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Shopping Malls Make You Buy

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Posted: May 13th, 2011
at 5:14pm by mnp


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Hotelling the Office

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An office for each employee makes people happier, helps ergonomics and privacy.

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Posted: May 2nd, 2011
at 2:32pm by mnp


Categories: business,architecture,development,jobs

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Reinventing the Shipping Container Part 6

Box Office which is currently 75% leased, built by Distill Studio and great for startups, is a Providence, Rhode Island feature that utilizes shipping containers in an actual application. Check out some of the photos below.

The building is a welcome addition to a blighted area and a model for the sort of green building that that Cicilline said he hopes to make Providence a national leader in. "This area has been long neglected," said City Councilor John Lombardi, who represents Federal Hill. "What they’re looking to do is certainly something different."

The movement to recycle old shipping containers has taken off primarily because there are so many of them in circulation.

Containers, while a cheap and efficient way for companies to send their goods internationally, are too costly to send back to their home ports empty. The result, according to Case, is that there are "literally hundreds of thousands of these things sitting in ports."

Some of the most recognized projects include Container City, a residential complex made of containers in London’s Docklands, that was built in 2001 and today has 37 live-work spaces.

Amsterdam boasts one of the world’s largest container residences: a dormitory complex completed in 2006 with 1,000 units of student housing. And in April, Boston’s Fan Pier played host to Puma City, a temporary collection of 24 shipping containers, arranged into a multilevel Puma retail store with a bar and event space. (Source)

:: All images courtesy of Distill Studio ::

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Posted: April 25th, 2011
at 1:15pm by mnp


Categories: architecture,photo,development,entrepreneurship

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Land’s End for the Gatsby Mansion

You may have played the NES version and seen the ending, but here it is in reality folks.

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Posted: April 21st, 2011
at 4:14pm by mnp


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The Way We’ll Live Next

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Posted: April 12th, 2011
at 1:29pm by mnp


Categories: life,green,business,mnp is for the children,architecture,travel,development,education,jobs

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My Ninja, Please! 4.6.11 : Wood Skyscrapers on the Rise

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Highly earthquake and fire-resistant and eco-friendly…. but MY NINJA PLEASE!

In architecture, engineering, and forestry sectors around the world, there is a mega-buzz about forthcoming high-rise towers made of wood. Imagine a 20, 30, or even 40-storey condominium or office tower that has timber structural-members and is clad in wood. The modernist preoccupation with high-carbon-footprint concrete and steel may soon take a back seat to the innovation of towers constructed of wood. The earliest ventures in this direction started in Japan a decade ago. But numerous projects are now also on the drawing boards in Austria, Norway, Australia, and Canada.

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Posted: April 6th, 2011
at 5:27pm by mnp


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Reinventing the Shipping Container Part 5

Having delved into the background of what shipping containers are in past entries, we haven’t really gotten into the formations in which you can safely stack your containers and how you start the building process. With the help of a great article by the teenage mutant ninja hero coders, I will review some of the issues that are presented when the time comes to buy some pallets.

You can only stack containers in configurations where all four bottom corner casings of the upper container are supported by four top corner casings of lower containers.

This makes it difficult in terms of being creative with your designs.

Walking on the roof is not encouraged as the flats are merely meant for weather protection and can carry a ton of weight per square meter.

The author then goes into how to fix the containers together, creating doors, optimizing structural integrity, placing the containers, and most importantly how to move the containers.

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On which containers to get:

The only ISO containers we where able to get at decent prices where 20″ 40″ and 40″ "high cube" containers. Keep in mind that the "modular space" container type is very different from shipping containers and usually much less sturdy.

With this said if you are looking for more inspiration, check out the rest of the series.

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Posted: April 6th, 2011
at 11:29am by mnp


Categories: weaponry,architecture,design,development,trade,innovation

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Elevated Garden City in Christchurch?

What to do with the newly destructed space in New Zealand…

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Posted: March 19th, 2011
at 10:22am by mnp


Categories: green,architecture

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Involution Studios Boston

Check out their recently leasedAoffice!

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Posted: February 12th, 2011
at 4:34pm by Koookiecrumbles


Categories: architecture

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