Origami-Style Portable Shelter

Portable shelters are very important to the world around us, particularly in times of great need. We have discussed this topic at length in this blog due to the number of catastrophic natural disasters that have occurred over the last few years. Earthquakes, tsunamis and other such events have caused the topic of portable shelters to come up more and more frequently. People are losing their homes and they need a place to stay – also, volunteers need places to stay in these countries. With all of this need for shelters, more and more innovation is being introduced into the field on a regular basis.

This week, a story from Inhabitat has a stunning project from an architecture student – Cardborigami, which is a mixture of the words cardboard and origami. According to the article, this project was designed by Tina Hovespian, a graduate of the University of Southern California Stevens Institute for Innovation. The Carborigami shelter is made out of recycled cardboard and expands into a shelter big enough for two people to sleep in. The prject was designed not so much for disaster relief but for homeless looking for a roof over their heads:

“During Hovsepian’s time at school she explored architectural skins and came up with the idea to design a cheap, transportable emergency housing shelter specifically for the homeless. After many iterations and design ideas, she settled on using recycled cardboard as the material because it was inexpensive, lightweight, sustainable, naturally insulated and had structural properties. Origami was the basis for the structureorigami-ed01 because it gave the cardboard even more structure and could easily be folded down for transport.”

Further plans for this project include improving the design to be fire retardant, waterproof and easier to transport. If the project gets more funding, non profit group Everyone Deserves a Roof will distribute the shelters to those who need them.