On kottke.org yesterday, there was a photo of some of the "hundreds of thousands of unused [shipping] containers" that have been piling up in Hong Kong due to slow global export demands. Following the link was a comment:
which reminded me of some really interesting houses I'd seen on WebUrbanist last year:
which received so much attention and praise that they quickly followed it up with more:
There's also a project called "12 container house" (the page additionally contains a video tour):
as well as another project called "Container City", which describes itself as "an innovative modular system that creates affordable accommodation for a range of uses."
modular in shape, extremely strong structurally and readily available.
Container Cities offer an alternative solution to traditional space
provision. They are ideal for office and workspace, live-work and
And for the DIY-minded, WebUrbanist has a post on "Buying, Designing and Building Cargo Container Homes".
Future's gonna be an interesting place.