Category Archives: berlin

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

Germany

It’s two weeks now since i left London… time goes by so quickly…
I spent some days with my family recharging my batteries and had lots of conversations about my life in the uk and are dealing now with the situation to be back to my home country again.

Last saturday i did a last minute job as a stage hand at an event of the turkish community in stuttgart who celebrated the 50th anniversary since turkish guest-workers and their families came to live and work in germany. i helped to move sound and light equipment into the building, set up the stage for 3 traditional turkish bands and moved it all out again (until 3am in the next morning.) The line-up and music was rather exotic and not the tracklist i would play or dance to – but it was interesting to hear them perform live.
why not stay open minded… it was a new experience and almost like a day in turkey. 😉

Yesterday i decided to register officially with a new address in Stuttgart and start soon to run a small business organising and helping out at events in germany and making webdesign, flyers etc. to raise some money for the next journeys.

And apart from that i’ll keep on doing my art and music on the side and really need to brush up some skills in FL10, HTML5, CSS3 and Kanji. keep on reminding me and ask for some updates… 😛 i’ll keep on posting here and on twitter.

My next stops are:
Vienna  – planned for November 2011
Berlin – definitely in 2011

Tokyo – End of Dec 2011/Jan 2012
meeting lots of friends and hopefully the tokyo hackspace and peaceboat to help out with some volunteering in tohoku

Taiwan – 2012
Turkey – ?

Day 47 – 26/6/11 – Berlin (D) > Hamburg (D)

had no sleep, leaving berlin by train with 4 other guys travelling with them on the weekend ticket – sharing the costs, 8 euro each.  arriving in hamburg after a relaxed trip of 4 hours which i used to catch some sleep.

visiting my brother K. at the main station who is showing me around in hamburg, passing st.pauli, schanzenviertel, reeperbahn, red light district, harbour, planten und bloomen park, gaenge-viertel and later an irish pub to have a cider.

nice to hang out in hamburg with and having real life conversation with my brother again.

in other words: very good weather, lots of funny streetart, cafes to see and to be seen, harley davidson fans showing off in the red light district, trying not to trip over drug addicts and shaking off touchy-feely prostitutes…finally chilling out with the local astra beer near the harbour and in a park. hallo hamburch.

next stop: amsterdam or stuttgart.

Day 46 – 25/6/11 – Berlin (Germany)

last day in berlin.
next stop: hamburg
travel costs: Schönes-Wochenende-Ticket (39 Euro) 5 x 7.80 euro/person = ca. 8 euro

finally finished the redesign and google-friendly no-flash version of my friend’s website.
coding done by my brother K. (who converted me to wordpress) 😛
here’s the page: >> mpdesign.me

leaving the internet cafe >>> killing time till next morning @ c-base.

Day 45 – 24/6/11 – Berlin (Germany)

quick consulting session with the local internet cafe about their website and marketing.
learning more about placing your business on google maps and foursquare for businesses.

short stop at c-base. whats on? a so called meego event. let’s see…


found out there’s the club mate clone clone 1337mate. p3rf3c7 73chn0m473 😛

going later to parties in kreuzberg @farbfernseher and freudenzimmer.

Day 43 – 22/6/11 – Berlin (Germany)

met another old friend, mr. piper who invited me with my art group “urban art factory” to participate at the “berliner kunstsalon” back in the days in 2004 and 2005.
now he’s taking it a bit more easy since he’s a dad of a 4 years old. 😉

then, tasting first time indonesian food on prenzlauer allee and delicious tempeh.
chatting to friendly staff from north sumatra who suggested i should try to go to bali when i’m going to see asia. will keep it in mind…

proper downpour. going back home. later chatting with my brother…

next stop: hamburg and amsterdam to meet some london friends.