Not all containers are the same
That kids go to school in containers while their ordinary school building is being renovated is not uncommon. Sometimes for several semesters. But what can you do? Old buildings need to be renovated, which often takes more time than a summer break, and children still need to learn where they live.
This is where creative containers come in. The Pop-Up City led me to this, and the Slovenian architecture Jure Kotnik’s book Container Architecture, which shows what you can do with these temporary structures to make them nicer and more inspiring. Just compare going to school in this:
To going to school in this:
I know what I would choose.
The same goes for large scale construction sites in urban areas where the containers will stand for years. Having something like this:
Is much nicer than this:
Making better use of containers will improve a child’s school experience or a city’s public space and make the most out of something that isn’t great to start with, and that can’t cost much due to its ephemeral and practical nature but that has to be there.