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Friday 30 Nov 2012

Amsterdam's unused shipping containers to be recycled to combat Brighton and Hove's rising homeless population

The south-coast region of Brighton and Hove in the UK is a creative hub of media industries, artistic outlets, students and eclectic individuals. WAN can vouch for this seeing as our Editorial Offices are a stone’s throw from the glorious Brighton Royal Pavilion on the outskirts of the Lanes. What Brighton also has is a growing homeless population; a result of spiralling rent and housing prices.

Several years ago, Amsterdam looked to combat their own housing crisis by devising a plan to reuse shipping containers as studio apartments complete with kitchens, bathroom pods and some with green roofs. Unfortunately funding fell through for the project so the Brighton Housing Trust and developers QED are planning to transfer 36 of these shipping containers to the British coast for use in the Brighton and Hove area.

If approved by Brighton and Hove City Council, the containers would provide much-needed temporary housing for the homeless population while a long-term solution is sought. There are already a number of initiatives running in the area which give much-needed support to the local homeless population such as Phase One, a 52-bed hostel with an in-house life skills course called Programme for Change. The scheme has a Clinical Nurse who works with clients to tackle their alcohol dependencies and offers an ongoing programme to ‘address the issues at the root cause of [clients’] homelessness’.

This latest temporary housing project is just one of many inventive ideas that we’ve featured over the years where shipping containers have been transformed into residential units or public facilities. Other examples include:

New Jerusalem Children's Home, Midrand, South Africa
The Venny, Melbourne, Australia
Whitney Studio, New York, United States
Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand
Decameron, São Paulo, Brazil
Containers of Hope, San Jose, Costa Rica

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