Uses for shipping containers in Christchurch

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After the Christchurch earthquake of 22 February 2011, the authorities found a wide range of uses for shipping containers: as barriers to protect houses, vehicles and pedestrians from falling rocks and debris; as supports for badly damaged buildings; as shelter spaces for workers in the CBD; as support structures for temporary sheds.

Have you got images that show other ways containers have been used in Christchurch? Please email us at info@nzhistory.net.nz if you can help.

See also: 'Christchurch quake causes container drought' and 'Christchurch shipping containers' (NZ Herald); 'Better latte than never' - coffee shop in a container (Stuff); CTV item about Sumner containers (YouTube); Christchurch quake: diary from Sumner (BBC)

Cashel Mall

A high-profile adaption of shipping containers in Christchurch was their use in the rebuilding of Cashel Mall. Read more about this here (Stuff).

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Ashley

Posted: 19 Jan 2019

This sounds similar to how the people of San Francisco utilized railway boxcars after their great earthquake around the turn of 20th century. Today, one can still find homes that had been expanded from the temporary emergency shelters these boxcars had provided.