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Not Just a Container: The Dekalb Market Contest

Mar 22, 2011

by Morgan Evans

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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.

32 comments

  • dailyportrait

    dailyportrait said 6 years ago

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

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 6 years ago

    so excited for this to hit Brooklyn!

  • lamusekalliope

    lamusekalliope said 6 years ago

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

  • DeweyDecimalCrafts

    DeweyDecimalCrafts said 6 years ago

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

  • blainedesign

    blainedesign said 6 years ago

    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.

  • SoulRole

    SoulRole said 6 years ago

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

  • muse2323

    muse2323 said 6 years ago

    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.

  • QueenBeeKnits

    QueenBeeKnits said 6 years ago

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

  • ScreamingCheeToes

    ScreamingCheeToes said 6 years ago

    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

  • tammyann343

    tammyann343 said 6 years ago

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

  • PIGandFiSH

    PIGandFiSH said 6 years ago

    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?

  • ShellyMacdesigns

    ShellyMacdesigns said 6 years ago

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

  • apaulek

    apaulek said 6 years ago

    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!

  • LEFTright

    LEFTright said 6 years ago

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

  • FullSpiral

    FullSpiral said 6 years ago

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

  • twoandyou

    twoandyou said 6 years ago

    Shipping containers, great idea !!!

  • necklush

    necklush said 6 years ago

    Thanks Morgan!

  • SketchbookVintage

    SketchbookVintage said 6 years ago

    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!

  • SketchbookVintage

    SketchbookVintage said 6 years ago

    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!

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Very fun contest!!

  • sleepingvirginia

    sleepingvirginia said 6 years ago

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

  • YOURDAILYJEWELS

    YOURDAILYJEWELS said 6 years ago

    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.

  • KristyLynnJewelry

    KristyLynnJewelry said 6 years ago

    What a great contes and ideas for shipping containers!

  • JoyGJ

    JoyGJ said 6 years ago

    up

  • lhyy

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  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle said 6 years ago

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

  • quiltartfabric

    quiltartfabric said 6 years ago

    Great idea!

  • wirequeen

    wirequeen said 6 years ago

    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.

  • AyeCHIHUAHUA

    AyeCHIHUAHUA said 6 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • stanislavnefedov

    Stanislav Nefedov from Handworkmodels said 3 years ago

    Good bisness idea

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