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I dont know if it's what you are looking for, but if you want some slightly more contemporary examples of buildings whose habitats exist as attatchable and repositionable pods, then I would reccomend the work of Kisho Kurakawa and Tatsuhiko Nakajima. Investigate Kurakawa's Nagikan Capsule Tower and his Takara Beautillion. He has also innovated several buildings whose building members function as an interchangable kit of parts. You might also want to check out Nakajima's Youth castle in Osaka.
Jochen Keim and Klaus Sill renovated a 19th cntury building in Rathenow (near Berlin) in the last couple of years which included a series of flats in the form of plug in pods.
Check out the designs of John Prewer in the U.S.
If you are more interested in motorized kinetic actuation than interchangable habitats, you certainly want to study all the designs of Frei Otto and Santiago Calatrava.