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The City of Container in Mexico

Updated on September 25, 2012

Recycling of cargo containers into a beautiful city

What should we do if we found many unused cargo containers around us? We must imitate to Gabriel Esper Caram and his partner. They are clever developers in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico. With their extreme idea, they built an entire city of salvaged shipping containers, entire of this city are adorned with reused materials, from bottle caps to plastic tubing, etc. Though recycling is not yet a big part of Mexican culture.

This is amazing concept for the city made by recycle things. Gabriel said that if we love all things about urban design, or following the latest design and style trends, we should come get to know this project. Personally I love the creative idea from Gabriel Esper Caram and his partner. They try to create an icon of beautiful city made by recycle things. They are total in presenting their creative concept to be something valuable.

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About Cargo Container

What do you think about cargo container? Cargo container is a large container for freight, any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another). Based on the size, the container can be divided into 20ft container, 40ft, 40HC ft and 45 ft. While based on the type of charge is known as dry cargo, reefer, and special containers.

Some cruise provides a container for special needs, like:

  • Container is equipped with a hanger beams are used to send the garment / clothes by hanging without packing cartons
  • Container with extra payload or larger door size for a load with the weight and larger dimensions.
  • Bull rings and lashing bars to tie cargo
  • Container with the window (Ventilated containers) for crops that require air circulation such as coffee, chocolate, onions, garlic, etc.


Usually the reefer containers are equipped with special features such as:

  • Dehumidification system which ensures temperature and humidity inside the container.
  • Even Super Freezer Container can maintain the lowest temperature at -60 ° C / -76 ° F

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How to recycle this?

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That’s why I choose this city as a good example for another city who wanted to follow this creative idea to be something useful. From outer appearance isn’t really a city. But it’s a strip mall concept. So, what can we see from this city? This city contain with restaurants, bars and clubs, houses boutique clothing stores, a tattoo parlor, a bus depot, and a dry cleaner. By using colorful paint, make this city a pleasant spot for patrons of any age to enjoy a breakfast in the morning, a cup of tea at noon, or a rock & roll nightcap. There are several of outdoor spaces to sit around and hang out, some events and bands scheduled all the time.

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Top of favorite place for hangout is Taxi Bar with life music in the evening. How if we get hungry? Don’t worry, we can order delicious foods like: tacos, sushi, doner kebab from the neighboring restaurants. Even we can order deep-fried cecina (salt-cured beef) from La Martina next door.

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Cholula itself is a city in Puebla, 15 km west of the city of Puebla which are contains the smaller municipalities of San Andrés Cholula, Santa Isobel Cholula and San Pedro Cholula. The exactly place for the city of container is located at the corner of 12 Oriente and 2 Norte in San Andrés Cholula.

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How to get around? By foot, most of the sights of Cholula can walked to in no time at all. Bike is good alternative, because most of majority of the Cholulu's and the university students get around by bike. For touristing we really only need buses to get in and out of Cholula, it just spent 5 peso. Car and taxi are another alternative transportation, but I heard that taxi tend to be more expensive.

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BONUS. Container city as a beautiful background!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      once again such an intresting topic and such great info and amazing pics!! no one can beat you at this pras!! great great hub!! and this place and this concept is really creative? gets my vote Up!!

      carrie

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      L M Reid 5 years ago from Ireland

      That was very interesting and unusual. Thanks for a great hub. It is amazing what can be done with recycling these containers

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      agus fanani 5 years ago

      I always admire your hubs which are unuque and extaordinary like this one. Using them in housing is one way in recycling those containers.It also minimize the use of wood in building houses.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, carriethomson. Thanks for coming and give your appreciation to this creative work. I thought we both agree with the recycling concept. I appreciate your vote. God bless you.

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to this hub, viking305. I hope you enjoy this information and we can learn about creative idea. Cheers...

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, agus fanani. Thanks for always support my hub. I love your comment about this idea is good to minimize the use of wood in building house. God bless you.

      Your best friend, prasetio

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very cool Prasetio! I truly loved this hub, I love this idea, the writing and the photos! Super awesome!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, RealHousewife. Thanks for coming and give your appreciation to this hub, especially about the creative idea of this city. Have a good day! ~prasetio

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I've seen a similar documentary on these container houses in Florida as safe from hurricanes..Thanks for sharing this awesome hub Pras.;)

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome hub. I've never heard of this before but the concept is really interesting. Thanks for sharing this information and the photos.

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Prasetio my friend - what a great hub! I saw this concept on TV a while ago and was completely fascinated by it. In fact, my husband and I actually discussed the idea of building a container home for ourselves.

      I'm all for recycling; your hub really demonstrates how it can be done in style by the use of containers for homes, shops and restaurants - good job!

      Voted way UP

      Cloverleaf.

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      Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from the Ether

      How do you find such intriguing and unique places? Voted up and awesome and interesting. Seriously a beautiful, green concept. I absolutely fell in love with this hub...my favorite of yours to date!

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      Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

      This is such a unique idea. The containers should be used for the homeless everywhere. Good hub.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, this is what I call recycling! what a fantastic idea, nice one pras! cheers nell

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I admire any use of waste materials being used for a new purpose.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, Mentalist acer. It's new for me about these container as the solution from Hurricanes. I'll search more about this news. Thanks my friend. Take care!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Happyboomernurse. Thanks for coming and gave your appreciation about the city of container. I hope we can imitate this with another things. Just need a sense of creativity, right. ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, cloverleaf. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub. I am glad to know that you and your husband have a plan to build container home. Wow..this was a lovely idea. I hope you can make it soon. You can place this on your backyard or everywhere that looks suitable for this container. I hope this hub become good inspiration for you. Thanks for always gave your vote. I am impressed with this. God bless you!

      Love and peace, prasetio

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Fantastic article to bring forward pras. Mexico has one of the worst environmental situations in the world; and people like these two gentlemen are hopefully leading the way for a reversal of the catastrophe. Good pics of the place and what a message with the hot senorita! Vote Up for hope.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Kittythedreamer. Maybe this all about my passion to gave us "cute" and useful information. My soul as a teacher always push me to give something informative. If we talk about "green concept", I hope this city reflecting this issue and give us a motivation and as the solution for unused container. I believe there are millions container around the world. They need to be recycled. Thanks. ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome to my hub, Barbara Kay. You come up with great idea about the container for homeless. I hope this hub become a good solution for us. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Nell Rose. I hope this hub useful for us.....amen. God bless you!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My big brother, dahoglund. Thanks for dropping by. That's what we called this "recycled". A beautiful idea how to make unused things become something new. God bless you!

      Your little brother, prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, Alastar Packer. Thank you very much for coming and leave nice comment about the environment issue in Mexico. I agree with you about Gabriel Esper Caram and his partner. With their hands, they gave something fresh for a new environment. I love the "hot senorita" also, hahaha.... Thanks for share your vote. Take care!

      Prasetio

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      SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Recycling those old containers is a great idea. I am glad to see so many cities are recycling now.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      Another fascinating article, Pras, about a container city. What a wonderful recycling idea. Who knew? Next time my work takes me anywhere near Cholula, Mexico, you know I will have to stop to visit. I'll tell them you sent me. :)

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Great photos Pras! My company is into both modern interiors and sustainable products so this is right up my alley so to speak :) Cheers!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      This is such an interesting article, Prasetio! Who could imagine that ugly containers could turn into something like this! This must be the best city on recycling and the best on great ideas:)) The container city looks so nice and tidy and nothing like ordinary containers!

      Another excellent article from you and I am so impressed by how you find these fantastic places!

      Tina

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      What a creative cool way to use dry containers. The reused containers even look chic and inviting. Love the pictures as usual. Rated up.

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Prasetio

      Very cool, creative and environment friendly.

      Voted up, up and away.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, SweetiePie. This hub shown that beautiful places come from unused things and creative idea, of course. I hope we can learn something here. Peace, prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My best friend, drbj. Thank you very much for share your plan to visit Cholula. I hope you can see this city in person and send my warm greeting to the people over there. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Green Lotus. I am glad to see you here. Thank you very much for dropping by. I am glad to know about your company interior. It looks beautiful and I believe the employee enjoy to work inside. Take care! ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Tina. Welcome to this hub and thanks for share your appreciation to this information. That's the main reason of recycle, on how to make something new and useful from unused things. I agree with you about this city looks tiny and clean. I hope we get a motivation from this hub. God bless you!

      Love and peace,

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thank you very much, anglnwu for coming to this hub and share nice comment about this city. It looks so comfortable environment from the recycle things like cargo container. I hope you enjoy this information. Cheers....

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Sueswan. Thank you very much for your attention to this hub and always give your vote. I really impressed with this and give me a motivation in sharing another useful hubs. Have a good day. Success for you.

      Blessing and hugs,

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      iZeko 5 years ago

      Fantastic idea! It reminds me of the container city in the movie “I, Robot”. Voted up!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, iZeko for coming to this hub and remind us about iRobot the movie. I love your "vote" and you always accepted here. God bless you.

      Prasetio

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      attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

      There are some inventive people around Mr Prasetio, you being one of them. I wouldn't mind one of these self-contained homes, even if they are a bit tinny. You could make a moving city on a container ship too and see the world at the same time too. Thanks mate.

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      funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

      Wow. That is actually so cool! I love ideas like this. Recycling at it's finest.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My brother, attemptedhumour. Thank you very much for coming, leave nice comment and share your idea about container city. I hope we can learn something useful about creative idea in making such of beautiful city. I agree with you about some inventive people around me and I believe that one of them is you, my brother. God bless you. Take care!

      Love and peace,

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, funmontrealgirl. Thanks for dropping by. You are right about recycling. Hopefully this city become a good example for another cities. Cheers... ~prasetio

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      b. Malin 5 years ago

      A House build from Containers how Unique is that...The many possibilities blows my mind. I wonder what kind of Engineering is needed. A most Interesting and Fascinating Read Prasetio.

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      vivekananda 5 years ago from India

      Wow! that's a wonderful idea to recycle containers. Great hub.

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      Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you, Prasetio, for this incredible hub of recycling ideas.

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      mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Very interesting, adds a whole new meaning to the words 'hot box'.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, b.Malin thank you very much for your appreciation. I agree with you about the architect of this city. They need a creative idea to make such of beautiful building. I hope this hub useful for you. Cheers...

      Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, vivekananda. Welcome to this hub. I hope you entertained with this hub and you can learn as well. ~prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Your welcome, Hello, hello. I hope we you always love my hubs and this is become my homework to give the best for us. ~Prasetio

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, mckbirdbks. Thanks for coming and share your thought about this topic. God bless you!

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      Ingenira 5 years ago

      That's a really creative concept, using a container for accomodation. I am used to work in this temporary container, and it is also used in camp site, but turning it into a nice accomodation place is so cool and clever.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Welcome back to my hub, Ingenira. Thanks for coming and share your experience work inside a container. Hopefully we get inspiration after reading this hub. Nice to see you again, my friend. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio:)

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      That is creative and indeed a good way to attract more tourists!

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      My friend, KenWu. Thank you very much for coming and leave nice comment. As unique place this city certainly attracts more tourists. Cheers...

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      Pamela N Red 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      That's a cool idea but I wonder if they are hot in the summer since metal attracts heat?

      I know some people out in the country that turned an old box car into a storm shelter. They cemented it to the ground, since it's made of iron it's not going anywhere.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Dear, Pamela N Red. Nice to see you again and I know how you care with this topic. I thought the people who living at this city can solve the heat problem, because they are familiar with this circumstances and I believe they enjoy live at that place. I had never knew about the people that turned on old box car into a storm shelter. They need to be creative to save their life during the storm, like Tornado...right. Thanks for share about this. Have a nice weekend!

      Prasetio

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      Pyretta2 5 years ago from Whitney, Ontario

      What a great article. Innovative solution to decent housing problems and recycling. I had never heard of this before. Thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      HI, Pyretta2. Welcome to this hub. Thanks for coming and share your opinion about the city of container. I hope this hub useful for us. Take care and enjoy your day.

      Prasetio

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      SpaceShanty 3 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi,

      I have just written a Hub about a similar project here in the UK and came across your Hub, very nicely presented and very informative, thank you.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Thanks, SpaceShanty for beautiful comment about this topic. I am to see your hub soon. Take care!

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