Friday Focus: Living on Container Terminals


Living in shipping containers has been widely explored as a sustainable solution (a good example being the INSIDER video above), but the pressure of Hong Kong's rising population has pushed one innovator to think outside the box and suggest building on top of terminal facilities.

Chow Ming-kuen, former president of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers, has proposed that the city should explore residential development on top of Kwai Chung container terminal.

Obvious problems are that Kwai Chung container terminal operates 24 hours a day, and also the noise, light and air pollution, but these problems could be made better through the terminal becoming fully automated.

With nine piers and 24 berths in the container terminal, adding up to a total area of 279 hectares, there's a lot of space that could be utilised for people to live in.

Hopefully we see some interesting developments start to take shape soon.

Technical Paper: How to go about Greening Terminals

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