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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.

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URBANTAINER introduced modulated red containers for the National Theater Company of Korea

 

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US architects Jendretzki built Hightree House to Scandinavian design conventions

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Room 11 Architects from Tasmania chose to perch a container on stilts for this hilly build

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Tekapo Tiny House was created by IQ Container Homes from Waiheke Island, New Zealand

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Hunter Leggitt from Hunter Leggitt Studio rallied 7 design students for this conversion

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Coastal landscaping embraces a pool from a shipping container by Melbourne’s Fiona Brockhoff

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British architect Patrick Bradley designs cantilevered offices from shipping containers

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Freecycle USA is a DIY blog on building container homes

All images courtesy of Pinterest

Links are as follows:

URBANTAINER

Jendretzski

Room 11 Architects

IQ Container Homes

Hunter Leggitt Studio

Patrick Bradley

FreecycleUSA

 

4 Artists that Caught our Eye

 

From top left to right:-

Set designer and paper artist Barcelona-based Raya Sader Bujana makes teeny weeny cacti and plants out of paper because why have a life-size real plant when you can have a miniature fake one? At least they don’t need looking after apart from the odd dust. Find her work on Instagram at Little Ray of Sunflower and buy them on Etsy. The terrarium cacti are my favourite. First seen at Fubiz.

Sometimes you just want to blend into your surroundings and not stand out. UK photographer Joseph Ford and his friend knitting-lover Nina have come up with a unique way of doing just this. Hours of work goes in to ensure the perfect Knitted Camouflage. First seen at Lost at E Minor.

Korean sculptor Kang Dong Hyun makes animals come alive by transforming metal into branch-like structures and then creating the full form of a creature. They are life-like yet abstract, moving yet still. Follow him on Instagram and see more at Fubiz.

A photograph of a painting or a painting of a painting? Dutch artist Gerard Boersma loves to record people on the streets and public transport, in stores and museums. They are so realistic you would be forgiven for thinking they were the real thing. You can find his work here. First seen on Creative Boom.

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Vintage Victories

As long-time advocates of reusing and recycling, we’re eager to share the fabulous work of vintage and second hand storeowners. In Sydney alone, if we don’t make changes to our current waste removal strategies, the City of Sydney predicts that by 2030, households and businesses will be sending more than 200,000 tonnes to landfill each year. Shockingly, it may have to be deposited more than 250 kilometres away. So the trick is to shop smart, shop local and hone your ethical awareness. Here are four small businesses we track on Instagram, that receive our undying love and devotion…