Cargotecture: Green, Sustainable & Humanitarian

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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 among the most environmentally friendly construction options that exist today. This, admittedly, appeals most to the teacher / latent environmentalist in me.

In the course of my work, one of the questions I have had to answer is how Cargotecture can be deemed ‘green and sustainable’. Here’s what I have learned:

It drastically reduces urban pollution: Used shipping containers are the refuse of the global society, a by-product of ‘depreciation by virtue of use’. At a certain point the depreciation renders the value of a container so negligible that it is more cost effective to remanufacture a shipping container than to redeploy an existing on, which results in up to a third of used containers being found abandoned in ports at any given time, taking up valuable urban space, not to mention resources.