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Could Container Homes Bring Australia’s Housing Prices Down?

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Sydney’s average house price hit $1 million last year. That’s 12.2 times the average middle income family’s annual income. For the Average Joe, it would be impossible to get a mortgage on that. Prices are going up as well, with little sign of slowing down. While for those that own their own home already that’s…

Weird and Wonderful Things Carried in Shipping Containers

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Container ships have revolutionised the world of cargo. Where once moving goods by sea cost around 25% of their final retail value, container ships have brought the cost down to as little as 2.5 cents per unit for a 5,000 mile journey across the ocean. The trade off is that where once cargo was visible…

Cardiff Box City: Using Shipping Containers for Inner City Regeneration

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The Welsh Government has just given outline approval for a 400 shipping container ‘Box City’ to be developed in a derelict area of the capital city, Cardiff. It is expected that this will draw the young and upwardly mobile types who have lots of disposable income and will help drive the local economy. Shipping containers,…

A Blueprint for Building a Bush Container Home – Paul Chambers

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Retired UK Royal Air Force engineer Paul Chambers and his wife Sarah moved to the Australian bush to escape their noisy neighbours in Kent, England. They built their home from scratch using two, 40ft shipping containers, and now have published two e-books that describe the best way to hand build a shipping container home. A…

Zubabox – A Shipping Container Connecting Refugees to the World

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Here at the Gateway Gazette we look at a lot of Western uses for reused shipping containers, yet by virtue of their solidity and security shipping containers can be used in quite hostile and disconnected environments. An international development charity called Computer Aid understood these attributes in 2010 when it developed its first Zubabox, a…

Shipping Container Shops: From Mobile Malls to Pop Up Boutiques

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Here at Gateway Gazette we often look at shipping container home conversions, but now for something a little different – shipping container shops. As with their housing equivalent, shipping container conversion shops benefit from their low initial cost and that they can be shifted from place to place. In some cases, for the new shop…