November 24, 2012
COMMENT: On top of the irony, this speaks volumes about the larger deindustrialization of America that has been ongoing for decades, which set the scene for our current economic collapse. This article claims only about 12,000 spare cargo containers are outstanding, defying numbers estimating 2 million, but this claim is undermined by the one-side trade deficit with China alone.
The first U.S. multi-family condo built of used shipping containers is slated to break ground in Detroit early next year.
Strong, durable and portable, shipping containers stack easily and link together like Legos. About 25 million of these 20-by-40 feet multicolored boxes move through U.S. container ports a year, hauling children’s toys, flat-screen TVs, computers, car parts, sneakers and sweaters.
But so much travel takes its toll, and eventually the containers wear out and are retired. That’s when architects and designers, especially those with a “green” bent, step in to turn these cast-off boxes into student housing in Amsterdam, artists’ studios, emergency shelters, health clinics, office buildings.