Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people – TED Talk

Great TED Talk on Wiki House, shared under Creative Commons License, C & C machine cuts the parts, slots together without tools, 2-3 people can build a house in a day. the Open Source Construction Set. Print Your Own House.


Architect Alastair Parvin presents a simple but provocative idea: what if, instead of architects creating buildings for those who can afford to commission them, regular citizens could design and build their own houses? The concept is at the heart of Wikihouse, an open source construction kit that means just about anyone can build a house, anywhere.

via Alastair Parvin: Architecture for the people by the people – YouTube.


Cardboard containers

Organization: The Moving Crew

Project: What’s Inside?

A collective project by The Moving Crew What’s Inside? uses the motif of the international shipping container as a platform for cross-cultural and creative exchange between the Midwestern United States and Rijeka, Croatia.

We will stack 1800 cardboard boxes to form a volume of one big shipping container.

Dimensions of each box are 20’ x 8.5‘x 8’ in inches, or 50.8 x 21.59 x 20.32 in centimeters. Please see box diagram below.

Intermodal Shipping Containers are 8.5 X 20 X 8 feet:


The Moving Crew will silkscreen each box to transform it into a small sized container.

We ask you to invent the logo or company identity, which will be printed on them. The company identities can be fictional or not, but should reference shipping companies to whom those containers belong.


You may submit separate images in any or all of the 3 categories.

1) Company Identity / Logo (for this project we hope to receive submissions of logos which could communicate various statements about the shipping companies)

2) Graffiti (containers collect various graffiti while traveling across the globe. Leave your graffiti messages for the container design)

3) Surface (ie. barcodes and numbers, rust and damage, barnacles, hinges and latches, texture, etc?)

The Moving Crew will print your single color images on multiple colored backgrounds. The surfaces of these boxes are collaborative. Each box printed with your image may also contain other images. (I.e. your company identity may be printed with rust, a barcode, and graffiti from another artist.)

We will take your digital files and convert them to film. This film will then be used to create a silkscreen of your image. The Moving Crew will hold community screen printing workshops throughout the midwestern United States and Rijeka Croatia to create 1800 miniature shpping containers. These containers will be the primary object in the What’s Inside? exhibition.

Send the following to:

1) JPG, Ilustrator or Photoshop files. Since our exposure process requires a decisvely opaque black image, anything that is more nuanced will be filtered to translate a continious tone into ‘yes or no’ information. This will be done using Photoshop with one of the following filters: halftone, bitmap, diffusion dither, threshold, posterization etc. If you have questions about this please email:

2) Your Image IN BLACK ONLY composed within a 20’ X 8.5’ or 8’ X 8.5’ canvas (in centimeters: 50.8 x 21.59 or 20.32 x 21.59)

3) Image Resolution: 300 DPI

4) Images must be labeled with your name and the category you are submitting in. For instance if Sarah Jones is submitting an image of Graffiti her image file is called: S_Jones_Graffiti

5) Your Full Name, Address, Email and Phone Number so that we can get in touch with you and send you a catalog.

In submitting to this exhibition you are agreeing to have your design printed in tandem with the designs of other artists. You are agreeing to show your work at Molekula in Rijeka Croatia, and at the Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell IA USA. You will not receive your printed boxes at the end of the show, they will remain the property of The Moving Crew. If you have additional questions, please email

via TheMovingCrew :: WeAreShipping.

Building An Office Of Shipping Containers : NPR

In the beginning of the recession, shipping containers began stacking up on American shores. Architects saw an opportunity to recycle these relatively cheap building materials into homes and other living spaces.

In Providence, R.I., designers have constructed what may be the first permanent, multistory office building in the United States made entirely from shipping containers.

Several times every day, passenger trains travel through Providence, passing a Smurf-blue building with a shock of yellow and green. The structure looks like it’s made from Legos and often grabs the attention of riders zipping past.

“When Amtrak goes by, it’s a little event. And they look up from their computer and watch it go by,” says Peter Case, who owns and helped design the building made entirely from cargo shipping containers — steel, rectangular boxes carried on trucks and trains.

‘Let The Container Be A Container’

The three-story complex is divided into two sets of offices with a canopy made from the sides of containers covering an exposed central hallway.

“Our mantra was let the container be a container whenever possible. So we don’t hide the dings,” Case says.

Courtesy of Containers to Clinics

Containers to Clinics, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, converts shipping containers into health clinics, such as the one above being deployed by a crane in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Dings and all, the building cost $1.8 million — half the cost of his original plans for a conventional building, which Case scrapped when the economy tanked. There was no precedent in the U.S., so he had to convince Providence officials, who were a little hesitant at first.

Then he bought shipping containers for $2,000 each and welded two or three of them together, cutting out the sides to create an open floor plan.

Inside, it feels like any other office space. It took Case and his team six months to design and figure out the basics like installing windows, electric and plumbing. It took just four days to truck in the containers and plunk them down on-site.

The building is now open for business, and website consultant Chris Murray is the first renter. He recognized it from a Craigslist ad and had to check it out.

“We decided to come here because it is a really unique and neat place,” Murray says.

Portable And Cool, But Still A Challenge

The office in Providence is not the first building made from containers. Container homes and art studios are sprinkled around the U.S., and there is a school in Mexico made of the steel boxes. One nonprofit called Containers to Clinics is turning containers into health clinics for poor and rural countries.

These structures may be portable and look cool, but don’t expect to start seeing them everywhere, says builder Joshua Brandt.

“If building with containers was like a fundamentally superior way to build things, people would build out of containers all the time. And the reason why they don’t is because it is very challenging,” he says.

via Building An Office Of Shipping Containers : NPR.

Shanghai container hotel products, from $3599/unit

Packaging & Delivery

Packaging Detail: SEA WORTHY PACKING



container hotel

1,TUV CE certification

2,fireproof ,waterproof

3,acoustic property

4,easy insulation

Guangzhou RichTown prefabricated container hotel is a modular and knock-down product. It is easy and fast to transport also reduce the transport cost.

1. Bolt connection. It is easy to installation at the site. It takes only 3 hours to finish the installation work for 4 skillful workers with simple tools.

2. Firm and safe. It resists wind of 10/ whole gale, earthquake measuring 8 magnitude. And fireproof degree of protection materials is B2.

3. Convenient package and transportation. They are considered when the house is designed. Either container or flat truck is available for transportation, and it also could be integrated packaging.

4. Waterproof. Roof is designed to be waterproof, and it doesn’t need to deal with water leaking.

5. Water and corrosion proof. Surface of the metal is sprayed after galvanizing.

6. Insulation. the middle material of the protection is polystyrene which is good at heat preservation.

7. Size and arrangement of the house could be changed as costumer’s requirement. Window, door and separation could be rearranged to make full use of space.

via Shanghai container hotel products, buy Shanghai container hotel products from

Cargo Hostel on the Behance Network – concept

Compact living is something that has become quite popular as the world’s cities are becoming more dense with people. In Japan it has for decades been an available option for bussinessmen or travelers alike who missed their last train, or who for other reasons want a temporarly and cheap alternative to a hotel. These solution has been known as “capsule hotels”. In Europe, these kind of hotels do not exist, perhaps because we in our cultures do not have the need to pack up tightly on small areas, and the idea of replacing a spacious hotel- or motel room with one the size of XS might not be pleasing to everyone. Still there might be a potential for this in Europe and other parts of the world if directed to a different target group.

By intergrating the idea of capsule hotels and a container – it suddenly becomes very mobile. As the frame is a 40-feet container it utilises the standard which makes it very easy to ship by boat, tuck, train or plane. It can be placed indoors or outdoors and withstand rough weather conditions. The only thing that needs to be fitted upon arrival is the ladders, handles and the screen, which can be stored in the storage area next to the rooms.

An intergrated reservation system with limited time access cards makes the system almost completely automatic and transactions can be done wirelessly by creditcard or sms. For ventilation, ligh
ting and booking to function – the powersupply features two 3-phase connectors and a battery serves as an insurance if an emergency arises and the power i cut off.

Targets of interest

Campings – as a cheaper alternative to cabins, tents or trailers for a shorter period of time

Festivals/concerts – an alternative to tents which can be placed a bit off from muddy and soiled ground

Along roads – for tired families or drivers

Tourists who seek new experiences – backpackers etc

Trainstations and airports – this has been conceptualised before, yet this option could be plausible

via Cargo Hostel on the Behance Network.

Lego Block Eco Town Container Community – Edinburgh’s biggest development since 18th century, 300 units

This month is the 50th anniversary of the creation of Lego bricks, and what better way to commemorate one of the greatest, most edutainment-oriented toys of the 20th Century than by taking their ingenious design to the next level?

Now, Scotland has unveiled plans for an environmentally friendly community made out of recycled shipping containers, inspired by Lego engineering, reports the newspaper Scotland on Sunday. Edinburgh’s mixed residential and business, 300-building complex – made of steel boxes that slot together – would be the biggest of its kind in the UK.

Project developers Forth Ports expect the container community to be divided into two villages, and to be followed by some 16,000 new homes in the area. Forth Ports CEO Charles Hammond says he had drawn inspired by a visit to the small Container City project in east London.

The containers are likely to be cut out on one side and welded to another to allow for simple two-room units, with an office and living quarters. They are expected to attract artists and other creative types, at least in the beginning.

What makes them green? Modular style homes can be built much quicker, with less materials, energy and labor, than traditional construction. They are easier to service and maintain, and are typically smaller in size, also leading to less resource use.

If the entire planned development goes through, it will represent Edinburgh’s biggest new homes project since the 18th Century.

via Lego Block Eco Town Container Community – Scotlands Green Building on Lego 50th Anniversary – The Daily Green.

Tempohousing from Amsterdam

modular design. Same company as container city. Would be interesting to get their thoughts on one vs other

The housing system of Tempohousing is based on the principle that the units are similar to shipping containers, so the transport options are universal. Universal means: they could be produced anywhere and they can be re-used or re-sold to any other place in the world. The container sizes are defined in ISO standard: 8 ft (2,4 m) wide, 40 ft long (12 m) and 8’6” high (2,6 m). There are a few variations in size: higher units: 9’6” (“high cube”) and longer units 45 ft (13,5m) and for some – not European – markets 53 ft (16 m).

The designs of Tempohousing are all based on 8 or 16 ft wide (2,4 or 4,8 m) and 40 or 45 ft (12 or 13,5) long. These are the most efficient designs. For some customers we have developed designs with 3 or 4 units side by side, but this is an exception. The beauty of the Tempohousing system is its simplicity. Of course we can cut up the steel shells and build the castle of your dreams but we prefer to stick to the standard models.

Just the supply of prefabricated modular homes in your nearest port does not constitute a complete building that can be occupied by its users. The following activities are for example necessary on the future construction site to complete a housing project: architectural drawings and detailing, consultants to verify the local building code, building permits, connections to the local sewage and potable water and power and telephone systems, a foundation, a roof including rainwater provisions, staircases and sometimes elevators, walkways and balconies if included in the design, stacking the units with cranes, connecting all services between the units (vertical) and last but not least some landscaping (parking, access, lights, mailboxes, door access system, routing system, green areas). We will be happy to assist in all these activities. Outside the Netherlands, we team up with partners with a local presence to implement all the activities above. See building a modular project and modular designs for more examples.

nice views of Dominical

finally - a circle one

office park