An LA-based design think tank called APHIDoIDEA has an idea about how to build an environmental education center that practices what it preaches. They imagined an Environmental Center of Regenerative Research & Education — or eCORRE — Complex that would teach visitors about green ideas like solar energy and passive cooling techniques. It would have classrooms, offices, an exhibition hall and a public plaza. Here's the cool part: the building would be made of 65 shipping containers.

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The idea is to begin with containers stacked in a rectangle. Next, the designers propose elevating some containers, leaving others down low, and angling some towards and the sun. It sounds a little complicated, but the results, as imagined by the firm, are awesome.

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