Nonprofit organization INCLUDED created this affordable and mobile community center for marginalized migrant workers in Shanghai. The center is built from shipping containers that can be transported in case its occupants are forced to move. Various configurations provide space for functions such as early childhood development, adult workshops, and community meetings, all of which are desperately needed by migrant workers.
One configuration sees four repurposed shipping containers combined to create a large classroom complete with three nook areas that can accommodate a small library, quiet play space, and a computer area. When required, the room can also be divided in two by a sliding partition. The classroom furniture, along with the room divider and cabinets, are all covered with a veneer that allows children to write or draw on them during different classes.
An outdoor play area was also designed with adaptability and creative expression in mind. Child-safe rubber covers the floor to ensure children can run around to their heart’s content, despite the dense urban environment that surrounds them. Flexible curvilinear landscape benches not only give children a chance to experiment with different forms, but also provide the perfect seating for community gatherings and other large events.
INCLUDED wants to change the fact that so little of good design, architecture, technology, and urban planning is being focused on migrant slums around the world. They are convinced that with a little extra thought, slums can become brighter, more organized, and more enjoyable places to live for those who have long been outcast by mainstream society.