Joseph Tanney

Founder of Resolution: 4 Architecture

Joseph Tanney founded Resolution: 4 Architecture in 1990 with Robert Luntz. Since its inception, his ten-person New York office has been internationally published and highly acclaimed, completing projects in the residential, commercial, and public realms. Having designed over 120 prefab homes from Maine to Hawaii using modular, panelized, and hybrid methods of delivery, Resolution: 4 Architecture is considered one of the most prolific prefab architecture firms practicing today.

Resolution: 4 Architecture’s most recent and ongoing preoccupation is THE MODERN MODULAR, a systematic methodology of design that leverages existing methods of prefabrication for residential construction. These efforts are an attempt to offer an option of ‘Mass Customization’ to the single-family housing market, thereby potentially transforming the sub-urban fabric of the American domestic landscape. In addition to recently receiving consecutive AIA Design Awards over the last several years, THE MODERN MODULAR has received a 2005 American Architecture Award, a 2006 National AIA Housing Award for Concepts in Innovative Housing, and a 2006 Honor Award for Housing Design Research from the Boston Society of Architects and the AIA New York Chapter.

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The Rise of Factory-built Housing: Episode 2

Modular builders have taken the art of prefabrication to an entirely new level, where entire rooms with insulation, plumbing, and electric wiring are made in a factory. These rooms (called “modules”) are transported to a building site and then stacked next to and on top of one another to form a home in days. In the Hamptons, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and other major cities, it’s now possible to build a beautiful modern home modularly for as much as 50% the cost of building with local contractors.

Images & videos courtesy of Resolution: 4 Architecture

Predicting Our Future