14 December 2008


The idea has been around for awhile: shipping containers being used as a basic shell to build temporary housing for the homeless. A few months ago I posted something about Albimo, a French company that manufactures temporary hotel rooms. I speculated that if Albimo's units could be purchased in quantity, stripped of their hotel/motel amenities, and reduced in price, some non profit or government entity might experiment with them as housing for the poor and homeless. But shipping containers could serve the same purpose, maybe more cheaply. People are already living in empty, abandoned shipping containers. Why not convert new ones into decent living quarters? Check out http://www.lahomelessblog.org/2008/06/maybe-shipping-containers-are-solution.html for further discussion of cost and how-to.


King of New York Hacks said...

Definitely could be done..and SHOULD. I see way too many homeless on the streets of NYC at night freezing or riding the subway all night to survive. I hope they find some solution.

VisuaLingual said...

LOT-EK has been creating luxury homes and additions using shipping containers for years. They're pretty amazing in their own way, but I've always wanted them to apply the knowledge they've gained to housing for people who need it, along the lines of what you're suggesting.

VisuaLingual said...

More on shipping container housing.

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