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CONTAINER CRUISE PROJECT CONCEPT
WHILE ORDERING OUR CONTAINER HOUSE
WE ARE HAPPY TO BE ON THE SHIP WHILE SAILING
 EXHIBITED IN LONDON FESTIVAL OF ARCHITECTURE 2008
The project proposes a new built environment system. It dwells on the ideas of modular housing, settlements defying political boundaries and travel, and connects them within
the concept of a 'container cruise', questioning the settled living systems around the world and their possibly outdated existence within our continuously changing global lifestyles.
While the container, as an object, has already been defined as an alternative living space by several architectural trends and theories, the fresh idea proposed in this new system is
to have the container return to where it originally belonged: on the container ship. Considering the main function of a container, which is to serve as a glorified box that transports things
from one place to another; in this project, the house (or home) and all the sensations it brings (such as belonging, comfort, security etc) are combined into a travelling city construct.
The container ship stops in various ports all around the world, and drops or picks up container houses to/from the nearest container dwelling area, and continues its cyclic motion
around the world with its new residents. This project is also significant in that it follows a sustainable living system; it is environmentally and ecologically friendly, since it provides an
all-in-one kind of lifestyle.  In summary, the focus is on the global nature of this arrangement: since this new built environment is continuously on the move overseas, it constantly gains
new inhabitants from all around the world, creating new relationships and a lifestyle without physical, cultural  and political frontiers except that of the privacy of one’s own home.
Prepared and developed in collaboration with N. Çukurel. This project has taken place in London Festival of Architecture 2008.
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