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NYC Shipping Container Shelters

  • 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.

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    Kimberly ABOUT KIMBERLY LI - Kimberly is a graduate from MIT's Department of Architecture, and has recently joined the publication team at MIT OpenCourseWare. While architecture remains her first love, her interests encompass literature – epic poetry and Medieval romances are her favorite – and also fashion. She delights in various design projects, featured on her website "unkliched".
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    • rori g

      Love the idea however with all the empty shipping containers shouldn’t they be used the available containers for repurposed projects instead of building them? It certainly would be great for the environment.

     

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