Back in 2010, Tina Hovsepian introduced her innovative pop-up emergency housing, Cardborigami. Based on origami, the recycled cardboard shelter was designed in response to the increasing homeless population in the Los Angeles area. The versatile shelters can provide a dry and private place for the homeless, and they can also double as easily transportable shelters for concerts, camping, or even relaxing in the park.
Hovesepian’s origami-inspired shelter has made waves at shows like Dwell on Design, Open Borders, and the “Hobos to Street People” exhibition at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. The shelter appeals to the homeless population, as it is easy to carry when folded down, lightweight, and virtually weather proof. When extended, it can sleep two people comfortably. Its angles provide both stability and installation, blocking out the harsh sun or cold rain.
The folded cardboard prototype has inspired use beyond the initial intention of a pop-up shelter for the homeless. With painted customization on the exterior of the structure’s folds, the Cardborigami fits in seamlessly in outdoor concerts or festivals, giving attendees a place to sleep without lugging tent poles and tools.
Hovespian is still looking for an investor to help distribute the Cardborigami shelters to the homeless. Perhaps the sale of the structures to the festival-going crowd can help yield enough profit to help the charitable intentions of the company.
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