Skip to comments.All aboard my new home! (Shortened)
Posted on 10/09/2013 10:11:51 AM PDT by Kartographer
They are more commonly seen being transported on ships and at ports around the world. But with the addition of flatscreen TVs, en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning, these shipping containers are now being billed as a solution to Londons housing crisis.
The containers come from China and are transformed into studio apartments in Britain which can be stacked on top of each other - and are available to rent for only £75 a week.
The scheme looks set to take off after the council granted planning permission to the Forest Young Man's Christian Association (YMCA) to establish two sites in Waltham Forest, north-east London.
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Would make a easy to build and study BOL.
Relatively bulletproof, and depending on the furnishings, darned near fireproof. Structurally strong enough to NOT collapse during earth tremors or earth movement, and an ultimate fortress in serious times of anarchy or civil unrest.
And it is entirely modular.
A neighborhood of BarryVilles
Imagine thousands of them stuffed together, sweltering in the hot sun as the wretched inhabitants struggle to pay taxes, Obamacare rates, and sky high utility rates fluffed up by Climate Change penalties.
Heaven on Earth, right?
Socialism in a box.
Cool idea, though obviously not a smart idea in areas prone to hurricanes or tornadoes.
I read about these before, and I thought a good idea would be to take existing industrial buildings and remodel them as “apartment buildings”, but designed to hold these container pods instead of having regular units. Basically like a trailer park stacked up vertically and horizontally inside a structure.
Then, when people wanted to move to a new place, they could just have their container, with all their belongings inside, moved to a new building. No need to pack and unpack every time. The problem is, until there were enough of that type of building to make such easy moves possible, there would be no market for this kind of housing, so someone would have to invest a lot of money to make it workable.
I could live with this.
Britain, forty years from now:
Five gallons of gas and a match and you'll find yourself holed up in a dutch oven.
Commanche, just west of 25. We had them build a data acquisition trailer for us, it was surprisingly inexpensive.
How do you figure that?
That sheetmetal box is a really good heat conductor.
Not a bad idea, really. I have worked on plans to build a house using the various sizes of these (especially the big boys).
Depending how they are achored I bet they would weather hurricanes or tornadoes well after all they are designed to be carried on the deck of a ship.
“Socialism in a box.”
Oh, come on. This was invented by private citizens, innovating new ways to use existing technology. Aesthetically, it’s not appealing, but it’s clearly capitalism, not socialism.
Thanks for the link!
You could be right. I guess I just imagine they would fare about as well as trailers, but then again, these are steel and built better.
See those bushes back there?
J/k... I imagine they have a septic tank dug out underneath, or a sewer hookup, just like any other mobile home.
I’ve seen them for sale locally (craigslist) for about $3,000 to $4,000 each.
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