To help fight a housing shortage in the city of London, the mayor’s office has teamed up with a pair of design and building firms to create PRISM, an application to help speed up “the design and construction of high-quality factory-built homes” in the city.

PRISM, the source code for which is available on GitLab, uses freely-available data to help “architects, local authority planners, and developers to quickly determine viable prefab options for their site.”

The development of the app was funded by the Greater London Authority as well as Transport for London, housing association L&Q, and private investor-developers Legal & General and Greystar.

London’s government hopes by combining the tool with prefab construction techniques, builders will be able to meet the demand for 50,000 new homes per year in the city.

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