Pop-up school from shipping containers
Crossboundaries’ latest installation is imagined as a fun inducing manifesto of future schools, where you can experience and imagine little glimpses of its principles. The installation is a part of the group exhibition for 2019 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale. The group exhibition contains five installations in total, all utilizing the standard shipping container module provided by the organizers.
Dubbed “INFINITY 6”, Crossboundaries’ installation takes an interlocked “X” shape, positioned on a 18x18m site. The “X” shape creates plazas of different sizes and moods and the whole structure is open and welcoming no matter which side you approach it from. This idea ripples through our vision of the future where school extends beyond its walls and becomes an open, interactive space. In the world in which education is becoming a lifelong journey, no longer limited to certain age, place or linear teaching programs, the notion of school should transform as well, to include a more flexible, improvisational and collaborative mindset.
“INFINITY 6” is a small demo of this future school vision; it’s an infrastructural beginning of a thought that can be further multiplied, added on and plugged into the existing cities.
Another, seemingly opposing trend that this installation tries to tackle concerns modularization and prefabrication as a building method – a trend that has taken off in China last several years to keep up with the growing demand.
“INFINITY 6” is a reminder that our mission as educational spaces designers constantly broadens: it should always echo the ways of the future learning and imply the active participation in cross-disciplinary conversations and trends that influence the future of schools.