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Little Tiger Covid Classroom

Little Tiger Covid Classroom

Murray Legge Architecture

An affordable and easy-to-build classroom for moving education outdoors
  • Location

    Austin, USA
  • Year

  • Status

  • Theme

    Sustaining activities and services
  • Sub-theme

    Moving activities outdoors

Case Description

During the pandemic, crowded activities became unsafe and many schools had to temporarily close their doors. In response, The Little Tiger Chinese Immersion School of Austin decided to move their activities outdoors, and reached out to Murray Legge Architecture to offer a solution for this. The architects designed a temporary structure that cost less than $6000 USD and that takes about a week to build. The structure was designed to also deal with weather conditions, in particular to shelter the children from the intense Texas sun. The structure is not only used for giving classes, but is also “very popular with the children who use it as a play structure when the classroom is not in use.”

Relation to Resilience

The temporary outdoor classroom allowed for the the Little Tiger school to keep providing their educational services. Keeping schools open is crucial for children’s learning as well for them to meet their peers and teachers, which is crucial for their social and emotional development. In turn, enabling children to go to school allows parents to continue their work rhythms and keep other services up and running.