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Shipping Containers As a Low-Cost Housing Solution?

Everyone knows what those big rectangular shipping containers are for: shipping! The giant boxes transport electronics, food, clothing and a million other types of goods around the world; from one port to another. As the billion dollar industry of imports and exports grows, the fees associated with returning the containers to their countries of origin is far less cost-effective than buying new containers. As a result, millions of them are abandoned yearly. Fortunately, construction savvy upcycling citizens are submitting applications and ideas aimed at repurposing the shore side scraps. Shipping container architecture is gaining traction as a trendy green alternative to traditional building methods. From East London to Amsterdam and New York City, imaginative locals are proving that shipping containers can make terrific places to live, work and be merry. Read more