BBox Radio is a Shipping Container Radio Station in Brooklyn’s Dekalb Market

by , 06/21/11

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Back in March, we reported that a sustainable shipping container market will be popping up in Downtown Brooklyn this summer. Now that summer is here, the temporary market is underway and vendors are beginning to plan out their shops. The market organizers hosted ‘The Not Just A Container‘ contest to solicit community ideas for one of the containers, and just last week, BBox Radio was announced as the winner. Led by Donna Zimmerman, the BBox radio crew have won the chance to transform a shipping container at the Dekalb Market into a Brooklyn-centric community radio station.

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The main purpose of the “Not Just a Container” competition was to support growing creativity within the Brooklyn community, by helping artists and entrepreneurs create a physical representation of their artistic vision. The artists in turn, raise awareness of the Dekalb Market, while promoting recycling and environmental sustainability principles through the use of shipping containers.

The judges based their decision on design quality, sustainability, community impact, and entrepreneurship. The artists had a chance to let their imaginations run wild, are were allowed to create a space for things an art installation, store, restaurant, or a sport or music venue. The contest was sponsored by the Urban Space Management, the organization behind Dekalb Market.

The BBox concept was created to form a public radio venue for the community, for the purpose of  documenting the local culture, spread the word about local small businesses, and to provide a studio where artists can be promoted and showcase their talents. The container will house a studio, a fold out performance platform, a lounge area, a podcast listening station, and a small gift shop.

Taking a shipping container and creating an entire art venue is not only ingenious, but a powerful statement on how recyclable things can be created to form powerful socially conscious art, that can benefit the community. Hopefully, the idea spreads to other communities and revitalizes art all over the boroughs. The shipping containers are already moving in, and more vendors have been announced on Dekalb Market’s website. So far, Robicelli’s Cupcakes, cookie and dougnut maker Cuzin’s Duzin, Nile Valley Juice and Vegan Food, Mazie’s Health Soul Food, Joe the Art of Coffee, and Filipino food vendor Maharlika will all be taking up shop, along with retailers 3rd Ward, Dalaga, and Daga Antiques.

Any avid Inhabitat reader knows our love of shipping container architecture, so we will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of Dekalb Market!

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  1. ArtBloc June 24, 2011 at 7:19 pm
    This looks great - we're doing a kinda similar thing out at Far Rockaway, called "ArtBloc" ...making a mobile performance space and art gallery from two shipping containers: Our Kickstarter page: Love to see what you guys are doing !
  2. dozi June 24, 2011 at 3:36 pm
    BBox Radio is now accepting submissions for shows! Get right to it at Come visit us at Dekalb Market in late July. We're working hard now on transforming our shipping container. And stay tuned with Facebook and Twitter: Love, Donna and the BBox Team