Project Description

Seventh-grade Green Architecture students designed a “livable space” for whatever they considered the “typical” American family using models of 4 or 5 shipping containers. First, they created a floor-plan on paper. Then they created their container home on our architectural program known as Revit. Finally, they created the model of their container home using foam board and various craft materials using the 1/4″ = 1′ scale.


The goal of the project was to create a unique, livable space using recycled shipping containers.

Content: Students had to create floor-plans and Revit renditions of their shipping container home. They had to demonstrate understanding of architectural concepts such as scale and environmentally sustainable building practices.

Culture: Students brought their own creative ideas to the table to design their shipping containers in a unique but functional style.

Social/Emotional: Each student had equal say in the vision of the project. They had to work as a team to achieve their goals. One of the goals of the project was to produce a home that promoted environmentally sustainable building practices such as the use of solar panels, geothermal heating, innovative gardening practices, taking advantage of natural lighting, etc.

Metacognition: Students had to work as a group on every part of the project. Each individual brought their own vision for the various stages of the project. They had to communicate their ideas with the group and come to a group consensus on the overall vision of the project.


Students were given foam board and access to craft materials such as popsicle sticks, toothpics, pipecleaners, tape, etc. They learned about sustainable/environmentally-friendly building practices prior to the project.

"I am happy with how the project turned out. Next semester I will set limitations on how large the projects can be by making 4 containers the maximum number used. And, I will leave more time for presentations."
— Lance Kinkaid, teacher
"The students expressed that they loved the building component of the project. The only complaints had to do with students not "pulling their weight" within a given group."
— Lance Kinkaid, teacher

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