Saturday, October 4, 2008

Container housing gains ground

Most shipping containers meet an ignoble end rusting away in a port or railroad yard. But a field trip to Juarez, Mexico by a U.S. architect has blossomed into a vision: container housing for the homeless and poor who would otherwise be unable to afford to own a home.

Brian McCarthy and three partners have designed a prototype that's cool, ventilated, and has hookups for water and electricity. Container housing could be constructed in settings that promote a sense of community among residents.

I talked about the possibility of container housing last year here. You can read more about McCarthy's endeavor at CNN.

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