Container AtlasI've got a bit of a thing for architecture and design.  Just looking, mind you, not actually participating.  Right now, what's got my attention is a recently published book called Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture (ISBN 9783899552867).  It's pretty fantastic!  Not only does it boast over 200 pages of actual projects, but the first 50 or so pages discuss everything from the history of shipping containers to construction physics to the economic and ecological aspects surrounding container use as a building material. As for the projects; there's an Illy coffee shop, a sauna, bathrooms for a summer camp, a Puma retail store and any number of offices and residences.  If you're at all interested in this type of quirky architecture or in large-scale re-usability; or, if you just like cool pictures of cool things, this could be the next book for you.  And, oh yeah, while the bulk of the projects are from Europe, there are four Canadian entries, my favourite of which is the Chalet de Chemin Brochu.  I dare you to tell me it's not a great-looking place!

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