GM supports program to make homes out of shipping containers image

General Motors, the automaker with a home base in Detroit, is now committing to aiding an interesting initiative, that would see used shipping containers in the Motor City turned into affordable houses.

The project, which was started by a nonprofit organization, the Michigan Urban Farming Initiative, or MUFI, has been gaining widespread attention in the urban community – as it seeks to address at least one of the problems the almost bankrupt city has – housing. Besides that, the idea of taking used shipping containers and recycle them into a habitable lodging is gaining followers in the US – as it could see widespread use in various scenarios – from retired people’s homes to necessity housing.

Now, the personnel from GM’s Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant are embracing the project, with their intention to help build the city’s first occupied shipping container homestead.

“This innovative project allows our facility to give back even more and be an integrated community partner while reusing materials that would otherwise be discarded,” said Doneen McDowell, the Detroit-Hamtramck plant manager. “MUFI’s plan to reinvent urban agriculture is a creative approach that helps Detroit’s renaissance.”

The house unit would be manufactured from 85% rap materials donated by the automaker and built in part by employee volunteers. Detroit-based TAKD Design and the Integrity Building Group of Detroit also collaborate on the project, while the GM Foundation also gave a small grant.