7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: steve gibson | Wikimedia Commons

If you’ve ever walked by Vancouver’s port, you’ve probably seen those multicoloured stacks of shipping containers soaring into the sky like giant Lego blocks.  Now how would you like to live in a condo tower made entirely of those containers?

Vancouver may soon be home to the tallest shipping container structure in North America – a 7-storey, 71-foot-high building to serve as social housing in the Downtown Eastside.  The 26-unit structure, proposed by the non-profit Atira Women’s Resource Society, would use approximately 90 shipping containers and would be erected on the corner of Hastings and Hawk Streets, according to a Globe and Mail article by Francis Bula.

While easily the tallest structure of its kind in the city, the building wouldn’t be the first. Continue reading:
7-Storey-High Apartment Tower Made of Shipping Containers Coming to Vancouver

Veggies from Vancouver’s Urban Farms Coming to a Market Near You

Photo credit: Lisa Parker | Flickr

Photo credit: Lisa Parker | Flickr

Would you buy hyper-local fresh veggies out of a retrofitted shipping container?

That’s the plan proposed by Vancouver’s best known urban farm, Sole Food.  Over the past five years, the unique “street farm” initiative has transformed nearly 5 acres of vacant lots around Vancouver into thriving agricultural land. Now Sole Food is set to kick off a fundraising campaign to open its first retail locations.

The plan is to raise $100,000 to purchase and equip a metal shipping container to serve as a produce stand, according to an article by the Vancouver Sun’s Randy Shore.  The container would sit on a Sole Food farm at Main Street and Terminal Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the city.  The funds would also be used to open a retail outlet inside the popular Granville Island Public Market.

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Veggies from Vancouver’s Urban Farms Coming to a Market Near You