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A Focus on Sustainable Building in Providence, R.I. Two architects in Providence, R.I., contained their plans and found new reasons to recommit themselves to their city along the way.

By Margaret Littman

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When architect and developer Peter Gill Case hired architect Joe Haskett at his Providence, R.I., firm, truth box, in 2008, the pair had plans to build sustainable office buildings. But as the economy slowed, they found there wasn't a market for new office space, green or otherwise, on the scale they had intended.

Graduates of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the pair shifted their thinking by using prefabricated shipping containers as their medium. They built 12 energy-efficient office units, 11 of which are currently leased.