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Rebuilding Shelters with Old Containers

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We've seen a lot of effort to provide emergency and long-term shelter for disaster areas.  For Haiti in particular, some groups, like Shipping Container Housing and Green Container International Aid, are trying to reuse shipping containers to get people out of the elements and into something that can withstand hurricane season in a couple short months.  The renderings shown here are from GCIA, who is seeking the donation of containers to construct container cities in the area. 

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Upcycled Container House in Malaysia

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I thought it would be fun to take a look at this container home designed by Ken Kwok for the distant locale of Malaysia.  Using six shipping containers, Anand Bungalows developed the 2,551 square foot project, which includes rainwater harvesting, natural ventilation, water-efficient fixtures, dual-flush toilets, and abundant natural lighting to minimize energy consumption.  Check out the rest of these images Kwok was kind enough to share with us. 

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New, Simple, Green: InterModal Design

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Due to the popularity of Paul Stankey’s Holyoke Cabin (and what seems to be an increasing interest in shipping container design), the folks at Hive Modular today announced the launch of a new company called InterModal Design with a set of six thoughtful container cabin plans. 

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One Cool Shipping Container Habitat

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In New Zealand, One Cool Habitat is shipping tiny container habitats all across the globe.  Whether you're looking for extra space for a home office, studio, or anything else, this 160 square-foot space comes with a clean slate ready to be customized inside.  The habitat is built with a 20-foot container, composite panels, and, of course, strategically placed windows.  The base model starts at $29,500, according to Inhabitat.

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New Container House Prototype for Haiti

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Of the temporary and permanent housing solutions envisioned for Haiti, there's everything but a shortage.  On this site alone, we've supported Shelter Box and mentioned efforts by House Arc and Andrés Duany.  Another effort that recently caught our attention is this Shipping Container Housing project to rapidly fabricate temporary relief housing out of 20 foot used containers.  

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Green Home of the Future [Olympics]

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This is the Home of the Future, which is on display at the BC Hydro Power Smart Village in downtown Vancouver.  It's hard to tell, but the home is actually made with two shipping containers and wrapped in cedar and pine beetle wood cladding.  In addition, according to a press release, the showcase project is designed with local and recycled materials, as well as energy-efficient appliances and other conservation technologies. 

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