Building With Discarded Shipping Pallets
This is a great example of ‘giving old things new life’. I-Beam Design uses discarded shipping pallets to build affordable housing that can improve people’s lives, the environment, society and even inspire greater diplomacy among the various cultures of the world.
The ‘Pallet House’ is an inexpensive, efficient and easily realizable solution to the problem of housing people displaced by natural disaster, plagues, famine, political and economic strife or war. This type of transitional housing bridges the gap between temporary tent shelter and permanent home. The pallet module provides great flexibility in terms of configuration, allowing each family to build according to their own needs. The size and layout of each home can evolve over time encouraging the participation of the community that lives in the houses. A simple pallet structure evolves naturally from emergency shelter to permanent house with the addition of more stable indigenous materials like rubble, stone, earth, mud, plaster and concrete.
Pallets are versatile, recyclable, sustainable, easily assembled and universally aesthetically pleasing. They are readily available in most countries and their transportation cost and weight is negligible when used to carry shipments of clothing, food, medical supplies or other relief aid. What other ways can we re-purpose the pallets that are piling up at our International Airport?
Source: I-Beam Design
Contact: Azin Valy @ 212.244.7596
Spotted by: Bikram Palikhey