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Not Just a Container: The Dekalb Market Contest

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This summer in downtown Brooklyn, something exciting is happening. The Dekalb Market, housed in a collection of repurposed shipping containers, will open in the Fulton Mall. Creative entrepreneurs will be brought together at this destination that will include an incubator farm, food market, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces, not to mention events and a performance venue. As if that weren’t exciting enough, Urban Space is presenting the Not Just a Container contest — a competition to come up with the most creative and innovative use for a shipping container. The idea is to have designers and entrepreneurs completely re-imagine a use for a recycled shipping container and then bring that idea to life at this downtown retail location. In doing so, this project will help support the growth of Brooklyn’s creative community and foster local innovative sustainable design. 

Check out all the details, submission information and criteria on the contest homepage. Although only U.S. residents are eligible to enter, shipping container-based structures have been popping up all around the world. Share your stories about this modular, upcycled architecture in the comments below! What would you do with a funky old container?

Read more about the Dekalb Market on their Facebook page and find them on Twitter.

  • dailyportrait

    dailyportrait says:

    This sounds so very exciting! I'd love something like this to be done in "old" York (UK)! :D

    4 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    so excited for this to hit Brooklyn!

    4 years ago

  • lamusekalliope

    lamusekalliope says:

    Wow!!! I so have to check this out in the summer.

    4 years ago

  • DeweyDecimalCrafts

    DeweyDecimalCrafts says:

    seriously happy this will be happening. I'll visit regularly.

    4 years ago

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign says:

    I'm so surprised there are not more responses to this post! The container is the modular unit for inspired, affordable architecture worldwide. If I lived near the DeKalb, I would definitely enter this contest. I am in California so good luck to all who enter.

    4 years ago

  • SoulRole

    SoulRole says:

    shipping containers are the bomb!here in Hawaii they get a lot of use!

    4 years ago

  • muse2323

    muse2323 says:

    Every time I see one, I remember how my husband's old employer tried to send him back to work after his head injury by creating a job which would force him to interact with people in a high-stress environment (you must know how coarse and aggressive construction workers can be) and to be in one of those containers all day long. Despite the doctor's recommendations. Still, I think the market would be a fun thing to visit.

    4 years ago

  • QueenBeeKnits

    QueenBeeKnits says:

    I've seen many fabulous homes created with shipping containers. One day ...

    4 years ago

  • ScreamingCheeToes

    ScreamingCheeToes says:

    I have been wanting a container for my backyard for sometime now! I'm not sure if I would use it as my craft cottage, or as a sleep away/fort for my kids to play in. Would also make a great area for an outside BBQ

    4 years ago

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 says:

    This is an awesome idea. Good luck, I am sure you will get great ideas.

    4 years ago

  • PIGandFiSH

    PIGandFiSH says:

    The steam from this project spells 'creative'! Love the idea and find the design limitation of working with a shipping container to be so intriguing. It would be a wonderful opportunity for a collaboration with fellow designer/woodworking friends - hmmmm.... Can you smell the smoke over here?

    4 years ago

  • ShellyMacdesigns

    ShellyMacdesigns says:

    I'm with you PigandFish! My gears are turning!!

    4 years ago

  • apaulek

    apaulek says:

    They work well on so many levels. Here is the Kiln shed that I build using 2 twenty footers. http://adampaulek.blogspot.com/2009_11_01_archive.html Go containers!

    4 years ago

  • LEFTright

    LEFTright says:

    This is awesome. Reminds me of my very last project in college. Great memories!

    4 years ago

  • FullSpiral

    FullSpiral says:

    Project onto the outside, and have a crazy party on the inside!

    4 years ago

  • twoandyou

    twoandyou says:

    Shipping containers, great idea !!!

    4 years ago

  • necklush

    necklush says:

    Thanks Morgan!

    4 years ago

  • SketchbookVintage

    SketchbookVintage says:

    I am a big fan of shipping container construction. I'm glad that the contest accepts conceptual entries, because I'm not too handy with a torch!

    4 years ago

  • SketchbookVintage

    SketchbookVintage says:

    I am a big fan of shipping container construction. I'm glad that the contest accepts conceptual entries, because I'm not too handy with a torch!

    4 years ago

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos says:

    Very fun contest!!

    4 years ago

  • sleepingvirginia

    sleepingvirginia says:

    An innovative idea for sure! And a great excuse to visit the city!

    4 years ago

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS says:

    I have been following the "off-label" uses of shipping containers around the world for years. I am so happy to see this innovative use of metal coming to Brooklyn.

    4 years ago

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry says:

    What a great contes and ideas for shipping containers!

    4 years ago

  • JoyGJ

    JoyGJ says:

    up

    4 years ago

  • lhyy

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    lhyy says:

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    3 years ago

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle says:

    I love Etsy articles that give us a glimpse into exciting events in Brooklyn! A contest to encourage eco-friendly innovation...wonderful!

    3 years ago

  • quiltartfabric

    quiltartfabric says:

    Great idea!

    3 years ago

  • wirequeen

    wirequeen says:

    Someone in Phoenix took one and created a livable house its on display on Roosevelt Street and 5th. If I can get to Phoenix I'll take pictures and get the company's info.

    3 years ago

  • AyeCHIHUAHUA

    AyeCHIHUAHUA says:

    Fantastic!

    3 years ago

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