Interview With David Campbell, Boxman Studios

Smack in the middle of the Opportunity Green 2010 conference this year was a nice little coffeeshop complete with couches, an area with barstools, and a full music and video system – open to the Southern California air and sunshine. A closer look revealed the whole thing to be a flayed out shipping container, handily plopped on the spot. As a big fan of shipping container architecture and innovative reuse in general, I admit to going out of my way to grab coffee at the “Box” rather than at other locations.

The company that produces the cafe – actually a concept called a “mobile hospitality unit” is Boxman Studios of North Carolina. The idea is simple – turn used shipping containers into all sorts of useful small buildings that serve a temporary purpose.

I had a chance to sit down with David Campbell, the founder of the company, who told me more. (Apologies for the atrocious sound problems in a few places!)

Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit. has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. It was acquired in 2017 by 3BLMedia, the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He also worked for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.