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IS-2003-12: A Network for Customizable + Reconfigurable Housing

This paper, written by Kent Larson, Tyson Lawrence, Thomas J. McLeish, Deva Seetharam and H. Shrikumar of MIT Media Lab, presents the initial implementation of a building network protocol consisting of three layers named Get, Set, and Go (GSG). The current housing development process discourages innovation and produces, mostly low-grade, generic commodities that cannot respond to the unique requirements of individual occupants. This paper, written in April 2003, proposes the decoupling of the base building design, approval and construction process from the customization of individual components, and to make customization practical.


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