The Daily Green has a bunch of really great examples of shipping container architecture. Yes, that means new homes built out of discarded shipping containers… the ones that litter the American landscape in coastal areas, and that progressive artists like Chris Jordan have documented in their work. For many years, people living on the margins of society have appreciated the shelter from these containers, but now it’s becoming an intentional design element in many architectural plans. Here are a few of my favorites… I find it incredible that these are people’s homes, and the Illy coffee shop is brilliant example of portable retail space. Shipping containers could be the next trend in ‘pop-up’ retail stores because they are cheap and very portable (with access to a flat-bed truck of course).