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SideArm: Bringing Fire to the Enemy in a Shipping Container

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Whatever you think of the United States projecting their strength around the world, they sometimes come up with some pretty cool gadgets to make this happen. The US military research lab DARPA’s newest toy is the SideArm, a launching and recovery system for unmanned drones, that fits inside the footprint of a 20ft shipping container…

Mobile Shipping Container Classroom Teaches Children About Ocean Conservation

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Shipping containers are used in a variety of ways according to their strengths. In many cases, it comes down to the fact that they are a portable space, and this means that they can be repurposed into classrooms. They are secure as well, meaning that while moving the classroom around, organisations using them can keep…

A Shipping Container Drone Racing Arena

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Earlier this year a London architectural company called Studioshaw won a design competition to construct a multi-use facility for young people that will be built of shipping containers. The site will be in Dundee, Scotland and is designed to support the town’s growing computer game production industry which is seeing a major boom as creatives move…

The Resonant Lung: A Recycled Pipe Organ Inside a Shipping Container

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Austin, Texas based public artist Colin McIntyre has developed a new installation in the Dimension Gallery involving a wooden pipe organ in a shipping container called the Resonant Lung. Colin McIntyre McIntyre is an Austin based artist who specialises in developing large sculptures. A video of him discussing his work can be seen above. One…

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…

Cargominiums: The Answer to the Affordable Housing Problem?

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A housing organisation that looks after vulnerable people has begun building a shipping container apartment complex in Columbus, Ohio that they believe is the way ahead for organisations like themselves. Where many non-profit housing organisations tend to house ex-convicts, the homeless and other very low income people in cheaper, older housing stock, the very low…

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…