Killing 2 Birds with One Container: Cargotecture and the Environment
It is no secret that we are in the middle of an environmental crisis and that all experts on the subject have already marked the point of no return. The most extremist claim that we are on the verge of the next mass extinction event, while others who are still hopeful continue to think of and develop alternatives and solutions to our environmental issues. (Related topics: portable storage containers,┬ástorage containers)
Some of the many fronts being intervened with the purpose of helping diminish pollution, reduce the waste of resources, etc. are architecture, the supply chain, manufacturing, and infrastructure. Several companies have emerged with aims to solve our ongoing infrastructure crisis; others have started to look for alternative construction methods and materials that are more sustainable; while another bunch is working on finding recycling and upcycling alternatives for products that have reached the end of their ÔÇ£usefulÔÇØ life cycle.
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Naturally, not all products work the same and the infrastructure crisis has many angles. However, cargotecture is one of those approaches that has presented a solution that can tackle two problems at the same time in an effective way on several levels. While U.S. manufacturing and exporting have decreased in recent years, there are shipping containers piling up here in the U.S. and all over the world, as the standard life of a shipping or storage container varies depending on the country and company. So, what are we doing with all of those unused containers?
While the most naive believe these massive metallic structures can be easily melted and turned into something else, the truth of the matter is that this process, although reasonable, is not necessarily cost-effective, convenient or fast. Instead, these containers are just left to rot and deteriorate. In the best case scenario, they’re pulled apart and sent to a place where the scraps can be used for something else.
On the other hand, people keep sleeping in the streets, overcrowded metropolis experience a shortage of residential and commercial spaces, and institutions canÔÇÖt make enough money to improve and expand their infrastructure. HereÔÇÖs where Cargotecture becomes the solution.
These unused containers can be turned into houses, coffee shops, gyms, labs, stores, hotels, classrooms, workshops and even affordable residential solutions for the homeless. All of it while avoiding the increase of unused containers that accumulate and rot around the world poisoning the environments and the people around them.