Container Contest

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The Not Just A Container contest winner was announced last night at the Mad Sq. EATS Market. With the boombox booming and laughs for days, BBox Radio won the Not Just A Container contest.
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Come see us at the Mad. Sq. EATS Market, Wed. May 11th from 6-9pm for the announcement of the Not Just A Container contest winner! Who’s it gonna be? Eckart Graeve’s Bike Box, Donna Zimmerman’s BBox Radio, Craig Shillitto’s Market Share, Alex Fortney’s Produce Stand, or Christopher Kiernan’s Zoko?? The carefully selected panel of judges have chosen the winner BUT we’re not saying a peep till TONIGHT!! Read More



Spread the word! We are happy to announce that the judges have chosen the top 5 finalists. In no particular order they are as follows: Donna Zimmerman-BBox Radio, Craig Shillitto-Market Share, Eckart Graeve-Bike Box, Alex Fortney-Produce Stand, and Christopher Kieran-Zoko. Congratulations! Visit our facebook page to view the top 5 submissions and help the judges pick a winner. We’d like to thank the judges for their selections and all the contestants for your hard work and creativity. We will soon feature the top 27 entries on our blog in order to slowly induce lots of oohhh’s and aahhh’s. They really do rock!


Wow! What a great turn out. We have received an enormous amount of such innovative ideas and are super excited to see the end result. The effort and creativity of the entries are simply amazing and the Dekalb Market would be honored to house such star entrepreneurship! Leave it up to the creative minds to turn a steel box into a living, breathing work of art! The entries are now en route to the judges for the selection of the top 5 and will be posted on our Facebook page open to public “liking”. So, get your thumbs up ready! Thanks again to all the contestants and good luck! Stay tuned for more updates!


We’ve been remiss in not reporting on one of our favorite food-market projects to hit this city in years, one of those Big Ideas like Brooklyn Flea or New Amsterdam Market. That’s Dekalb Market, which is headed to the downtown Fulton Mall on the old Albee Square mall spot in downtown Brooklyn this summer. It’s a joint project from Urban Space (they run all those outdoor holiday markets, like one next to the Greenmarket in Union Square) and the real estate development company Youngwoo & Associates.

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This summer in downtown Brooklyn, something exciting is happening. The Dekalb Market, housed in a collection of repurposed shipping containers, will open in the Fulton Mall. Creative entrepreneurs will be brought together at this destination that will include an incubator farm, food market, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces, not to mention events and a performance venue. As if that weren’t exciting enough, Urban Space is presenting the Not Just a Container contest — a competition to come up with the most creative and innovative use for a shipping container.

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Later this summer, a new (pretty progressive) retail and food market called Dekalb Market will open in Downtown Brooklyn as part of a megaproject Citypoint. Last week Curbed wrote about their unusual shipping container setup, but today we learn about the vendor details. The vendors will be divided into four main categories—makers, artists, farmers, and chefs—and vendors already include Joe the Art of Coffee, Robicelli’s, Cuzin’s Duzin, Nile Valley Juice, Mazie’s, and East Village Filipino pop-up Maharlika.

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Mixed-use Downtown Brooklyn megaproject Citypoint recently announced a plan to tide eager shoppers over until the debut of the project’s first phase: a shipping container mall. Today Eater has some more intel on what will actually be inside Dekalb Market. There will four categories of vendors—makers, artists, farmers, and chefs—as well as an “incubator farm” run by local farmers and meant to be educational for the community. The mall’s official site also announces a contest, with the rent and construction budget for one container going to whoever can imagine the best reuse for it. Meanwhile, competitor the Brooklyn Flea is prepping for its Williamsburg expansion next month, Brownstoner reports. With all this going on, we might totally forget about Citypoint.



‘Not Just a Container’ challenges the design and business communities to transform shipping containers into creative and useful spaces for Brooklyn’s newest retail environment

Brooklyn, NY (March 9, 2011) — Urban Space presents ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’, a citywide competition for entrepreneurs to re-imagine empty shipping containers for use in a retail environment. The winning design will be built at Urban Space’s new Dekalb Market, a sustainable retail and community hub scheduled to open in Downtown Brooklyn in early summer.

Housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, Dekalb Market will include an incubator farm, a space for events and performances, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces. Urban Space aims to support the growth of Brooklyn’s best creative entrepreneurs by offering them an affordable retail alternative to a traditional storefront.

“By utilizing this unused piece of land we’re creating a central location in Brooklyn for commerce, music, art and design, as well as a functioning green space for people in the neighborhood to enjoy,” says Eldon Scott, President of Urban Space. “We are excited to utilize this competition to showcase the game-changing ideas that continue to emerge out of the borough of Brooklyn.”

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Urban Space presents ‘NOT JUST A CONTAINER’, a competition to uncover the most creative and innovative use for a shipping container to be located in a downtown Brooklyn retail location.

Geared towards the design and emerging entrepreneurial community, “NOT JUST A CONTAINER” is a competition to re-imagine a recycled shipping container as shelter for art, commerce or agriculture.

The winner will build his/her concept at Dekalb Market, a new community destination coming to downtown Brooklyn’s Fulton Mall Early Summer. Dekalb Market, housed in a collection of salvaged shipping containers, will bring together Brooklyn’s creative entrepreneurs in a community setting that will include an incubator farm, food market, events and performance venue, and a collection of eateries and work-sell spaces.


The goal of the competition is to support the growth of Brooklyn’s creative community by helping a local entrepreneur realize his or her dream of opening a bricks and mortar location and to raise awareness of the Dekalb Market.

In the spirit of the Dekalb Market, Contestants will be judged on the following:

KEY CRITERIA. Design Quality, Sustainability, Community Impact, and Entrepreneurship.

SUGGESTIONS. Uses for the space could be, but are not limited to: a farm structure, store, art installation, work-sell space, restaurant, sports and music venue.

PRIZES. Our winner will be awarded with a container license (work/sell space) rent free for six months,  $3K design/construction budget and free consultation, select construction materials from Green Depot, one year membership to 3rd Ward, one year membership to the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, press exposure and online feature at

SCHEDULE. Your entry deadline is April 9, 2011 11:59pm EST. Construction will start at the Market opening date. The five top finalists, selected on April 19, 2011 by our panel of architects, designers, artists, media partners and entrepreneurs, will be featured on the Dekalb Market Facebook page for public voting until April 30th. On May 1, 2011, Urban Space will announce the winner according to the tallied public votes on its Facebook page.

CONTAINER SPECS. Designs must conform to an 8’ wide by 20’ long by 9.5’ high ISO steel shipping container. Second and third prizes may be awarded to conceptual entries but 1st prize will be awarded to a buildable entry. External interventions, depending upon specifics, may or may not be possible to implement on site.

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