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Bridge in Israel to be constructed out of shipping containers

Posted By Wayne Grayson On January 23, 2013 @ 8:53 am In Construction News | No Comments

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Work will soon begin on a bridge made of shipping containers. Designed by Israeli firm Yoav Messer Architects [2], the project has been named “ECOntainer bridge” and will be located in the Ariel Shannon nature conserve, Designboom reports. [3]

The pieces that make up the bridge will be assembled offsite, with a steel truss being attached to the containers as the bridge’s main structure.

But Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger raises some good points [4] about whether or not this is truly good design. “But can you call cutting out walls, engineering the boxes into trusses, and welding four 40-footers into a span “fast and easy” compared to building a box truss from scratch that is actually the length of the span between supports?”

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.


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[2] Yoav Messer Architects: http://www.messer-architects.co.il/

[3] Designboom reports.: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/yoav-messer-architects-econtainer-bridge-israel/?utm_campaign=daily&utm_medium=e-mail&utm_source=subscribers

[4] But Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger raises some good points: http://www.treehugger.com/modular-design/bridge-being-built-shipping-containers.html

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