About this project
Eastern Market, Detroit.
This is the first of two projects to be built from repurposed shipping containers that celebrates story-telling as a way to connect people. It’s our prototype and focuses on how we can most creatively engage people while building sustainable business and community. It’s an opportunity get your ideas and feedback to inform the second, much larger shipping container project, Collision Works.
That’s a 36 room creative hotel and community space welcoming people of all stripes to collide and create. You can learn more about the hotel project here: www.facebook.com/detroitCollisionWorks
Now is the time!
By May 18th, which is Flower Day in the countries longest running farmer's market, attracting over 200,000 visitors, we want to have our First Container ready to go. We’ll put two 8x40 foot units on the corner of Russell Street and Wilkins, just three blocks away from our future hotel. It will stay up for six months.
We’ve got some great partners with proven experience that love the project:
- Eastern Market Corporation has offered prime real estate outside Shed 5 for a six month demonstration
- Integrity Builders Group of Detroit will handle the construction
- SG Blocks will provide the containers, engineering, and all box transportation
- KOOP AM (Architects) is designing how it all works, what’s inside, and drew these pictures we are already looking at.
They are ready to go.
In order to get our FIRST CONTAINER Story Box structures in place we need to raise $37,000 in just two weeks. ($3,700 of that is fees for Kickstarter and Amazon Payments).
In short order you will be able to visit us, share some stories, and meet great people. Your contribution will be part of something that you can hang out in through the fall of 2013. And it will live on in the hotel, forever.
What will happen inside?
Once these are live the real fun begins! Each month we’ll have different story “themes” like The Arts, Alternative Transportation, Food Production, and more. You can get into the details on firstcontainer.com, but some things we’ve already got in motion include:
- Weekly “lunch and learn” for area workers to hear stories about and from their fellow market employees
- An oral history project to document the lives and stories of Eastern Market workers and residents
- Kids telling kids why they wanted to learn to make things like bikes and robots and electronic music
- Showcase a variety of local creative talent, artists, directors, and musicians
- Conversations with Detroit’s contemporary artists about why they chose to stay in Detroit
Because this links to our other project, the Collision Works hotel and community space, a lot of our programming will also work towards inviting visitors to meet and interact with the people that call Detroit home. We’ll work with local festival and event producers like the Detroit Maker Faire, the Detroit Design Festival, and the Woodward Dream Cruise to create programs specifically for their out of town visitors.
We really want you to be a part of this. It’s not just the money. Most of our rewards are designed to include you, tangibly, in the actual First Container, which will later be moved to the site and become part of the larger project. Forever. We are in the business of designing great experiences and having you be a part of this first one is a very big deal to us.
Let’s show the world what we can do together.
Let's create a place for Detroit's stories to live on.
Let’s rock this.
<3 and Sparkles, from Shel
We also want to let you know who is involved in the project. Below is our rockstar team and advisors.
- Shel Kimen, Founder/CEO Collision Works, Project Lead
- Addie Langford, TechShop; Audience & Program Development
- Brian Mooney, IBG Detroit; Construction
- Ceara O’Leary, Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Community Engagement
- Christina Heximer, Detroit Collaborative Design Center; Community Engagement
- Chris Blauvelt, Patronicity; Crowdfunding
- Dan Carmody, Eastern Market Corporation; Planning and location
- David Cross, SG Blocks; Engineering and containers
- Dean Storm, Spirit of Space, Detroit Stories; Filmmaker
- Delphia Simmons, Thrive Detroit, Kiva Detroit; Community Engagement
- Donna Jackson, Detroit100 Series, Synergy Detroit; Events, Storytelling
- Dorothy Trojanowski, Graphic Design
- Gary Wozniak, RecoveryPark, Planning and community
- George Cooper, KOOP AM; Architect of Record
- Helene Kenny, o2 Creative Solutions; Design
- Ivory Williams, Virgil Carr Center; Storytelling
- John Biggar, IBG Detroit, Design & Construction
- Laurent Vernhes, Tablet Hotel, Design
- Leslie Smith, TechTown; Operations and finance
- Randall Fogelman, Eastern Market Corporation; Planning
- Sara Adkins, University of Michigan; volunteers and rewards
- Shashank Karnik, Consultant; Project Manager
Risks and challenges
Risk in construction typically involves three things: land use, building permitting, and weather. In our case land is not an issue. We are guaranteed use and have an easy and positive relationship with Eastern Market Corporation. Permitting is in the capable hands of our construction partners who have assembled many similar types of temporary installations and we’ve already had initial conversations with our local officials. Weather will always be a factor, but with container architecture that is mitigated a little because we already have a built in roof and will be able to do some initial work indoors before it even gets to the site. Besides its sustainability principles, durability, and cool design potential, this was a factor in our choice to use containers for the hotel.
The reality is that sometimes things go wrong. The trick to solving problems is staying honest, focused, adaptable, and calm. We've got that and a solid team. We're excited and ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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