Like ballast water with aquatic invasive species, discarded empty shipping containers are an unintended environmental impact of shipping (which overall is a relatively efficient way to transport goods). Hundreds of thousands of used empty shipping containers are piling up in ports around the Great Lakes and elsewhere.
But a Detroit architect has a proposal to turn these empty shipping containers into a condo development in Detroit, near the Wayne State University campus. According to an article in the Detroit Free Press, the condos would be affordable (between $100,000 and $190,000) and energy efficient, reducing the occupants’ energy bills up to 60% (the pictures above are from the Detroit Free Press article as well). This is not a new concept (check out the Container City website for great photos and projects), but the Detroit project would be the first large-scale application in this region.