Month: March 2018

Shipping Container Innovation

The first shipping container was invented in the United States in 1956 by trucker Malcolm McLean. Prior to this crates were wooden and oddly shaped and sized which made for incredibly slow and inefficient loading and unloading of goods. Shipping containers reduced the cost of loading by 90% thus reducing the price of imports and exports. Properties of strength, theft resistance, and uniformity have enticed innovative designers and architects to transform the humble container. Where would the city of Christchurch be without these gems? After the 2011 earthquakes, shipping containers replaced bricks and mortar retail outlets in a unique pop-up precinct.   All images courtesy of Pinterest Links are as follows: URBANTAINER Jendretzski Room 11 Architects IQ Container Homes Hunter Leggitt Studio Patrick Bradley FreecycleUSA