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Cardborigami Unfolds Into a Portable Housing Shelter

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On September 23, 2010 @ 6:58 pm In Architecture,Design,humanitarian design | 5 Comments

cardborigami, emergency shelter, homeless shelter, humanitarian design, recycled cardboard, eco design [1]

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 [2] was the basis for the structure because it gave the cardboard [3] even more structure and could easily be folded down for transport.

Hovsepian has built larger pavilion type shelters as well as smaller ones for individual use, and she is currently in talks with a non-profit organization called Everyone Deserves a Roof [4] to find a manufacturer to develop the concept into a real product. Field research and testing of the current homeless shelter [5] has already occurred on Skid Row in Los Angeles. Hovespian also hopes to refine the design so it becomes waterproof, fire-retardant, more comfortable and more portable. Eventually, the shelters would be distributed through EDAR [4] to those individuals who need them.

+ Cardborigami [6]

Via PSFK [7]

Images © Cardborigami

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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2010/09/origami-ed02.jpg

[2] Origami: http://inhabitat.com/2008/10/22/origami-inspired-folding-bamboo-house-by-ming-trang/

[3] cardboard: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/21/%e2%80%9cmy-space%e2%80%9d-a-cool-new-pop-up-cardboard-playroom-for-kids/

[4] Everyone Deserves a Roof: http://www.edar.org/

[5] homeless shelter: http://inhabitat.com/2009/05/06/wheelly-sustainable-homeless-shelter/

[6] + Cardborigami: http://www.cardborigami.org/

[7] PSFK: http://www.psfk.com/2010/09/cardboard-origami-shelters-for-the-homeless-and-victims-of-natural-disaster.html

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