Archinect - News 2014-12-18T23:13:08-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/78386180/cardborigami-designed-to-help-the-homeless Cardborigami: Designed to Help the Homeless Justine Testado 2013-07-31T19:25:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T10:22:24-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/23/23k8pyizh8eavmbl.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Tina Hovsepian of global architecture firm <a href="http://callison.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Callison</a> was driven by the need to help homeless individuals in Los Angeles when she designed the first prototype for the "Cardborigami" shelter during her fourth year at USC's School of Architecture. Cardborigami, which has grown into a non-profit organization, provides temporary housing for the homeless as part of a process to help them gradually overcome their state of homelessness.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c3/c3hgxi4ru7z8hg47.jpg" title=""><br><br> The Cardborigami shelter balances innovative design and functionality. The application of traditional origami techniques onto cardboard gives the shelter a beautiful form. Before its modified origami form, the shelter was originally a re-design of an Air-stream trailer. "The idea is to deploy a trailer to a disaster site where mass shelter is needed, then the trailer expands to 20 times its length and twice its width to provide instant space," Hovsepian explained over email. "The form was then revised and re-scaled to fulfill its potential as a portable...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/65649783/outside-the-box-idea-to-tackle-china-s-population-problem Outside The Box Idea To Tackle China’s Population Problem Anna Johnson 2013-01-17T14:02:00-05:00 >2013-01-21T10:52:14-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1f/1fn6fcoxl9fkow8f.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In an innovative response to the current property squeeze in China, a Beijing architectural and a design firm have combined creative forces to develop a portable house and garden on the back of a tricycle. The Tricycle House and Garden is a sustainable mobile home with its design and construction inspired by the shape and movement of an accordion. The playful designed is also being described as the &ldquo;adult cardboard box fort box.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> The People&rsquo;s Architecture Office (PAO) and People&rsquo;s Industrial Design Office (PIDO) in Beijing developed the clever modular home as a single-person dwelling for those who wish to live in the city but simply cannot afford it due to increasing property prices.</p>