration and champion of prefabrication and modularization, Dwell magazine (if you don’t have a subscription you should get one, and if you don’t follow the writings of former editor there Allison Arieff at @aarieff then what are you waiting for?) featured Mark Line’s project with Garrison-Architects of Brooklyn.  Go subscribe to Dwell  then follow @aarieff and don’t forget to follow us at Mark Line Modular.


The FutureHAUS prototype being researched and designed by Virginia Tech Center for Design Research (long been a driver for innovation in industrial and modular fabrication) has its first completed deliverable:  a prefab, precision-cut kitchen “cartridge” heavily embedded with the latest technology.  This research project is supported by Mark Line Modular with modular consulting by our own John Morrison as well as the Modular Building Institute.  The initial component of cartridge will be shown early next year at the nation’s major Kitchen and Bath expo.  Read the full coverage and view more images over at Architizer.


As any architect or visual designer knows, applying appropriate, seamless and high-quality textures is always a challenge when rendering and modeling both concepts and finished designs.  Architextures is an interesting new site offering high quality, seamless and quality resources is an accessible manner.  They are generously offered up under a Creative Commons license for both personal and commercial use.  Check out the collection over at Architextures!


With the holidays fast approaching, here is an affordable and high-tech stocking stuffer sure to be beloved by designers, architects, illustrators, etc.  This new tablet from Moleskine digitizes and exports your doodles into Adobe Creative Suite as vector files.  Read the full coverage over at Gizmodo.