Month: March 2016

Cargotecture: Pillars of Strength

While making complex modules out of shipping containers, one of the questions that often comes to mind is whether removing the ‘walls’ of a container to join it with another will affect the strength of the container itself. The answer is a firm ‘NO’. According to Container Handbook [http://bit.ly/1V3lOpo] , ‘the load-carrying element of all..

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SMART Solutions for Construction Sector

GCC economy has been on a fast-track for growth for over a decade now. According to reports, the region’s economy is projected to grow by 3.7 per cent in 2016 – this despite shrinking oil prices and other setbacks faced. Construction has been the single largest sector in the region, contributing to a staggering two-thirds..

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Back again with Cargotecture!

Here I am, back again with Container Conversion aka Cargotecture. It is a topic that fascinates me for a number of reasons, the primary one being that it is one of the finest forms of sustainable architecture. Except on very rare occasions, the raw material that goes into Cargotecture is non-seaworthy shipping containers. These would..

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It’s basic – so why can’t it be SMART?

I’ve been doing quite a bit of travelling in the past month – mainly up the Himalayas. I know, I know – and you’ve been hearing quite a lot about it! What can I do? I like to talk… My son came up with this gem last night when I told him that one of..

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Cargotecture: Green, Sustainable & Humanitarian

Here I am, after a round of art and life and photography and whatnot, back to Cargotecture. Because it’s a vital part of my work, and each time I start my ‘work’, I find newer facets to it that are exciting. One of the most compelling aspects of Cargotecture is the fact that it is..

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What makes Cargotecture S.M.A.R.T.?

Alright. It’s back to used shipping containers, Cargotecture and all things S.M.A.R.T. As I said, I have a fascination for all things out of the ordinary, and that, precisely is what attracts me to explore container conversion yet again. Yes, there are so many aspects of Cargotecture that I find interesting, but the acronym SMART..

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My brush with Cargotecture!

For the past year, used shipping containers have occupied a lot of my time and mind space. Of course, it’s a part of my job to think and write about shipping container conversion, but when it comes to this topic, it’s the case of my ‘vocation and avocation’ being one, as Robert Frost had said…

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SMART AND GREEN – THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION

To most people in the region, shipping containers are mammoth steel boxes that transport cargo across land, air and sea – and rather imposing on roads. But not to Arjun Menon, Managing Director of Smart Box, Dubai. To him they are SMART boxes – Steel, Modular, Architecturally engineered, Recyclable and Transportable boxes – Lego blocks..

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