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Sustainable Architecture: Containers 2 [Paperback]

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23 Jan 2014
This book explores the innovative new ways in which architects are using shipping containers to create affordable and sustainable projects. Shipping containers were designed to provide an economically viable way to store and transport goods over long distances in watertight conditions. Their dimensions were internationally standardized, particularly in terms of height and the shape of the enclosure itself. These standardized dimensions - as well as being economic and secure - also happen to be almost perfect in terms of human scale, meaning they are entirely appropriate for designing habitable spaces. Filled with full-colour illustrations, this volume presents a selection of the latest creations with shipping containers, designed by architect studios worldwide, starting from small room for guests, to residential complexes, and even shelters, shops and apartment buildings.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Instituto Monsa de Ediciones; Bilingual edition (23 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8415829310
  • ISBN-13: 978-8415829317
  • Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 22.5 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Containers 2 15 April 2014
By Dan
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This is a nice book showing a vaiety of buildings using old shipping containers.

I'm a little bit disappointed in the presentation. Some of the photos are clearly out of focus, making it a little bit annoying to flip from page to page seeing various quality photos. I've no idea why the photos were not re-taken in focus. It makes the book feel a bit amateur in parts.

Also. The text is split into two separate blocks, one in English and the other in Spanish. This in itself is not a problem. Actually I can speak spanish so it's no big deal at all. But what is odd is that the English text seems to have been put through a Spanish-English online translator, or has been written by someone whose language is not English. There are some quite odd turns of phrase that would never get past an English-speaking editor. At the end of the day I really bought the book for the photos rather than the text so it's no big deal. But combined with some less than ideal photos it does make the book feel a little bit sloppy.

Having said that: If you want some inspiring photos to look at from the container world, you will enjoy this book. It's paperback, a nice size and fairly interesting. It just could have done with a little bit better editing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning experience. 24 Feb 2014
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Book is better than many others on the same subject. Due to the honesty of this book I am seeing cracks in the myth growing around container buildings.I live in the US and her Majesty's Postal Service outdid itself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended by the Adaptainer blog 18 Jun 2014
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This book was recommended by the Adaptainer blog. While the book is not a complete how to manual it does contain lots of useful information especially about the eco aspects of building with shipping containers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful book 27 Mar 2014
By Steven Watson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a really nice book with some interesting ideas for constructing shipping container houses. It is filled with beautiful color photo's and has a host of well thought out designs interspersed with thoughtful descriptions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 July 2014
By Steve R. - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. Great ideas provided.
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