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Kuntal introduced and discussed some advantages of shipping containers involving flexibility, durability, and affordability in his blog. I partly agree with him except the durability. Shipping containers are originally produced for loading goods. It could only basically defend the terrible weather. However, it could difficult act well in thermal insulation and natural ventilation as a long-term living space.

However, it is probably an ideal way of recycling use. For example, a temporary co-working community use shipping containers as working and activity spaces, named Pop Brixton in London. This is affordable and flexible for start-up people. And Krynkl is another case in Sheffield. It is a mixed functional building, providing start-up business spaces, meeting rooms, a gym, a cafe, and a rooftop bar. This is a low-cost solution of an efficient and flexible for the site.

In conclusion, shipping containers need to be taken particular measures if they act as housings. However, shipping containers are recycled, affordable, and flexible. It could alternatively be served as other temporary functional spaces.



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