This is a webpage devoted to listing as many examples
of people using shipping containers and ISBUs
(intermodal steel building units) as architectural
elements as I can find.
Be aware that containers are not a perfect building
material, but no material is perfect and they have
been used very effectively in many cases.
I switched my Firmitas website's main page over
to listing tiny structures instead of container projects
because although it is true that shipping containers offer
many advantages, like durability and stackability,
and reuse of unwanted steel containers,
tiny houses and micro apartments offer the prospect of being
built from mostly
locally-sourced natural products.
Here are some thoughts to consider:
Local sourcing of products is a better solution for humanity than the current
status quo of shipping products all over the planet inside heavy steel containers,
transported in cargo ships that run on highly toxic bunker fuel, the burning of which
pollutes the atmosphere and the rare spilling of which devastates beaches,
destroys animals and marine habitats and harms local economies.
The true costs of international shipping are never represented
in the costs of products sold in stores, even when a shirt that costs 50 cents
to make is sold for $50.
If we had to ship products from overseas in an eco-friendly way
the cost could be so great that we would manufacture the products locally.
Because costs are artificially suppressed by the status quo
that results in environmental destruction today that society
will have to deal with down the road,
the prices we pay today are fraudulent.
While the reuse of shipping containers after removing harmful paints
or other residues is clever and novel, the original (or upstream)
cause is the status quo of shipping itself which is a part of a race
to the bottom of not only prices but of environmental accountability as well.
The List Examples of using shipping containers as architectural elements
Note that non-container projects by container-using architects are also listed.
myPad (London UK)
Luke Iseman and Heather Stewart
A number of news articles have appeared in the Australian news media explaining that in places like
Karratha, which is a city serving a nearby mining area, container-based housing is on the rise
because conventional housing prices have gone through the roof.
Chris Radcliffe Container House
(Portland Oregon (USA))
Radcliffe has a blog about the house, with much
practical information. The biggest thing
I took from it is that permitting costs
can be quite high these days in some
places e.g. tens of thousands of dollars just for a building permit.
It is said that the US army has used containers
since the 50's for various uses.
A recent radio program (NPR?) described
explained that they were being used
as living quarters in the Green Zone in Baghdad.
US is using them for housing in Afghanistan:
This person is providing a rationale for wider use of containers in the US Army.
Disturbing Police State Uses
a rather disturbing use of containers
(the story is disturbing too): to contain anti-Bush protestors
Videos about Shipping Container Architecture projects
A mountain of evidence & simply the laws of physics
support the view that the official story about 9/11
is a lie, and that 9/11 was perpetrated not by
Muslims but more likely by the military industrial complex
and security services.
Most people do not know that a 3rd building at the
World Trade Center (47-story WTC 7) collapsed at 5:20pm on 9/11
at free-fall speed. It was not hit by any planes nor by major debris --
in contrast to both WTC 5 and 6 which were under the debris from the Towers
but neither of which collapsed.
Pools of molten iron under WTC after the attacks
remained at 1000+ degrees Fahrenheit
for weeks. Fires in WTC were never even half that temperature
and indeed were not even hot enough to melt steel.
a common byproduct of the use of thermite
in controlled demolitions is molton iron.
Numerous videos show signs of controlled demolition
in the collapses of the Twin Towers and WTC 7.
These signs include (1) squibs which are horizontal ejections of
debris caused by explosives; and (2) molton iron
(not aluminum) dripping from the Towers before collapse.
WTC 7 collapse at 5:20pm on 9/11:
This is one of perhaps eight independently
recorded videos of the same collapse, which
US mainstream media refuse to ever broadcast.
WTC 7 was a high-security building
containing offices of CIA, SEC and the mayor's
curiously-unused emergency command center.
To set up a controlled demolition at WTC 7 would have necessitated weeks of
planning, installation, and especially top-security clearance.
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