Movies like "Transformers" and the big blockbuster robots vs. monsters action fest "Pacific Rim" feature scenes involving shipping containers as integral props. To watch Mark Wahlberg devise a heavily strategic plan involving a shipping container or a giant robot using one to smack a humongous monster in the face brings appreciation for these devices of transport that we take for granted so often. |
In this green tech time of human development, where "reusable" and "recyclable" are thought of when designing new inventions, taking something and making it new again is practical in modern living.
I can't say what qualifies for a decommissioned shipping container, but I can say that, given the general size of them and space they have, recyclable is most definitely a word I would say in the same breath. Other words I would bring up? Movie and theater.
If you've ever watched the television show Doomsday Preppers, you'll know that many of the people featured on the show have built shelters for the apocalypse out of these containers. They're durable, capable of being modified, and economical enough for anyone with the appropriate inclination to purchase one. However, instead of using (or reusing) these materials for fending off zombies or an army of biblical proportions, why not attempt to show people some art?
Right now, New Orleans is going through a Pre-Renaissance of film. They're not quite at a full-blown renaissance yet, but with movie productions coming into the area all the time, it only follows that cinemas would come around too. Big and small, from the chain multiplexes to the single screen neighborhood houses, these movie theaters play an important role in encouraging work in the industry, inspiring more movie watching, and helping moviegoers to become more critical and analytic about art. The culture only improves with more theaters, which shipping containers could help with.
Real estate in the area of New Orleans can be expensive, as would be the renovation of such a building. Why not get some shipping containers together on a spot of land and use the money saved to turn the material into a wonderful theater? And why stop at this recycling? The state of Louisiana has plenty of solar companies and incentives for using such companies - could we get a mostly green tech movie theater?
There was a project called Bloom Box in the city, which used shipping containers to hold sustainable gardens for neighborhoods with little to no healthy grocery resources. Imagine a movie theater built from previously used materials that also runs off of renewable energy. Imagine that! The business could potentially pay for itself over time.
This is merely a seed of an idea, one that I hope will grow into a reality. It's fun to watch these devices IN the movies, but even more fun to watch movies in THEM.
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