Buildings are inherently inflexible. They can not easily be moved, structurally changed or taken down. But the best use of real estate is always being pushed and pulled by local and global forces. One of the forces that has changed how we utilize our space is the increase in global trade thanks to the standardized metal boxes that we call shipping containers.
Containers eliminated the need for goods to be unpacked at local warehouses which brought about massive industrial conversions in places like Manhattan’s upper west side.
But while these containers helped flatten the world and they too have become a bit of a burden. Due to trade imbalances containers end up in certain ports with no outbound use. The amount of space these containers take up is amazing.
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