Deploying Shipping Containers for Innovative Living Architecture Design Education

Academic training and investigation for innovative living architecture demands educational settings be conceptual, experiential, and cost effective. To assist, we advance the idea that shipping containers offer an acceptable setting for faculty and students investigating kinetic forms of living architecture and opportunities for reflective thinking. Described here are three separate, uncoordinated academic engagements exploring moving, sliding and mobile green roofs and walls on shipping containers that occured in the design studio, field laboratory, and public setting. When collectively viewed, the outcomes of the projects indicate a positive use of shipping containers as conceptual and participatory spaces for living architecture education and innovation.