With its bright, contemporary aesthetic, this structure could pass as a hip pop-up store or café at first glance.

But it is in fact a Community Cube built by non-profit organisation INCLUDED to service the needs of Shanghai’s large and vulnerable migrant community.

The modular structure is made of refurbished shipping containers, reborn as classrooms, libraries, toilets, administrative offices and other multipurpose spaces.

Like the migrants who use them, the Community Cubes are mobile. This model provides a flexible, scalable and sustainable solution for servicing the unique needs of Shanghai’s burgeoning migrant population.

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Up to 1 in 3 people in the world live in migrant slums, crowded into the margins of big, inhospitable cities.

INCLUDED builds these community centres in the heart of migrant neighborhoods, creating a space where migrant children and their family can access useful information and support programs.


The Community Cube concept is a cost effective approach that can be replicated in new cities and countries.

INCLUDED started in Beijing and is now also active in Shanghai, Kathmandu and Dhaka, with an eventual goal of ten cities and a hundred community centres worldwide.