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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | Studium Media - Musings |

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.

Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.


Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...

Via Lauren Moss
François Lanthier's insight:

Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's curator insight, April 18, 2014 1:51 AM

I have curated this item because I believe it aligns with understanding of technology and sustainability. Educators (myself inclusive) should draw upon real world events and topics. Technology improvements in architecture have taken the spotlight in recent years as people work towards more sustainable lifestyles in the construction of homes and other buildings. Personal friends of mine have recently ventured in this concept of building and successfully completed their new home made from three shipping containers, in Point Cartwright, sunshine coast.


To propose a task to students that requires them to design a sustainable home from recycled materials, e.g. shipping containers. I believe, will transform student thinking about how technology is used, in order to improve design and work towards a preferred future (Albion, 2014).


This concept of this resource align with the Australian Curriculum as follows:

Design and Technology, Knowledge and Understanding:

- Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

- Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)



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Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 2014 6:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 2014 8:52 PM
I love your collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes

Net Zero Prefab Prototype in Emeryville by Simpatico Homes | Studium Media - Musings |

California builder Simpatico Homes specializes in modern modular homes, and recently completed a prototype located in Emeryville, in Alameda County, California.


From Swatt | Miers Architects:

“The partnership with Simpatico Homes represents an opportunity for our firm to bring custom-quality architecture to a broader audience through the cost advantages of prefabrication.

The Krubiner Residence, the Simpatico Prototype, is located in Emeryville just a few blocks from our office.

The Simpatico Homes represent a unique opportunity to transform housing, by combining modern design with off-site prefabrication and LEED-certified sustainability.”

Via Lauren Moss
Scott Stroud's curator insight, July 25, 2014 8:29 AM

This is not your father's modular home...

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All Aboard: Rail-Centric Construction Gets Back on Track

All Aboard: Rail-Centric Construction Gets Back on Track | Studium Media - Musings |
With train travel regaining ­popularity and high-speed passenger rail projects or improvements under construction in California, Michigan, and the Northeast Corridor, another era of railroad station construction is dawning.

In the last decades of the 20th century, many of the projects undertaken during the golden era of railroad station restorations across the country involved anything except trains. Today, with train travel regaining ­popularity- Amtrak ridership has jumped 49 percent since 2000-  nearly every station project includes intercity train service, and most incorporate other forms of transit, too.

In this era, train service is returning to some stations that had abandoned it, and rail hubs once again are seen as magnets for real estate activity and opportunity...

Via Lauren Moss
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