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Type: Journal article
Title: "Pack 'em, stack 'em and rack 'em": the reuse and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation
Author: Grant, E.
Citation: Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, 2013; 13(2):35-44
Publisher: Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1835-6354
Department: Division of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic)
Organisation: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education: Wilto Yerlo
Centre for Housing, Urban and Regional Planning (CHURP)
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Elizabeth Grant
Abstract: Shipping containers are gaining increasing recognition for their apparent durability, adaptability, light weight, ‘low cost' and ease of stacking, spurring a trend that has resulted in shipping container sculpture, homes, housing, hotels, and museums. The use of prefabricated, pre-manufactured and prototype building methods for prison construction has grown considerably as some jurisdictions attempt to deal with the construction of prisons with speed and economy. In the last three years, shipping containers have been used in the prison sector as a way of managing burgeoning prison populations. Recent prison developments in both Australia and New Zealand where shipping containers have been employed for prisoner housing are of considerable interest. In this article, the financial, functional, structural, technical, environmental and architectonic impacts of this approach are discussed.
Keywords: Prison Architecture
Prison Construction
Prisons South Australia
Building Construction
Shipping Containers
Sustainable Building
Rights: Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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