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The Life of a Shipping Container from Creation to Re-use

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Shipping containers can last for decades. Some of the ones that were first made in the 1960s when the standardised ’20 Foot Equivalent Unit’ (TEU) was first devised are still sitting where they were left many years ago. There is a well-known oversupply of shipping containers around the world because they can be made so cheaply,…

Recycling Shipping Containers As Art Museums

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Proving that shipping containers have entered the popular imagination, we look at a number of museum curators that have recycled shipping containers into art spaces. In these instances the flexibility of shipping containers is utilised to the max, including a mobile shipping container museum that has travelled through French North Africa, a temporary add-on space…

Creating a Shipping Container Sized 3D Printer

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A few years ago 3D printing was nothing more than a gimmick, now it’s an industry in itself allowing businesses and individuals to construct custom components and rapidly mock up prototypes cheaply and effectively. No longer are 3D printers restricted to simple small objects, now they can just as easily be mocking up the latest…

Shipping Container Libraries – Making Books Accessible Across the World

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What do books and shipping containers have in common? When you think of shipping containers, images of large steel boxes being loaded and unloaded at shipping ports by monstrous cranes immediately spring to mind. But can you imagine these structures being used as libraries and reading places for children all over the world? While architecture…

Used Containers That Provide Unique Alternative Accomodation

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Accommodation and housing requirements increase worldwide In countries across the world societies are struggling for access to numerous resources, especially during natural disasters. Clean water, power, healthcare and housing are among the necessities that many facing extremely challenging living conditions go without on a daily basis. Fortunately the provision of emergency housing is being addressed…