In 1903, Henry Ford said:
“I will build a motor car for the multitude... it shall be light in weight and it may be economical in maintenance. It will be built of honest materials, by the best workmen that money can hire, after the simplest designs that modern engineering can devise. But it shall be so low in price that the man of moderate means may own one...”
We aspire to do the same thing with buildings that Henry Ford did with cars. We're not the first try this, but we believe we are at a unique moment when technology, the millennial generation, and our relationship with "stuff" are all converging to make possible the efficient production of quality living spaces, and finally achieve the economies of scale that most of the things we buy, like cars, gadgets, and clothes, have enjoyed for years.
We are building some of the first prefabricated uhüs (urban housing units) in the world, for city, town, and country dwellers alike. They are affordable, energy-efficient, built mostly of renewable wood-based products, and full of technology like the Nest and the Amazon Echo that make your life just a little bit easier.
We are also building one of the first "plug-and-play" exo-structures for uhüs to slot into, in an effort to realize the dream of "plug-in" architecture long envisioned by great architectural thinkers like Le Corbusier. This steel exo-structure is a grid of slots large and strong enough to accommodate uhüs, and may be pre-outfitted with access stairs, elevators, porches, utility runs, “living” walls, and solar panels.
Our first prototype uhü will be on display in our home city of Boston starting August 10, 2016 and ending in early January 2017. It is currently located at District Hall in the Seaport District. Come see what we're all about!