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Building temporary structures outdoor to continue group or generally crowded activities safely
  • Year

  • Status

    Not realised
  • Theme

    Sustaining activities and services
  • Sub-theme

    Moving activities outdoors

Case Description

During the Covid-19 crisis, crowded activities or services became unsafe. The architecture team from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill suggested an alternative solution to indoor school classes. They propose a modular and temporary structure outdoor, which allows for education to take place in safer settings. “One School/House consists of 7 foldable, flat-packed panels, allowing minimal assembly time. The design allows for ceilings as high as 20′, or double the size of a typical modular classroom. Unlike traditional modular classrooms, School/Houses can be deployed and assembled on roofs and terraces of urban schools. Each School/House measures 36’x42′ and accommodates a class size of 25 at a 6’ distance to satisfy CDC criteria for social distancing, or up to 50 students at a typical classroom density.”

Relation to Resilience

The design enables schools to maintain their educational activities in a way that adheres to Covid-related restrictions. By keeping schools open, children can follow or restart their daily school rhythms, all the while connecting with their friends and staying on track in education.


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