Invented over 50 years ago, the modern shipping container is the central catalyst of the global import/export network. Textiles, electronics, food, and clothing are shipped all over using these large steel boxes. People have converted shipping containers to makeshift shelters for decades. More recently, architects and green designers have turned to the strong, cheap boxes as source building blocks, creating massive and often expensive works of livable beauty.
But could it work in Newark, NJ?
Could the containers be modified with the right amount of creature comforts? Could they be connected and stacked to create modular, efficient spaces? What are the true costs, labor and resources needed (and what might the benefits be)? This is the evolving story of building a house in a city that's updating itself.
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