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Ok, this has been a dream of mine for almost 20 years:  Get a large abandoned building in the warehouse district part of town, you know the type of building: over a hundred years old, freight elevator, bricks, big wooden floors, loft style spaces. Create a storefront, simple gallery space cafe incubator style accommodations.   Have at least one large open area for large art shows, music events, fundraising events etc.  then the rest of the building is used for housing the artists, studio space, workshops, printing presses, kiln, darkroom, any type of equipment that helps artists make art.

Believe me I’ve been close to realizing this dream with 2 very large projects that involved lot’s of    people but they were business world geared ventures   (they never listen to the crazy artist guy, it’s always “hey did you get that new website up? we need those t-shirts? you don’t want us to pay you to let you perform at our show do you?”)

I’m currently involved with The Poor Souls Society people, who seem to be on there way to achieving something similar to this

So far i have found one amazing group in London who seem to get it

these guys are amazing and have come up with several things i never dreamed of       Crisis center for ending homelessness

scroll to bottom of this page to watch the video

go to that second link and watch the video, you will be amazed, Please God help me get something like this going here

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What are you talking about now Stephen?

This may sound crazy but it’s really a total simple logical obvious thing:

cargo shipping containers are everywhere all over the world, you don’t have to drive very far in any city on the entire planet to find one of these things abandoned in a vacant lot.  Every Dock has the facilities already in place to move them around very efficiently, the systems for moving them by boat plane train truck and even helicopter are all already in place and being used daily.  They are a solid structure, easily modified, and when you drop them on a piece of land you don’t need a building permit, lot’s of regulations and red tape can be avoided in areas where this may cause a problem

I’m by far not the first to come up with this idea

The daily green article on shipping container homes

whole website dedicated to cargo container living

Tokyo design week competition

If you really think about this it’s a no brainer, slap some solar panles on top maybe a pop up wind turbine (think of it as a sailboat sucking air and wind for energy conversion)

it wouldn’t take much to get this rolling full steam and we could use up the millions of these things that are just laying around everywhere