ContainR at Vancouver 2010 a Success
containR was sited at Vancouver's SHAW Tower court yard, across from the Olympic Cauldron during the 2010 Olympics from February 12-28. containR featured 48 films from around the world, including 5 commissioned films made specifically for containR and broadcast on Bravo!FACT / CTV. Commissioned filmmakers were: Murray Siple, Miryam Bouchard, Kathleen Smith, Mark Adam and Marlene Millar & Philip Szporer.
2010 was curated by Nicole Mion & Evann Siebens. The containers were designed by Robert Duke,a long standing registered architect in Alberta, industrial designer Keith Doyle, and designer Iain Sinclair. It features murals by Vancouver artists the dark and Zak David (aka Virus).
containR's project sponsors are: Arts Partners in Creative Development (APCD), Cineworks, Bravo!FACT, SHAW, La Scala, EMMEDIA, BCAC, and Vancouver's Host a City Program.
Build sponsors are: Duke Architecture, Intelligent Forms, Kindred Construction, EatArt, Day4 Energy, Bush, Bohlman & Partners, Bridge Electric Corp., Montana Cans. Many thanks to our volunteers and SHAW staff!.
"containR turns bleak space into public meeting place"
- Kevin Griffin, Vancouver Sun
Think of it as green cinema meets performance films. Recycled shipping containers house free screenings of Canadian and International dance, sport and performance films
containR is a street installation at the nexus of video, public art and urban design, sitting at the cross roads of mountain and urban culture, art and sports cinema, embracing public art and sustainable design. By using reconditioned shipping containers integrating alternative energy sources, the installation references Vancouver’s rich history as a major port as well as a centre for green design.
"As a public art piece, the structure speaks volumes….Hopefully the structure will continue to inspire and spark innovative uses of sustainable materials well beyond the city limits."
- Dwell Magazine
"containR proves that recycling old shipping containers remains a seductive idea."
- Canadian Architect
"containR explores the boundaries between sport and art and show how the same kinds of physicality are displayed in everything from ballet to boxing."
- B2C Shipping Container News
containR Featured in Gestalten Publication!
Container Atlas: A Practical Guide to Container Architecture
containR is featured in the May 2010 (North American) release of Gestalten's Container Atlas, illustrating how containers are being used as building blocks in the daily lives and special events of urban nomads.
This book presents a wide range of projects in container architecture – a contemporary architectural phenomenon. It features container structures used as pop-up stores and temporary exhibits as well as sophisticated housing and office spaces that provoke and inspire while setting new standards in functionality and aesthetics. But the book is not only visually inspiring. Because it documents plans, describes associated costs, and suggests concrete solutions for common problems, it is a practical reference for architects, planners, and cultural activists as well as event and marketing managers, to guide them in deciding what types of containers are best suited to their upcoming projects.
Visit Gestalten's page for Container Atlas.