Several factors led to failure of Edison's concrete housing idea

06/16/2013 | Slate

Thomas Edison's idea of mass producing affordable, concrete houses via a single placement of concrete proved to be unpopular due to a number of issues, writes Rebecca Onion. A mold was used to build a few houses, but the mold was expensive, bulky and complicated and the idea never took off. Edison, who also owned a cement plan in New Jersey, patented the concrete-fabricated house idea on Aug. 13, 1908.

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