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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

South Germany, November 2011

Some time has passed and i’m still in Germany. What happened?
Since i came back in September to my home country, taking a coach from victoria station carrying only the stuff i had left off all my accumulated personal belongings and started living with my family for a while… time passed quickly and a month was gone soon.

Hanging out at shackspace – the local hackspace where i started teaching graffiti skills to some members and set up an urban art workshop and at the temporary artist residency in my brother’s office nearby i found the perfect little base for planning the next steps.

As travelling needs a budget to keep on moving i started my new events business called YUMEii Events (little pun in japanese: yume=dream / ii=good / yumei=famous) and registered with some german agencies and started working in some jobs… as a stage hand helping to set up light and sound at events like a turkish anniversary party, booths at stuttgart messe fair, a test booth for porsche’s next car show, marlboro merchandise booths in stuttgart’s nightclubs etc.

So, i became something like a roadie now. 😛

Recently i posted a link to a documentary about a the japanese freeter community done by ARTE. I watched it with my brother and we both feel like freeters here in germany.
Just working a bit whenever a job comes in, living a carefree life and dreaming of the next place to visit and doing the same there again. Karōshi (過労死) ? No thank you.

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 – ?

London > Stuttgart

Went by National Express (eurolines) from London Victoria to Stuttgart (South Germany).
Travel time: Wed 14:00 ~ Thu 8:00
Costs: £43 booking online

it was a very long coach trip via Euro Tunnel > France > Belgium > Germany with lots of stops in between to pick up other people and for a lot of breaks. that means i had not much sleep but on the other hand no problems to bring lots of luggage, so i could go back to germany and take all the stuff i needed to take with me. no security hassle whatsoever. great.

a bit of a strange feeling as usual when coming back to my home country, back to see mom and some of my brothers, eating german food, speaking german etc. failing to pay the trainride in euros at the first attempt…

now after 3 big mugs of coffee i’m playing some piano and arranging dubstep beats in cubase with my brothers 😛

later mom calls for dinner (noodlesoup and selfmade hummus) and tonight hopefully the best sleep since ages…

more tomorrow… good night.

Last days in London

Here’s a quick update.
After i postponed leaving London for nearly more than 2 months since i moved out in August i staid with friends and fellow hackers crashing at couches and beanbags around london. Spreading the Club-Mate Virus in London and helping out the VAST Crew with some promoting kept me busy as well as trying to live a more minimalistic lifestyle and get rid of more of my stuff. i thought that would be easier! 😛

Just yesterday i finished selling things on a jumble sale and made a bit extra cash but still…not all gone. i guess i will donate/chuck away most of the things left.

last things to do in london:

sort out bank stuff, pay some bills and have some leaving drinks with my best mates.

next: take a coach with national express back to germany on wednesday.

looking forward to travel again! 🙂

On the road again…

Moved out, finally! 🙂

I sold some more books and records at a private moving out party in my flat too.
Special thanks to my friends for helping the constantly cash-strapped nomad to get off the starting-blocks. I appreciate your support and hope you enjoy your new purchases! 

So, what’s next?
Sending off some stuff to germany next week. A fellow london hackspace member would take a box off my old stuff in his van heading to the ccc camp

I’ll stay in London for a bit longer to work for Club Mate and throw a free party with some friends at the Victoria in Dalston.