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Origami inspires design of cardboard home for street people in Italy
AFP/Yahoo ^ | Tue Nov 2,11:55 AM ET

Posted on 11/02/2004 2:52:20 PM PST by martin_fierro

Origami inspires design of cardboard home for street people in Italy

Tue Nov 2,11:55 AM ET

ROME (AFP) - Students at a Rome design school, inspired by origami, have come up with a folding cardboard home for use by street people, the Quasar Institue said.

Photo AFP/File Photo

The relatively lightweight "living box", easy to stow when folded, is made without scissors or glue, Quasar institute director Orazio Carpenzano told AFP, adding that multiple copies would be donated to Caritas and the Sant'Egidio Community, two Catholic charities.

"Obviously this is not a long-term response to the problem of street people," he said. "It just limits the damage, like handing out condoms in populations at risk of contracting AIDS (news - web sites)."

Costing around 12 euros (15 dollars), the structure is a long rectangular box big enough to lie down in and tall enough for a child of three to stand in.

The upper surface is inclined, and there is a panel at one end that substitutes for a door.

Cardboard was chosen for its flexibility and a capacity for insulation that is "more effective than a blanket," Carpenzano said.

Sant-Egidio estimates that between 5,000 and 6,000 are homeless in Rome, which has only 2,000 beds in shelters. "The problem is under control compared with Paris or New York, but even one homeless person is a problem," said Sant'Egidio's Guglielmo Tuccinei.

"It's an interesting idea with which to approach those who, for one reason or another, have trouble leaving the street," said Roberta Molina of Caritas Rome.

The cardboard house can also be used for play by children or as a "second skin for those with a wanderer's soul," Carpenzano said.


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An elderly man takes a nap in a cardboard box on a street in Hong Kong. Students at a Rome design school, inspired by origami, have come up with a folding cardboard home for use by street people, the Quasar Institue said.(AFP/File/Peter Parks)

1 posted on 11/02/2004 2:52:20 PM PST by martin_fierro
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2 posted on 11/02/2004 2:54:05 PM PST by martin_fierro (VOTED!)
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To: martin_fierro

Wait'll ya see the origami shopping cart!


3 posted on 11/02/2004 2:55:25 PM PST by pipecorp ("never know where you're going till you get there." the philosopher Insectus Harem)
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To: martin_fierro

Fung shui for the homeless. It's about damned time!


4 posted on 11/02/2004 2:57:35 PM PST by annyokie ("I have a plan" ô)
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To: martin_fierro

Didn't the French hand out origami fans prior to their deadly heatwave last year?


5 posted on 11/02/2004 2:58:25 PM PST by ScottM1968
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To: martin_fierro

What a great idea--when they die of exposure, overdose, etc. you can use it as a coffin.


6 posted on 11/02/2004 3:00:26 PM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: martin_fierro

Italy is great for stylish designs.


7 posted on 11/02/2004 3:54:51 PM PST by xp38
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To: martin_fierro

An elderly man takes a nap in a cardboard box ...
ET hasn't aged gracefully...


8 posted on 11/02/2004 6:16:41 PM PST by exmoor
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To: martin_fierro

And they're working on the portable origami potty, too!

:-}


9 posted on 11/02/2004 7:53:42 PM PST by Norski
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To: martin_fierro
Nice, I guess, but it's no Calatrava....


10 posted on 11/02/2004 8:04:40 PM PST by Watery Tart (I donít do nuance -- GW Bush)
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