Mobile Grid and Metalab were hired on by Coca-Cola with DEKA and NRG to design and fabricate EKOCENTER, a 20' shipping container repurposed as a market kiosk, water purification center, and source of electricity aimed at enhancing communities and empowering women entrepreneurs in socio-economically challenged countries around the world. The prototype was unveiled in South Africa with Muhtar Kent (CEO) and Condoleezza Rice. Videos can be found here: Gotas de Vida; EKOCENTER Partnership; Coca-Cola and Multi-National Companies launch EKOCENTER
Swamplot reports on the City of Houston's deployment of 17 OSHA-compliant SPACE units, placed in crucial locations such as fire stations and schools to serve as disaster response centers.
Houston is increasing its hurricane readiness with the deployment of 17 SPACE units. Metalab has equipped these shelters with a variety of essential amenities: ice- and water-distribution capacity, regriferators for medicine, and charging stations for laptops and cell phones, to name a few.
SPACE receives praise for its energy efficiency, versatility, and portability in Taflin Laylin's March 2012 article for Inhabitat. The weblog is devoted to forward-thinking design and the principles of innovation and sustainability.
View SPACE sites in a larger map A map of the locations in the city of Houston were SPACE solar powered generators are installed.
17 to go. This one is going to Nigeria, the rest will be here in Houston at Neighborhood Centers, Fire Stations, City Parks and HISD schools near you.
The Chronicle shows love for local business with a giant spread on SPACE in the January 2011 Events/News section. The piece spotlights designer Joe Meppelink of Metalab, developer Joey Romano, and Laura Spanjian, sustainability coordinator for the City of Houston.
SPACE received press on Swamplot, Houston's all-encompassing real estate weblog. The November 2010 article delves into the evolution of SPACE and how the adaptive container has been marketed and employed. The City of Houston plans to purchase 25 units as part of its disaster preparedness program.
Metalab was recognized in AIA Houston's 2009 Design Awards for the Green Development Sales Center at the Mirabeau B. at Hyde Park and Waugh, a green condiminium complex. This project was another adaptation of SPACE.
Texas Architect featured several University of Houston Green Building Component projects in its November/December 2009 edition. The article first chronicles the inception of the UHGBC and then feature press for early iterations of PV-Pod and SPACE from designers at Metalab and their student and industry collaborators.