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Digital Origami Emergency Shelter, Sydney, Australia

Friday 02 Sep 2011

LAVA's new take on the paper lantern

Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia
All images courtesy of LAVA 
Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia Digital Origami Emergency Shelter by LAVA in Sydney, Australia
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07/09/11 David C, Sandton
I have a folder in which I store examples of absurdity, entitled "Architectural GobbledyGookSpeak". This article usurped top spot in the listing.

I can not find a single rational statement anywhere in the description of the 'project' and the design bears no relation to any need I can think of that a disaster victim might find fulfilled by this proposal. Nor will any rational person fund and implement anything like this in a real emergency.

Do these 'designers' have any concept at all of what a 'disaster area' entails and what a disaster victim might think of their suggestion that this is 'shelter from the storm'?

Part of me is laughing uncontrollably at the suggestion, the remainder is choking in shame at sharing the profession of designer with such abuse and lack of compassion as is embodied in this absurdity.
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06/09/11 C, Sydney
I'm sorry in a situation of a natural disaster i would not want to be living in a lasercut plywood shelter completely open to all the elements!
06/09/11 Twelvedegrees, Chapel Hill, NC
I might be missing the point, but this object neither looks like Origami (folded paper?), nor does it look like it could provide shelter from any type of uncomfortable weather. It also does not look like it could be packed flat (perhaps it'll lose half its height, but that's not flat-packing, is it?) nor does it look resourceful, nor digital.
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06/09/11 Noel Davidson, AIA, Architect, Fresno, CA
Based upon the limited information in this article, the structure appears elaborate for people who may have only basic survival as their immediate need.
Do people who have just been displaced by a disaster really care about individual expression?
There are so many problems with this concept it's impossible to consider as a serious solution to the stated goal.
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06/09/11 Amelia, Texas
This is not origami. Origami is the manipulation of a single plane without cutting or gluing...

Imaginative examples of emergency shelters go on display in Sydney 

In response to the thousands of people displaced by Japan’s natural disasters this year, an inspirational exhibition is taking centre stage in the Customs House forecourt in Sydney Australia from 1st-3rd September 2011. A series of architecture practices including Ateliers Jean Nouvel, PTW Architects, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer and Terunobu Fujimori have constructed inventive shelters which could potentially be used to home those affected by wide-scale disasters in an attempt to raise awareness and aid for Japan’s disaster victims.

The visuals displayed here demonstrate the full scale model from LAVA, Keystone Project Group and Staging Rentals entitled ‘Digital Origami Emergency Shelter’. Taking inspiration from the Japanese Metabolist movement’s idea of prefabricated capsules as living space, the modest volume is highly adaptable and can be shipped to disaster areas as a flat pack, cut out of local plywood, or dropped off by helicopter.

In reference to the flexible nature of the space, LAVA explains: “The project plays with ideas of prefabrication and personalised inhabitation, as well as stacking of multiple units, while giving an opportunity for individual expression.” Part of the resourceful design includes the ability to construct the unit using a variety of materials, including wood, cardboard and newspaper. The completed shelter offers enough sleeping space for two adults and one child, with a small amount of additional living space for eating, reading etc. Light will be provided via battery or solar powered LED bulbs which LAVA suggests will transform the volume ‘into a lantern, a sign of hope’.

The exhibition will also be on display at Sydney College of the Arts during the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival (www.sydneyarchitecturefestival.org) which runs from 20th -30th October.

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