If they’ve already paved paradise and put up a parking lot, an innovative way to use a vacant lot or urban space in decay is to introduce an old shipping container. We’ve noticed container shops and restaurants popping up from San Francisco to London to Christchurch, New Zealand. The mall of the future, it seems, is one that brings resourceful architecture and small businesses together. Here are 10 of our favorite uses of castoff containers.
N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on April 23, 2014.