Would you like to live in a shipping container?
Shipping containers travel across the ocean on big ships, then they are placed on trucks to be delivered to stores and factories.
The $3.4-million project would stack empty containers four high. Builders would cut in windows and doors, install plumbing, stairways and heating, and add amenities such as balconies and landscaped patios.
Empty shipping containers have been used extensively in Europe. They have been used to create housing and projects like office space for entrepreneurs and other types of projects. But their use is much rarer in the U.S.
Backers of such projects say that it's a good way to recycle empty containers. Otherwise, the containers stack up in port cities around the world because shippers find it too expensive to send them back empty to China or other ports of origin.
If successful, the prototype project in Detroit could lead to widespread other uses of empty containers, Horn said. They could include student or emergency housing, temporary construction offices, and infill houses in urban neighborhoods.
Critical thinking challenge: What are the advantages of building an apartment complex using shipping containers?
Define these words: entrepreneurs, amenities, condominium
- Posted on November 16, 2012