Magazine March 25, 2019, Issue

Modular Housing Is Affordable Housing

A crane places a modular house in Slidell, La., onto stilts to protect it against floods. (Tyrone Turner/National Geographic/Getty Images)
How new construction techniques can bring the mortgages and rents down

Imagine you are building a house. Carpenters will craft forms for concrete finishers to fill and then throw up skeletal walls for electricians to wire and plumbers to pipe. Drywall installers and bricklayers will lend the house its form before painters add life. In all, an average of 22 trades will parade through the construction of a typical single-family home, a process that has barely changed since the Industrial Revolution.

If we wonder why the United States is suffering a dire housing shortage, or why real-estate prices are soaring out of reach for millions of Americans, we should also question the

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