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MacArthur Annex / Shipping Container Architecture

This tour is sold out, please email events@aiaeb.org to be added to the waitlist.

A Small Firm Forum Tour

Thursday, April 6, 2017
12-1:30pm
Location: 644 40th Street, Oakland

Free and open to all.

1.5 CES LUs

This month, we will tour the MacArthur Annex Project and discuss how shipping containers operate as a building material. The project tour will focus on the various challenges encountered with the use of containers from design, to permitting, to construction.

The project is mixed use, and acts as an open architectural framework for a local community of creative entrepreneurs and makers. The occupants range from artists and craftsmen to professionals and small businesses. Included in the mix are a local coffee shop and a new beer garden.

The conception of the project began with the notion of using the shipping container as the basic module for development. This is in part because shipping containers are ubiquitous in the Bay Area, and Oakland in particular due to proximity to the port. The studio has a history of working with conditions and materials that have gone neglected or been discarded. The containers presented a perfect opportunity.

About the Presenter:

Matt Baran, AIA founded Baran Studio Architecture in 2010 at the peak of the Great Recession. Prior to that, he worked on concepts for architectural robots that shifted their form and location to adapt to various contexts which became the beginning of Baran Studio. Currently the studio extends those efforts, working closely with staff and clients to further explore architecture that is closely adapted to various contexts.

Learning Objectives:

After completing this program, attendees will…

  1. Learn conceptual design opportunities in using shipping containers as a building material.
  2. Be able to identify the programmatic opportunities and constraints unique to shipping container construction.
  3. Identify the planning, zoning and building code issues associated with the use of shipping containers as building material.
  4. Be introduced to the construction and cost concerns regarding the use of shipping containers.
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