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The Ikea of Architecture? The ‘Shipping Container Garden’ in Palm Springs

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Architectural practices around the world have leapt into shipping container design as a modern, fashionable and apparently sustainable way of building a range of things we use in our lives. Where the US architecture firm Architectural Blue differs is that they are building a 1.3 acre site that physically showcases some of the ways that…

China Takes Steps to Make Containers More Environmentally Friendly

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China’s government has made a move to reduce the environmental impact of shipping containers. This has temporarily ceased 70% of new container production and will put the price up on new containers. The good thing is that those workers making the containers won’t be exposed to dangerously high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in…

How Shipping Containers Changed the World

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As you read this, more than 20 million shipping containers are plying the world’s oceans. We see them everywhere, whether as rusting storage sheds, beautiful mansions or on the highways and motorways of the world as they go from customer to seaport. Less than a lifetime ago, shipping containers were only a concept, yet due…

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…

Do’s and Dont’s of Building a Shipping Container Home in the Desert

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That a shipping container is a metal box shouldn’t deter you from designing and building a container home in a hot environment – many people, have done this very successfully! We will look at some ideas that work, and some that don’t in this piece. They include using your garden to shade you, as well as…