Category Archives: architecture

Shipping Containers – The Home of the Future?

Shipping Container House by Studio H:T

Just when talking (again) with some friends about some cool ideas how to combine the trends of living a technomadic lifestyle and the ongoing competition in architecture focused on the clever recycling of shipping containers i felt this is something for me.

Doing a quick online research i remembered some cool container projects which some of you must have seen as well on your travels around the hip urban metropoles in europe…

Like for instance the Platoon Project in Berlin and Seoul, the Container City at Trinity Buoy or the shiny new brand-label pop-up mall called Boxpark which opened last year in London…All quite ambitious and well designed projects i’d say…
As far as the trend goes it seems to be quite popular amongst open-minded architects as platoon would tell you in their review about the RE-CYCLE strategies for architecture, city and planet in Rome.
Even Cory Doctorow, science fiction author and co-editor of the weblog Boing Boing let one of his gamer kid heroes ship himself in a container from the states to china in his sci-fi novel For the Win. (btw, it’s a highly recommended read – find the free pdf download here)

So what’s it all about then, are Shipping Container Homes Not Just A Fad But The Home Of The Future? Matt from containerliving.net thinks it’s not just a tiny home movement but a sign of the times...and i would agree.

More on this topic… and some more links…

freitag container store zürich

Orbino by luc deleu of T.O.P. Office

Sky is the Limit

SJA / ‘The Gang’ school

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Day 51 – 30/6/11 – Amsterdam (NL)

went to a free tourist tour starting from the national monument.
tim, the friendly and funny tour guide showed us around and talked about the history of the city and several areas like how they built once a dam to deal with the amstel(r) fought the germans again and again, made business all over the world, slaved the indonesians (but kept their good food), confessed and paid for sins in advance at the church near the brothels and… why dutch are cyclopaths…(angry people on bikes without using the breaks even if they could do so…)
…where and why the jews flocked into town after they got kicked out all over europe…
and why they were allowed to stay. buildings in the former jewish quarter are looking like they have been built by some students on lsd in the 6oies (because that’s what they were)
where beheadings have been on show and autopsies have been watched (rembrandt was a resident guest)
the somehow discreet catholic church in a normal narrow building…
the chinese buddhist temple in “china town” nearby…
and so on… he pointed out several times and i believe it’s true – the amsterdamers and dutch in general seem to prefer to stay neutral and let people do there business as long:
they keep it discreet, don’t hurt anyone and pay the taxes… seems like a haven for anyone who feels oppressed i’d say.

later we went for a stroll and some drinks near the canal and then went to set up jon’s tent in zeeburg camping site. the woman at the counter inside the tram was unexpected and really friendly. good they have that here. if i think about london transport…

finally we arrived at the site, tent was up and we walked back into town. met some funny guys from utrecht on the way who asked for a pen and paper to write down some lyrics for a song about being stuck till 5am in amsterdam… luckily i had a spare biro and some paper.
one of them suggested to play the last minute game – just go to the airport and book a flight whereever you could go with the money you have left. maybe i should try it soon! 😛

had one for the road at the national monument. full circle. back home…

Day 31 – 10/6/11 – Vienna (Austria)

二日酔い 【ふつかよい】 Kater, Brummschaedel, Hangover

wow, champagne breakfast to celebrate winning a competition with some top creatives at my friend’s architecture office… including bosses and staff from DUA and expressiv …

i deem it an honour to be part of it.

chillout at MQ

later exhibition @ schikaneder . met 2 nice japanese ladies who are studying classical piano and violin in vienna… moved on later to garage x > wunder-bar > morisson club .

nice.