Not Just a Container: A Contest!

March 13th, 2011 | Posted by tjones in Green Building | Sustainability

courtesy dekalb market

When considering sustainable design, reuse is one of the most significant ways in which a green construction project can reduce its environmental footprint and bolster its sustainability credentials.

Urban Space is an organization devoted to showcasing independent designers, chefs, and boutiques throughout the United Kingdom and the U.S.  If you live in New York City and have visited one of the Christmas markets in Union Square, Columbus Circle, or elsewhere, you are seeing the work of Urban Space NYC.  This is in keeping with the organization’s ethos of community and urban revitalization, and a showcasing of local goods and services – certainly one of the main focuses of the environmental movement in recent years.

Green Depot is partnering with Urban Space on a new project: the Dekalb Market.  The Dekalb Market project is not only a new market space to be opened in downtown Brooklyn, but will be constructed from a collection of salvaged shipping containers.  In conjunction with this, Urban Space has announced a competition for entrepreneurs to develop new ideas for the use of a shipping containers for art, commerce, or agriculture.  As the project’s website says, “The goal of the competition is to support the growth of Brooklyn’s creative community by helping a local entrepreneur realize his or her dream of opening a bricks and mortar location.”

The winner will be awarded with a container license rent-free for six months, a $3,000 design and construction budget, a one year membership to 3rd Ward, a one year membership to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, press exposure, and an online feature.

In addition to these awards, Green Depot will be furnishing sustainable building materials to help complete the project!

The deadline for entry is April 9.  To learn more about the competition, visit the Dekalb Market’s webpage, located here.

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