London’s Marston Court transforms shipping containers into emergency housing for the homeless

April 26, 2017 by  
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A newly-constructed emergency h ousing development in London’s Ealing borough provides 34 temporary apartments to the needy. CargoTek teamed up with QED Property , ISO Spaces and Ealing Council to build the innovative Marston Court development out of re-purposed shipping containers, using a kit of moveable and re-usable parts for maximum flexibility. The project addresses the issue of homelessness with flexible, temporary and affordable design solutions. Marston Court is located on a disused brownfield site on Bordars Walk in Ealing. The project revitalizes vacant land by providing emergency accommodation to those in need, including young families and low-income individuals. Related: CargoTek taps shipping containers for affordable UK homes and offices The project will house up to 72 people in 34 fully furnished apartments with a management office, laundry and refuse storage. It includes a landscaped outdoor area with a playground. ISO Spaces manufactured the modular components in their production facility in Cornwall. The company’s founder Gregg Curtis said: “Homelessness is an issue that is always critical at any scale, We need to design and develop more solutions to these issues. Our focus is on providing real products to do that. And working in partnerships with organizations that can deploy those solutions at scale is critical.” + CargoTek + ISO Spaces + QED Property

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Easy-to-assemble flat pack trailer can be used as emergency shelter or for glamping

October 13, 2016 by  
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The multi-use shelter, conceptualized by design brand Duffy London, combines practicality and accessibility. It is supplied flat-packed for compactness, enabling 35 shelters to fit in a standard transit van, which is small enough to access hard-to-reach areas. This makes it extremely useful during natural disasters and emergency situations. Thanks to its practical design and ease of assembly, medical teams can use it for first-aid support. Related: Shelter Pack emergency homes compress to 31-inch-tall slabs for easy transport The Duffy Shelter is built from sustainably harvested wood with a variety of finishes. Handmade by in-house and local artisans, the structures are supplied in packages with shells that include walls, floor, legs, roof, windows, hatches and hinges. Although the company doesn’t supply the shelter in trailer form, the structure is easily converted into a mobile unit. + Duffy London

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Object Works’ Cuckoo Clock offers a modern twist on an old wind-up favorite

October 27, 2015 by  
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Cuckoo clock fans will get a kick out of this contemporary interpretation of the traditional wind-up clock. Minneapolis-based studio Object Works crafted a new and unique wall-mounted cuckoo clock that features a laser-cut face made from walnut veneered MDF and furniture-grade plywood, as well as a quartz cuckoo clock mechanism. The 8.5-pound clock is equipped with a light sensor that shuts the cuckoo off at night. + Object Works The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Luke Brabants turns old skate decks into art for your wall

October 27, 2015 by  
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Luke Brabants is recycling, one skateboard at a time. Anyone serious about skateboarding knows that you can go through decks like tissue paper.  So Brabants takes old skateboards that have been piling up, turning them in to new pieces of art for the wall. These old skate decks become unique reclaimed art, with grind marks and all the history of each deck engrained in to them to make each one truly unique. Brabant uses organic shapes from fauna to flora to transform the shape of these decks and then hand cuts using a jigsaw to create a truly different piece of art. + Luke Brabants The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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MHU is a solar-powered mobile shelter for migrant workers

October 22, 2015 by  
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In the developing world, many economic sectors have migrant workers, which poses a problem for housing solutions. The traditional approach towards housing results in either renting or living in a property in an undesirable area. Current housing solutions are extremely static and permanent, which doesn’t correlate with the migratory nature of the work. The MHU (Mobile Housing Unit) is a mobile housing that provides safe shelter and dignified living conditions for migrant workers. The unit’s main structure is a refurbished shipping container . Externally, composite insulation panels shield the main structure from direct heat build-up and being mounted externally increases internal space capacity. The unit is serviced by prefabricated bathroom and kitchen units. Water and electricity are generated by solar power and much of it can be flat packed for transportation. + aca4 The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Squat your way to a free subway ride in Mexico City

October 22, 2015 by  
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A little daily exercise could earn strap-hangers a free ride in Mexico City. Since the beginning of 2015, the city’s Secretary of Health has boosted a campaign offering up free subway rides for riders willing to do a mini workout of ten squats. The health stations in subway and bus stops are a city wide effort to curb obesity in Mexico City , which is a rampant issue in both the city and the country. Read the rest of Squat your way to a free subway ride in Mexico City

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Compact container Kiosque can be assembled in three hours flat

October 22, 2015 by  
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Warmpod empowers communities to provide portable, disaster-proof shelter for the homeless

October 13, 2015 by  
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Once focused on enforcing state laws that prevented  homeless folks from illegally camping on public lands, out-of-work Oregon Park Ranger Raymond Gulley is now trying to do something positive about the problem with the Warmpod. Warmpod is a small portable modular emergency structure that anyone can build, empowering communities to help keep homeless people warm in the winter and to prepare for natural disasters. The Warmpod is built for extreme weather and can withstand high winds. The sidewalls are made from fir with rigid foam insulation that can bounce back when stressed. The floor module has a unique “inner lip” which directs moisture outside of the unit and keeps wall modules in place. Once completed, the Warmpod is made of 6 interlocking modules that can easily fit in the back of a pickup and be assembled by one person, to help make a difference no matter where it is needed. + Warmpod

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IKEA’s Modular Better Shelter Housing Unit is a solar-powered emergency home for refugees

September 7, 2015 by  
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Enormous ritual stone monument discovered near Stonehenge is “archaeology on steroids”

September 7, 2015 by  
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Stonehenge is easily the most famous stone monument in the world. Now, just two miles away, archaeologists have discovered the remains of another massive monument that has been hidden just under the Earth’s surface for thousands of years. Researchers used radar mapping to determine the monument consists of at least 90 stones – 30 of which appear to be intact – that measure up to 4.5 meters (15 feet) tall. The stones are arranged in a giant C bordering a dry valley and facing toward the river Avon. Read the rest of Enormous ritual stone monument discovered near Stonehenge is “archaeology on steroids”

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