Global design practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill have created a modular pop-up classroom in response to COVID-19. Called School/House, it was inspired by its traditional single-room namesake and responds to the key challenges of density, air circulation, and flexibility in schools. The rapidly deployable classroom system addresses social distancing, health, and safety during the pandemic while also provides learning space during renovations or rapid growth. The School/House design features high ceilings, views to the outside, enhanced airflow systems, and easily sanitized finishes, as well as integrated technology for hybrid teaching and learning. As the team states, "it can be deployed rapidly on any flat surface, in both rural and urban contexts, and in multiples, should a school need to rapidly grow its footprint to give students in-person learning without compromising their health."
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