October 24, 2008 4:41 PM   Subscribe

Origami inspired bamboo and paper modular buildings for use as temporary shelters, by Ming Tang.
posted by Artw (17 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Just beautiful! I'd love to have a small version.
posted by The Light Fantastic at 5:29 PM on October 24, 2008

Oh those are beautiful, elegantly simple and futuristic in a tribal kind of way. So cool they are modular and they fold. wow.

MeFite Eric Gjerde is expert on origamic tesselations. Here's his origamic PC.

Another Origami inspired house and another.

I love bamboo houses, especially the open bamboo architecture of Bali or the spaciousness of longhouses of Borneo, in the jungly or townhouse
posted by nickyskye at 5:48 PM on October 24, 2008 [2 favorites]

*Borneo, jungly or townhouse.
posted by nickyskye at 5:49 PM on October 24, 2008

Neat. I love both origami (see my first FPP evar) and bamboo (I don't have FPProof of this one). But these seem a little over-engineered. It's for disasters--why not just a tripod? Or system of tripods that can connect to cover a large area?
posted by DU at 5:53 PM on October 24, 2008

Bamboo + twine + canvas (?) = real life legos, though. You could make some seriously cool stuff with some standardized connector(s) to hook all that up.
posted by DU at 6:00 PM on October 24, 2008

Most people associate the name Hoberman with toys, but he has created artistic and functional structures as well. For those who wish to pursue this stuff, I've found the term "deployable" to be a useful search term.

DSL designs planar retractable roofs.

This funky website is chock full of home-brew geodesic domes and other interesting structures.
posted by Tube at 6:37 PM on October 24, 2008 [1 favorite]

Tube, did you ever see Dome Book II? I only ever checked it out of the library and now wish I'd spent the money I didn't have back then to buy a copy. It was a wealth of domey information useful for lots of things even though the authors lost faith in it as a construction manual.
posted by localroger at 6:42 PM on October 24, 2008

Is there nothing bamboo can't do?
posted by Abiezer at 6:47 PM on October 24, 2008

Wow, that garden dome site is awesome. I've kind of lost faith in domes as well, but not lost interest. I visited a public farm (long story) this week that was building a geodesic greenhouse. I wanted to quiz them on particulars but had (what seemed like) thousands of toddlers preventing me.
posted by DU at 6:53 PM on October 24, 2008

Man, think of how cool it'll look when they evolve to being able to build 64-bit bamboo origami houses!
posted by not_on_display at 7:33 PM on October 24, 2008

Tube, did you ever see Dome Book II?

No, but I read Lloyd Kahn's book Shelter.

If I have a camera at the time and run across a dome, I'll usually take a photo.
posted by Tube at 10:36 PM on October 24, 2008

If you have a house like this, though, will there always be a flock of photoshop white birds flying overhead? Cause, you know, the droppings could be a problem.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:08 AM on October 25, 2008

Is there nothing bamboo can't do?

Absolutely nothing, as far as Hong Kongers are concerned.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 3:11 AM on October 25, 2008

These are really lovely but I have the insane urge to grab one of these houses, flex it back and forth, and predict which of the boys on the playground will marry which of the girls. (*)
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:55 AM on October 25, 2008 [2 favorites]

*Correction. That is Tomohiro Tachi's origamic laptop PC ("an ENTIRE LAPTOP PC created from one sheet of paper").

DU, Your point about maybe making a simpler design for an emergency went through my mind as well.

Funny about the toddlers. Sounds like a Gulliver experience.

Tube, whoa, those DSL designs planar retractable roofs are so beautiful! A bit like a camera aperture.
posted by nickyskye at 9:06 AM on October 25, 2008

Great post, Artw, thanks. Ming Tang's main site looks well worth exploring, too, and he has an awesome collection of links.
posted by madamjujujive at 11:45 AM on October 25, 2008

Maybe it was the backgrounds, but I saw this and instantly thought: ewoks.
posted by ericales at 9:52 PM on October 25, 2008

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