"Pack 'em, rack 'em and stack 'em": The appropriateness of the use and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation

Grant, E 2013, '"Pack 'em, rack 'em and stack 'em": The appropriateness of the use and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation', Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 35-44.


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Title "Pack 'em, rack 'em and stack 'em": The appropriateness of the use and reuse of shipping containers for prison accommodation
Author(s) Grant, E
Year 2013
Journal name Australasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 35
End page 44
Total pages 10
Publisher Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
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.
Subject Architecture not elsewhere classified
Criminology not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Building methods
Material reuse
Prison architecture
Prison construction
Shipping containers
DOI - identifier 10.5130/ajceb.v13i2.3269
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