06 July 2012
"Please support my participation in Concrete Hero benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), an urban obstacle course that will take over the streets of LA on July 15. Proceeds will benefit the critical work of APLA, which works to improve the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS. Your donation will make a huge difference for APLA in helping the over 60,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in our city. Are you a Hero?" ~ Bill Hinchliff
05 July 2012
Containers First, a shipping container company based out of New South Wales, Australia, has taken it upon themselves to create an affordable housing option in what is described as “The Housing Stress”. The National Housing Supply Council has released a report saying that home ownership is likely to decline with mortgage and property rates being a huge burden on people’s finances.
A recent study has revealed that Australian homes are valued at 6.7 times the annual income of the average person. Affordable housing is now becoming difficult to find and lower income families are getting hit the hardest right now. Containers First, wants to help property owners as well as renters. Renters are having to fork 30% of their income from their pockets.
22 June 2012
A new trend has appeared in architecture that has been coined, “Cargotecture,” that utilizes shipping containers for homes. Using shipping containers for homes, seems to have reached the far end of the globe in North Holland, Amsterdam. It’s not a coincidence that these types of houses are being built. They are great for the environment and can have the same amenities that would be found in a normal home. The cost to produce these homes is also less costly.
The internationally standardized (ISO) containers are 40 feet long by 8 feet wide by 8.5 feet high. With population in larger cities on the rise, these shipping container unit homes are starting to become a godsend. Essentially, you could stack one on top of the other and create a whole complex filled with them. What’s the great thing about shipping containers besides the fact that they’re eco-friendly? There are around 2 million of them just sitting idle, most of them in the United States. What better way to get rid of cargo containers, than to sell them and re-use them for building projects.
14 June 2012
When most people think of housing projects, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not shipping containers. This interesting trend in architecture seems to have caught the attention of Tim Bessel, a surfboard designer who works based out of San Diego, California. Bessel has been in the surfboard design industry for quite some time and has also studied architecture. Bessel has applied his skills into building low-cost eco-friendly homes made out shipping containers.
04 June 2012
Shipping containers have been used to create a wide variety of structures such as classrooms, gourmet restaurants, wine cellars, and even observatory decks. This deck was created in Songdo New City, Incheon, South Korea. The observatory is called OceanScope and offers the public an amazing view of the ocean.
Majestic sunsets and sunrises can be comfortably viewed on two out of the three levels offered. The three levels are constructed from several shipping containers put together at different angles, with the lowest angled container is positioned at 10 degrees. The medium level container is positioned at 30 degrees. The highest container is constructed at a 50 degree angle.