October 11, 2012

Shipping Container Expressionism

Ian Volner's spec-heavy article in Architecture Magazine gives a nice hook to finally post about Lo-Tek's shipping container project, the Whitney Studio. image: Ian Allen, no relation, via archmag As pioneers in the medium, Ada and Giuseppe know how...
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Posted by greg at 8:16 AM

February 4, 2012

Afghanprogettazione: HESCO X DIY Troop Furniture

Maybe it's because I was reading about Jean-Pierre Reynaud and Superstudio's Quaderna furniture last night, but for the first time, I suddenly noticed the incredible, grid-like mesh gabion fortification and construction system that defines the forward operating bases in...
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Posted by greg at 8:34 PM

February 14, 2010

That Minnesota Skyway For Sale Again/Still

In this difficult real estate environment, close followers of the used modernist Skyway market will note have reason to be optimistic. Even as asking prices have dropped nearly 40% in the last year,--from $79,500,to around $49,500--they are still way...
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Posted by greg at 9:42 AM

March 16, 2009

Ensure Is George W. Bush's Blue Gap Dress

Like everyone else in the country, I was glued to the screen September 11th, 1998, scrambling to download the massive Independent Counsel's Report, aka the Kenneth Starr Report, from a still-scrawny Internet. I finally printed my copy in time for...
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Posted by greg at 1:42 PM

January 22, 2009

Minnesota NICE: Skyway For Sale On Craigslist

Ho-ly smokes. The Minneapolis architecture firm City Desk Studio just put a skyway up for sale on craigslist. A freakin' skyway. It's a steel girder and glass box, 20 x 83 feet, and 14 tall, designed by architect Ed...
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Posted by greg at 2:14 PM

August 17, 2008

Before There Were Shipping Container Architectures

caravans, originally uploaded by Elmer Kroese. Awesome, just awesome. Catherina Scholten's set design for a 2005 production of Chekhov's "Ivanov" at the outdoor theater in the Amsterdamse Bos [Woods] is just awesome. Shipping containers topped with mobile homes and...
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Posted by greg at 4:55 PM

October 25, 2007

Dude, Under Siege, Blackwater Takes On Air Of Dwell Magazine!

Modular, prefab, minimalist, outdoor space, nice matte finish, shipping containers... Just slap a couple of solar panels on the roof and get a book stylist in there to add a Moholy-Nagy monograph to the coffee table, I think we...
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Posted by greg at 2:44 PM

July 29, 2006

TGI Freitag

Been a while since I've posted shipping container architecture news, but it's become so hot everywhere else, I'm sure no one minds. This is worth mentioning, though. Regine interviewed one of the Freitag brothers about the bag company's new...
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Posted by greg at 12:36 PM

November 25, 2003

Shipping Containers, v. 4

It's an inadvertent but recurring subject of interest here at greg.org: the architectural use of connex shipping containers. Sunday, NPR aired a puffy little interview with Zalmay Khalilzad, the new US envoy to Afghanistan; it turns out he'll be living...
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Posted by greg at 1:07 AM

February 20, 2003

Shipping Containers, v. 3

A sporadically recurring topic here at greg.org, the non-shipping use of shipping containers. [Instigating post here, extensive post here.] Shipping container used in an illegal Israeli outpost, image:nytimes.com Samantha Shapiro's NYTimes Mag story, "The Unsettlers," profiles young, militant Israelis who...
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Posted by greg at 9:02 AM

October 25, 2002

On The Transformative Power of Architecture, or The Caribbean Light At The End of The Tunnel

image via globalsecurity.org Last month I wrote about art and architecture made from connex containers, the standard 40-foot steel boxes used for international shipping. #1 architects MVRDV proposed a complex made from them for Rotterdam, their home town (and a...
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Posted by greg at 7:34 AM

September 30, 2002

carry-on luggage, four weeks later

Nearly a month after an accidental click into a carry-on luggage article brought my surfing to a teary halt, it's okay to laugh again. In this week's New Yorker, Nick Paumgarten tells of of several successful attempts to carry Emmy...
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Posted by greg at 2:12 AM