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The use of transportables at schools is at least 60 years old.
On site, the transportables are connected by glass-canopied walkways that are aesthetically appealing.
Within this type of scheme, transportables leapfrog beyond their current status as odd, ad hoc appendages and become instead a part of a coherent complex of educational facilities that respond flexibly to community and neighborhood dynamics.
Transportable classrooms are the ugly ducklings of learning environments.
The transportable may become a provocative learning environment in ways that few bricks-and-mortar buildings can.
A transportable site might begin as one format for a compact elementary school, then, when the neighborhood student population declines, it would be reconfigured into, for instance, an urban science center's satellite facility, a community center, or a performing-arts facility.

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