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Shipping Container Design

In the setting of a post-nuclear apocalypse, will human survival come down to design?

Of the (hopefully unnecessary) housing plans people have come up with for not dying, my favorite is the usage of the steel storage container. It’s small enough to disguise itself among other units in a container shipping yard, but sturdy enough in material type and modular combination to have potential for creating a multi-container shelter. For an example on campus, look no further than the AVT building’s “Container Space” behind the sculpture studio.

Human survival aside, the different arrangements people have implemented through stacking and combining units is impressive. Although the GMU storage unit is already too obvious in location to be renovated into a survival shelter, the concept in itself remains unchanging; storage units offer complete customization for users looking to develop a site, whether alone or in a community. Even businesses looking for a cheap alternative to buying commercial land for developing an office on could look into purchasing multiple units to combine together (each one runs for about $3-4k).

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Regardless of intended use, the prospective implementation of cheap housing made from steel-walled boxes is not only a safe alternative to housing that would be easily crumble in an apocalypse scenario, but it can be customized through the scrutinous eye of a designer into eye-catching lodging.