Converted Shipping Containers May Give Detroit Residents A Place To Congregate

Converted Shipping Containers May Give Detroit Residents A Place To Congregate

Nick Lavelle’s 'It’s In The Box' concept is a multifunctional space that can sustain itself on objects found from abandoned lots.

Emma Hutchings
  • 12 september 2013

Landscape architect Nick Lavelle’s ‘It’s In The Box‘ concept is a multifunctional community space made of shipping containers. It could function as a meeting place, an urban garden, or even a merry-go-round that serves as a generator.

Converted Shipping Containers May Give Detroit Residents A Place To Congregate

The space can sustain itself on objects found from Detroit’s many abandoned industrial lots. Lavelle’s idea has achieved a final spot in SXSW Eco’s Place by Design competition. He has created a 90-page thesis all about the project, and told Co.Exist:

This first box would be a community meeting house where meetings would be held as to what functions and aesthetics people would want. And then all the designer would have to do is draw from the kit of parts. It’s the first building block, and then in order for it to be a successful place, the people would have to add their own aesthetics and function on it to survive.

It’s In The Box


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