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Housebuilding should be confined to factories

Housebuilding should be confined to factories

Stop by a residential building site almost anywhere in the world and you’ll see lots of men with hammers and handfuls of nails. They’re knocking together houses in the same way they have been knocking together houses for decades. Sure, various components of the houses are mass-produced and the materials used for insulation and the like have changed here and there, but to the casual observer the overall scene looks as much like an Amish barn raising as it did 50 years ago (albeit very much slower; a good-looking barn can go up in 10 hours, a new-build house takes four to five months).

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