the standard ISO container or ITU (Intermodal Transport Units) is designed to be loaded and sealed intact onto container ships, railroad cars, planes, or trucks. Although there is no standard dimensions for containers the 40 ft (12 m) container is the most popular container worldwide and is typically 8 ft wide by 8'6 high. There are 18 million containers worldwide (2005) and 26% of them originate from China.
now here's the architecture
push button house
Trinity Buoy Wharf
the All Terrain Cabin
and with companies like Global Peace Containers, we can begin to think of them as both man-made and sustainable
additional reference here, here, here