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Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architectureby Han Slawik
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Containers are a phenomenon in today's architecture. This comprehensive guide not only shows visual
examples of state-of-the-art projects, but also gives international experts the opportunity to explain
the history of container use in architecture and to give practical advice on how to work with them.
Shipping containers are modular, affordable, and virtually indestructible. More
and more often they are being used to build temporary structures such as pavilions,
offices, galleries, and bars that can be easily moved if necessary. This phenomenon
has a name: container architecture.
Container Atlas presents a wide range of contemporary projects along with an
in-depth investigation into the background and evolution of this topical field. The
book illustrates how containers are being used as building blocks to accommodate
the daily lives and special events of urban nomads. Because the structures
that containers are used to build are not meant to be permanent, their architecture
has a more short-term and playful character that often references current
trends. Container Atlas features advertising, pop-up stores, and temporary exhibits
that are built using this approach as well as sophisticated housing and office
spaces. Found in both urban and rural settings, these container structures provoke
and inspire while setting new standards in functionality and aesthetics.
Including detailed reports by experts in the field, Container Atlas explains the historical
development of container use in architecture, documents plans, describes
associated costs, and suggests concrete solutions for common problems. The
book also introduces the various types of containers currently in use today, from
standard shipping models to modular pieces made to order out of various materials
or with customized cutouts. Container Atlas is a practical and inspirational
reference for architects, planners, and cultural activists as well as event and
marketing managers, to guide them in deciding what types of containers are best
suited to their upcoming projects.
With years of theoretical and practical experience in the fields of container architecture
and modular building, architect and professor Han Slawik and his team
have established themselves as international experts in these fields.
This book presents a wide range of projects in container architecture - a contemporary architectural phenomenon. It features container structures used as pop-up stores and temporary exhibits as well as sophisticated housing and office spaces that provoke and inspire while setting new standards in functionality and aesthetics.
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