Sadly, widespread homelessness isn’t going away any time soon, and until society works out a larger solution, ideas are needed to improve the living conditions of people without a home right now. One such idea put forward is a cardboard-constructed pop-up shelter dubbed “Cardborigami,” which is designed to serve as a transitional shelter until a permanent home is found.
Cardborigami is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based designer Tina Hovsepian, and is said to draw inspiration from the Japanese paper-folding art of origami.
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The unit is actually produced in two iterations, with a sizable version 1.0 aimed toward humanitarian crises, while the more portable 2.0 is conceived for single-person use by the homeless. The latter model appears to be the main focus of the designer.
Cardborigami 2.0 weighs 10.5 pounds (almost 5 kg), and is finished with fire-retardant and water-resistant coatings. It folds easily, and can be erected in under a minute by one person – no assembly required.
However, the Cardborigami units only make up part of Hovsepian's approach. The designer is also planning to create the Cardborigami Outreach Center, where homeless people will learn how to use the shelter properly, in addition to receiving all the help they need to move into more permanent accommodation.
At present, Cardborigami is still in the prototype stage, and Hovsepian is seeking to collaborate with like-minded organizations and investors in order to get the project off the ground. The project is also the subject of a crowd-funding campaign on GoFundMe.
The pitch video below offers some background and shows the shelter being erected.