Customizable shipping container for the Caribbean

WorldChanging's Julia Levitt reports on an architecture project underway at Clemson University in South Carolina to come up with plans for turning shipping containers into good, humane, locally appropriate, customizable housing in the Caribbean. Shipping containers that land in Caribbean ports are treated as waste because it's not worth anyone's while to ship them out again.

"Our goal for the initial start up phase of the project is to come up with a design that, like the ISO container, can navigate the many different scenarios -- Haiti, Dominica, Jamaica etc. -- in the Caribbean, and at the same time be "open" enough to take root and adapt so that families can take ownership of the dwelling to meet their needs but within their means," says Hecker.
Turning Shipping Containers Into Customizable, Affordable Housing