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ecoMOD: Sustainable, Affordable, and Prefab

A Design/Build/Evaluate Project by John Quale, University of Virginia
January 12, 2009 to March 6, 2009


The Banvard Gallery in Knowlton Hall is currently exhibiting ecoMOD: Sustainable, Affordable, and Prefab - which opened on Monday, January 12th and will run through Friday, March 6th.

About ecoMOD

ecoMOD is a research and design / build / evaluate project at the University of Virginia School of Architecture that aims to create a series of ecological, modular and affordable house prototypes. Working in partnership with the UVA School of Engineering and Applied Science, our goal is to demonstrate the environmental and economic potential of prefabrication, and to challenge the modular and manufactured housing industry in the U.S. to explore this potential. An interdisciplinary group of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, historic preservation, business, environmental science, planning and economics students are participating in the design, construction and evaluation phases of this multi-year project. The ecoMOD exhibit will feature the four projects developed thus far - three of which are for the Piedmont Housing Alliance, and one of which is for Habitat for Humanity.

About the Banvard Gallery

The Banvard Gallery is dedicated to thought-provoking installations with particular relevance to the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and city and regional planning. In the spirit of the broad reach of these professions, this includes sculpture, photography, and site-specific art in addition to professional work, materials and technology, and contemporary practice.

The Banvard Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8 AM to 5 PM.

For more information about this exhibition, please contact:

Jane Murphy, Associate Professor
Knowlton School of Architecture