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    Article about shipping container reused as housing

    Print HEADLINE: Vacant shipping containers given new life on land
    http://www.usatoday.com/money/econom...ntainers_N.htm

    HIGHLIGHTS:
    Mainly an "experiment" at this time, the homes have the potential to take off in the industry,

    David Cross, founder of SG Blocks, a company that modifies containers at 17 U.S. locations, says there are about 75 homes nationwide using shipping containers.

    Because they are made of steel, container houses would hold up better than traditional homes in areas prone to natural disasters, said Kent Pipes, president of the Affordable Homes Group, a non-profit organization based in Mount Holly, N.J.

    The containers also could be transported to areas after a disaster to provide temporary housing to affected residents.
    Links to two of the companies mentioned in article -
    SG Blocks: http://www.sgblocks.com/
    Quik Build: http://www.quik-build.com/

    Would you live in one ?
    Do you think that something like these could be assembled in your fair community ?

    The article even mentioned a housing project for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada.
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    We have someone proposing to build these in the Woodbridge historic district.

    Some context, The district:
    http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/historic...ighborhood.pdf

    The project:
    http://www.modeldmedia.com/features/container14808.aspx

    Biased propaganda:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K87-z...s/mdtv146.aspx
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    My dad lived in a converted shipping container (not nearly as elaborate as these examples) when he was doing business at a U.S. Air Force base in the Phillipines. It seems like the shipping container thing could be an innovative solution to affordable housing issues.

    As far as the historic neighborhood thing goes, I think the apartment complex design on their website would be okay at the fringes of the district. However, I don't think that would be appropriate as infill in the interior of the district. If they could make a "single family" house with some more traditional elements like a pitched roof, porch, etc, then something like that might integrate well into the historic area. Does Michigan have any sort of environs review for historic sites/districts? I'm not familiar with Michigan/Detroit's HP regulations, so I don't know how much control the area would have on infill in historic districts. In KS we have some pretty strong state controll - must review all building permits for anything within 500' of an historic structure or district.

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    There are historic preservation codes that should be followed, however, this is Detroit. There are literally several blocks in this neighborhood that could be infilled. Urban renewal efforts 30-40 years ago were not kind to these areas. You do see pockets of these here and there.

    Beggars can't be choosers in our State. While we do have serveral stable cities, we have countless more that need a tremendous amount of work.
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    WOW

    These examples almost make sense. I say almost because I'm trying to figure out why they still cost so much.....maybe its all the rehab work that's needed and engineering/architecture. It seems like someone (architects?) are trying to brand these things as "trendy," thus hiking the prices.

    We have at least one example of shipping containers being used as a home right now, though about 1/100th as nice as these examples. Almost completely unfinished quality and was able to get an engineers stamp for structural Two stacked units connected by a ladder
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