Container Gardening In Empty Construction Lots (River park farm New York)

Zach Pickens, of Brooklyn, N.Y., manager of Riverpark Farm, tends to his crops. Instead of allowing stalled projects to become eyesores, some developers are coming up with creative ways to use them temporarily until construction can begin.

With the downward spiral of the economies around the world one thing is for sure the housing market has well and truly stalled. The main reason being not that there is a lack of demand but the mix of speculative building and the crazy loaning of before 2008 has left many homes oversized for what people can afford. I worked in social housing before and could see it all over the UK where 1 – 2 bedroom homes are shunned for 4 – 6 bedroom luxury homes. Often the smaller homes were remodelled and extended or bulldozed to build a bigger home. Issue with this today is there is a lot of spaces out there that aren’t seeing construction take place as corporations and landowners sit waiting for the next bubble to begin before starting construction again. This leaves many empty construction lots all over the world which could be utilized for urban farming as we see in the photo above. Its all being done in crates so highly mobile. This feeds local needs as well as creates jobs on land that is currently stuck in limbo hope we will be seeing more of these styled projects to remove eyesore land into useable farm lots.

Disguise shipping container home with vertical garden

Green Wall - Vertical garden

The discussion of cosmetic appearance as well as cooling and insulation properties often come up when talking about shipping container homes but half of the issue is people don’t think out of the box or that nature can often have the solution right in front of us. This development in the photo is actually inside an office complex providing natural beauty, a changing scenery as well as cleaner air all from a vertical garden which is artistic in design. The reason I picked this one out of the projects that Gsky have already completed is that its shape i similar to a shipping container,its indoors and if they can do this indoors why can’t we outdoors? May also help get round planning permission issues as it would be a living piece of art. Gsky do sell the products as well although not sure if they do international shipping. One thing is for sure though is this can be replicated with a bit of thought.

Murphy bed (folding bed from wall) ideal for use in a shipping container home

In any home the one thing that takes up the most space without actually being functional most of the time in daylight hours has to be the bed which in a shipping container an area taken up by an area 4ft wide by 6ft long is a lot of space to waste just to lie down. At the same time sofa beds often don’t offer the same level of comfort of a normal bed so a compromise has to be made which is where the Murphy bed or folding bed comes in as it allows the unit to be put away when not in use.

Downside was when I seen how much people are charging for these units which is why I did a bit of research on getting the mechanism as well as plans on how to build a Murphy bed which is what I am sharing below as no doubt I know others will be interested for the same reason as me.