For some time, architects have been contemplating the promise in shipping containers as prefab modules for buildings and apartments. However, to truly tap into the form’s potential means to operate on a larger scale in terms of outreach and social purpose. New York City plans to use disaster relief as a platform for testing the limits of how shipping containers measure up to the projected vision. For the proposed prototype, the 480-square-foot area is transformed into a one-bedroom apartment complete with a living space, kitchen, and bathroom. The goal is to produce 160 units by late 2013 and to recruit FEMA and the Army Corps of Engineers into the temporary housing project, which introduces renewed meaning into the humanitarian purpose of architecture.