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Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica

Shigeru Ban's Nomadic Museum: Container Art in Santa Monica | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Shigeru Ban’s inventive yet frugal Nomadic Museum berths on the Santa Monica beachfront


For the past 14 years, Gregory Colbert has been filming the interaction of animals and humans around the world, creating images of great beauty. In 2002, he mounted an exhibition, Ashes and Snow, in the Corderia of the Venice Arsenal e. and invited Shigeru Ban to design a prefabricated gallery in which this show could be displayed in varied locations.

Naturalist and architect shared a concern to make the building environmentally sensitive, and for Ban it was a challenge to recycle commonplace materials on a heroic scale. 

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François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 2014 10:35 AM

What a great idea!  Quelle bonne idée!

Shanghai Metal Corporation's curator insight, November 5, 2014 2:35 AM

Shipping container is a new and interesting industrial art category.

Check our shipping containers in http://goo.gl/Bj1wWP and think what could be made out of them!

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Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture

Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
From huge temporary stadia to tiny transitory event spaces, pop-up architecture fulfils many roles and comes in many guises.

In some cases the very latest technologies are used to engineer complex structures, while in others a readymade approach using scavenged materials is more appropriate. Several noteworthy examples include semi-permanent structures, container architecture and event pavilions.


This article examines some key pop-up projects that are designed to make the most of their short lifespans...

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23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers

23 Diverse Deployments of Cargo Containers | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Shipping containers are low-cost, stackable building blocks ideal for incorporating into all kinds of architecture including homes, stores and restaurants.

Portable, durable, stackable and readily available all over the world, shipping containers are the ideal building blocks for smart structures of practically every variety. Some require just a little bit of renovation to transform into tiny houses or mobile offices, and others are barely recognizable. Often left with their exteriors as-is to pay tribute to their industrial origins, shipping containers can be used to form exterior walls and integrated into other types of building materials. Here are 23 examples of shipping container architecture in the form of homes, schools, offices, retail stores, hotels and restaurants...

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16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home

16 recycled shipping containers at Group 8's innovative new home | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

One of the best uses of shipping containers I have seen lay hidden in a re-purposed industrial hall near the center of Geneva, Switzerland. Helping form a new home for Group 8 architecture the containers make interesting use of the 8395 square foot facility which boast 29 foot high ceilings.

The containers formalize structured collective space embodying a collective form or a situation of their work: meeting rooms, cafeteria, lounge zone, bathrooms and showers, etc. “The other half of the scheme is in opposition with the containers’ structured zone: an open space enlightened by natural light travelling through the glass-roof.” All and all the project uses 16 recycled shipping containers in an amazing composition of object and function...

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Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms

Vissershok Primary School | container classrooms | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

Set in the picturesque Durbanville wine valley on the outskirt of Cape Town, Vissershok Primary School is a rural school where most pupils are children of farm workers and underprivileged
communities living in Du Noon, a poverty-stricken township several kilometres away.
The Vissershok Container Classroom, sponsored by three SA companies- Woolworths, Safmarine and AfriSam, is a 12m recycled container converted into an independent classroom for 25 Grade R
(age 5-6) pupils.
The first phase of the project started with a design competition called “Making the Difference Through Design”. Run by Woolworths annually, the competition is aimed at introducing design to local
high school pupils. This year the brief calls for creative solutions on how a recycled container can be adapted to help under-resourced schools.

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patrick partouche: maison container lille

patrick partouche: maison container lille | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
eight poppy red shipping containers have been stacked and combined to generate 208 square meters of usable living space, overlooking the french countryside through a transparent enclosure.

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A Look at the First Shipping Container Home in New Orleans

A Look at the First Shipping Container Home in New Orleans | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

This home was designed by the Toronto-based maker of prefab homes, MekaWorld, and is the first container home in New Orleans. It is made up of two shipping containers and has a net living area of 640 square feet.

The compact design has large windows installed on each side, letting plenty of natural light into the house. The windows and sliding doors are double glazed and thermally broken; the house is also designed to withstand winds of up to 130 mph.

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Julia LeMense's curator insight, November 16, 2013 1:59 PM

A much better use of containers than stacking them up around economically depressed and environmentally degraded neighborhoods to the point that those in the neighborhood cannot see anything other than containers....

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Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes

Five Inspirational Shipping Container Homes | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
Reclaimed shipping containers are ideal nesting spots for the residents of these five homes.

 

Whether lured by the relatively inexpensive costs, ready supply, or aesthetic charm of containers, the residents applied their own perspective on how to reclaim and adapt these industrial castoffs. Click though the slideshow at the link to see more...

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Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project

Shipping Containers and the Downtown Project | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

When you think about urban revitalization, you may envision a city center filled with derelict, abandoned buildings just waiting to be repurposed. Our vision of downtown is different. Rather than being filled with empty buildings, we have a lot of empty land. Until new buildings are completed, which can be a long process, we need spaces to house new business.
To do address these needs, flexible urbanism is being employed to temporarily transform underused, high value urban areas by installing repurposed shipping containers to house small businesses such as cafes, boutiques, bars & galleries. These plans will incorporate community space, outdoor seating, and retractable shade structures while activating vacant lots in the heart of downtown...

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How G3Box Turns Shipping Containers Into Clinics

How G3Box Turns Shipping Containers Into Clinics | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it
The G3Box on ASU's campus is a nice riser for Palermo and Young. The next ones will be shelters for relief workers and facilities for doctors.

Two years ago, ASU engineering students Gabrielle Palermo & Susanna Young discovered they were each working on projects to turn shipping containers into clinics for developing countries. Thanks to an Student Initiative grant, they received $10,000 to put toward developing that idea. Then it was a matter of learning how to do so...

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Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Are Container Houses the future? | Sustainable Cities Collective | sustainable architecture | Scoop.it

French architect Patrick Partouche recently designed and developed a single-family unit made up of five shipping containers. In Africa we’ve seen containers being used as community gathering places, schools and places of business. Having been largely confined to the African continent these efforts always carried a make-shift and “low-class” notion. However, this family unit looks fantastically industrial-chique. With a big push to sustainable building perhaps one of the greatest ways is to simple re-use and recycle...

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