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Attractive Alternatives to Trailers

Prior to Katrina, New Urbanism founder Andres Duany had assembled his colleagues to consider alternatives to the existing pre-fab housing industry. His primary target was trailers. They are generally unattractive and definitely subject to severe weather.

The deployment of thousands of trailers to Katrina's victims simply made the issue more urgent.

Today's USA Today features one designer's response to the problem. New York designer Marianne Cusato has negotiated a deal with Lowe's to manufacture a "kit" so builders can assemble cottages on-site. According to the story, "the 308-square-foot prototype has siding desinged to withstand winds up to 130 mph. It may be tiny, but it is bound to be an improvement over a trailer. And it is certainly more attractive.

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