Submitting Student(s)

Asia Piskorski

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Sangwon Sohn, M.S., NCIDQ

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Design

Abstract

Trends for interior design are constantly changing, but the purpose has not. Interior Design seeks to create something functional while reducing the negative impact on the environment. In recent years, building with shipping containers has become very popular, which is largely due to its sustainable and structural benefits. Research shows containers are more cost-effective and more convenient for building. They also work in a modular system making the buildings easily customizable. Many containers are discarded every year and studies reveal upcycling a container takes only a fraction of the energy usage and reduces chemicals that are released into the air because of melting down the metal. New Beginnings is a homeless shelter located outside of Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA. Skid Row is where the largest population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States resides. The buildings for this shelter are mostly made of shipping containers, other sustainable materials, and sustainable furniture. Systems Furniture is made of recycled materials like wood, plastic, rubber, etc. for offices. These and other renewable resources like rubber and bamboo are used in shelters and throughout the buildings. Utilizing these materials and resources allows for the design to reduce waste and provide a healthier environment that supports success.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Sustainable Design: Reducing Waste with Shipping Containers and Renewable Resources

Trends for interior design are constantly changing, but the purpose has not. Interior Design seeks to create something functional while reducing the negative impact on the environment. In recent years, building with shipping containers has become very popular, which is largely due to its sustainable and structural benefits. Research shows containers are more cost-effective and more convenient for building. They also work in a modular system making the buildings easily customizable. Many containers are discarded every year and studies reveal upcycling a container takes only a fraction of the energy usage and reduces chemicals that are released into the air because of melting down the metal. New Beginnings is a homeless shelter located outside of Skid Row in Los Angeles, CA. Skid Row is where the largest population of people experiencing homelessness in the United States resides. The buildings for this shelter are mostly made of shipping containers, other sustainable materials, and sustainable furniture. Systems Furniture is made of recycled materials like wood, plastic, rubber, etc. for offices. These and other renewable resources like rubber and bamboo are used in shelters and throughout the buildings. Utilizing these materials and resources allows for the design to reduce waste and provide a healthier environment that supports success.