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21 WE HAD TO RESPOND TO THE SITE AND SETTING. ANYTHING LESS WOULD HAVE BEEN A TRAVESTY. Craig Chatman, Architect A s far back as 1852 pre-fab cast iron houses came to Australia from Britain. Stately examples such as Corio Villa on Geelong’s waterfront were remarkably ahead of their time. Henry Ford re-defined the possibilities of mass assembly in ways beyond the reach of today’s construction industry. The push for prefabrication is now advancing around the globe with the factory floor winning recognition for quality control and on-site savings. Companies such as the Melbournebased ARKit whose punchline ‘Advanced Prefabricated Architecture’ provides a pote