[Tagging] Moveable objects tagged as building=*

Martin Koppenhoefer dieterdreist at gmail.com
Tue Dec 16 14:33:00 UTC 2014

2014-12-16 14:44 GMT+01:00 John Willis <johnw at mac.com>:
> Semi temporary buildings are usually called portables. Schools I have been
> to in the US will have them in place for several years, though they lack a
> foundation and can be moved away whole or in sections as a truck trailer -
> similar to a mobile home.

What I get from a google image search for portable building all looks
perfectly fine as building in OSM:

Not sure if "portable" is a nice building type for OSM, I'd see this more
as an attribute and use something like "cabin" or "hut" or "shed" (or
whatever it is) to describe the typology (in terms of function and
structure / aspect / image).

You can find examples for temporary buildings also in looking at the
designs for emergency shelter, eg.

complete concrete shelter put up in one day:
(this will be quite permanent due to the nature of concrete)

the opposite, a light-weight structure:

this one is more like a tent, but if it sits there for years...

african style:

Who wouldn't call this a house (it's made of shipping containers):

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