Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook

container home

Posted in Uncategorized by bowsprite on 2012/12/11

Worn out from the mayhem and chaos of the city, my friend, Ivy, and I were daydreaming of alternative lifestyles.

containerhome

me: “We can live in containers, grow vegetables and drink rainwater.”

Ivy: “Live in a container?? will it smell like Target?”

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  1. tugster said, on 2012/12/11 at 07:47

    i love the porthole in the front door. it made me wonder what other additions you could make that refer to its previous mobile life. first the direction was submarine: periscope. you could check on the kids. paint it yellow. then i thought about gantry cranes . . . of your very own so that you could orient it so that the sunlight might always come thru the porthole. or you could add more containers assembled in whatever arrangement so that you can accommodate house guests. instead of a car or the driveway or a motorhome, you could save up for your very own straddler (see 3rd and 4th foto here: http://tugster.wordpress.com/2007/07/13/more-cargoes-6/ ) and i see it now if container homes catch on . . . you’re cutting edge NEW definition of taking a cruise: have a truck and chassis pick it up, take it to the port, load it onto your choice of container ship–you know the names and the one i’m thinking of–and tour the 72% of the planet.

  2. Richard Hudson said, on 2012/12/11 at 10:06

    It sounds like a great idea.

  3. Andy Hall said, on 2012/12/11 at 11:42

    She’s back! She’s back!

  4. walt said, on 2012/12/11 at 11:45

    Yes it will smell like Target: Chinese plastics, hopefully not the store’s customers or the fried foods!

  5. Michael said, on 2012/12/11 at 11:55

    I like the tea towel window treatments!

  6. mageb said, on 2012/12/11 at 13:34

    Oh, simply delighted to see you. Yes, it’s time to set one of those up as your second home far, far away in the hinterlands. :)

  7. Reid Sprague said, on 2012/12/11 at 14:22

    I remember a gCaptain (I think) feature about shipping containers that had been adapted as businesses and living quarters around the world. . . it’s a compelling idea. I think because an empty container is a blank canvas that invites you to think about what use you could put the space to. I used to have the same fantasies about boxcars, when I was a kid in rural Indiana. I’d see them going by, and dream. Thanks for giving me a dream today!

  8. o docker said, on 2012/12/11 at 19:30

    To one degree or another, most of us do live in containers. And work in containers. And think in containers. Our lives are containerized more than we’d like to admit.

    I guess that’s why we need tea towels in the windows and a porthole to look out of.

    • Reid Sprague said, on 2012/12/11 at 22:37

      Brilliant! Tea towels in the windows, and a porthole to view the world through, do provide a perspective that humanizes all our containers.

  9. bowsprite said, on 2012/12/11 at 19:43

    Hello, Everyone!
    The smell: the same friend walked through the childrens’ rainboots section or Target and nearly asphyxiated on the toxstic.

    I love the idea of living on a containership in your portable home. Gives POSH (‘port out, starboard home’) a new meaning, as your ship swings around on anchor. Port Ebb, Starboard Flood?

  10. Fenna Blue (@fennarama) said, on 2012/12/13 at 16:41

    Oh, I’ve dreamt about this. Living so close to Detroit, where you can get plots of land for $100…I’ve thought about buying a whole damn block and making it my urban oasis!!!

  11. Paul Drouin said, on 2012/12/15 at 13:08

    Nice! But why daydream of alternative lifestyles – live them ;-)


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