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The Origami-Inspired Folding Bamboo House

Posted By Jorge Chapa On October 22, 2008 @ 9:45 am In Architecture,Eco Textiles,Prefab Housing,San Francisco,Sustainable Materials | 13 Comments

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Ming Tang’s beautiful origami-inspired Folded Bamboo Houses [2] are intended to be used as temporary shelters [3] in the aftermath of an earthquake. Brilliant in their simplicity, the geometric shelters [4] are constructed from renewable materials and can be folded into a variety of structurally sound shapes. Their elegant design was recently honored as a notable mention in this year’s Re:Construct [5] competition sponsored by San Francisco’s Urban Re:Vision [6]


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Ming Tang came up with the idea for his Folding Houses [2] after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck central China last May, killing 69,000 people. Upon learning that the Chinese government planned to create up to 1.5 million temporary homes, he decided to design a shelter that was easily produced, cheap and environmentally friendly. His geometric folding houses are beautiful, dynamic, and can adapt to respond to the needs of different situations.

The concept utilizes a system of bamboo poles that are pre-assembled into rigid geometric shapes. The geometry of these forms provides each structure’s integrity, allowing a range of lightweight modular structures [7] to be quickly assembled in factories and transported to their destination. Once constructed, the shelters are then covered by using post and pre-consumer recycled paper.

+ Folded Bamboo House [2]

+ Re:construct [5]

+ Urban Re:Vision [6]


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

[2] Folded Bamboo Houses: http://www.urbanrevision.com/results_construct_foldedbamboo.php

[3] temporary shelters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/09/03/matthew-malone-recovery-shelter/

[4] geometric shelters: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/25/ecoshack-nomad-yurt/

[5] Re:Construct: http://www.urbanrevision.com/results_construct_main.php

[6] Urban Re:Vision: http://www.urbanrevision.com/

[7] modular structures: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/10/bloxes-modular-cardboard-building-system/

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