If you've ever seen Shigeru Ban's nomadic museum, you know that shipping containers are a viable (and in Ban's case, breathtaking) space, so we were excited when saw that someone else is now using the steel units as a solution to affordable housing...
We first saw Shigeru Ban's temporary building (top image) when it traveled to New York a few years ago. It hosted "Ashes and Snow", a collection of photographs by Gregory Colbert, who also took the top image. It was the first time we'd seen shipping containers used in a different way besides hauling more typical goods like grain. (If you missed the show, Colbert's photographs will be on display again in Brazil in 2009.)
Now, shipping containers have popped up again, this time as 320-square-foot homes for workers at manufacturing plants in Mexico. Each unit measures 40 feet long, 8 feet wide, 81/2 feet tall and features a kitchen, bathroom, sleeping area, and windows.
They're planned along the U.S. border, as an improvement for poor housing conditions that many workers currently live in. They're scheduled to go into production next year and will cost around $8,000. It was the idea of MBA candidate, Brian McCarthy, who was shocked at the conditions many workers lived in when he visited the area. Read the full article here.
shipping container photo: via CNN/AP; museum photo: Gregory Colbert