fernando resendiz folds cardboard into a homeless shelter fernando resendiz folds cardboard into a homeless shelter
oct 29, 2013

fernando resendiz folds cardboard into a homeless shelter

fernando resendiz folds cardboard into a homeless shelter
all images courtesy of fernando resendiz




easily adapted to a range of environments, the ‘homeless shelter 20/20’ designed by fernando resendiz is a cardboard blanket that can be used by people in need of temporary or emergency shelter. there are approximately 5 million people worldwide living on the street, and in natural disasters such as the earthquake in haiti roughly 3 million people were displaced, even before the earthquake 400,000 haitians were homeless. the mobile structure can be flat-packed by one person and transported around to different locations. flexible and low-cost the folding origami home is also recyclable and can be set up in an hour by anyone who needs it.



the folding structure provides an easy to install shelter for homeless people



it is flexible and adaptable to any street environment



different formations can be constructed of the cardboard shelter



the flat-packed structure ready to be transported to a different location



the cardboard blanket flat-packed, unfolding the structure and view showing the die-cut cardboard 20/20 cm



the cardboard blanket is easy to install and only costs US10



taking a nap… do not disturb



the one person homeless shelter includes space for personal belongings



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  • would this keep them warm? or keep out the rain (for long?) it would break the wind and afford shade and that’s about it. there’s something glib about this project that’s off-putting to me. in my opinion homeless people would not benefit much from this needlessly tectonic product.

    James says:
  • Is this a joke?!
    The designer is concerned about the homeless people, so he designed a facade for cardboard blanket. Bravo.
    And costs only 10$. Can homeless people pay with their credit cards? Or you accept only cash?

    Nikola says:
  • What happens when it rains
    AND THE CARDBOARD absorbs the water and breaks down ???????????????????

    Paedra says:
  • Solution? Lol..!!

    luisEfe80 says:
  • I for one think its pretty cool, the idea about designing for people who wants to sleep on the street (not just homeless) in itself has value, yes of course ANOTHER revolutionary chair or childrens book is cool too, but a little boring for my taste. Designers can have balls too

    Gabo says:
  • Believe it or not – one of the stereotypical “blankets” seen in depictions of “the Homeless” is a simple newspaper spread over the body. I am here to tell you that it actually works! (of course not in the rain and below freezing temps – for long anyway. . . )
    This is most likely meant to be a temporary and nomadic shelter and could easily be “treated” with wax or similar substance to improve weather resistance. When inside, a person’s breath creates a a fair amount of warmth, (90F OR SO) and, as long as it is contained in the body’s vicinity, and isn’t dissipated by wind – this could mean the difference between life and death.
    The $10 price tag is probably meant to “cue” AID agency’s as to the cost/benefit ratio if they might choose to implement distribution – Not to say that people who need them “couldn’t” buy them – But as an “immediate” protection for refugees and of disaster survivors these could be air dropped by the pallet-full and used intuitively by anyone – no language instructions required – picked up and moved as circumstances change.
    I think this is a cost effective solution of value – which would tend to leave a small “environmental footprint” when no longer useful. (It could even be burned when fuel is scarce) My only “suggestion” concerning the design is to place reenforced holes around the perimeter so the cardboard could be tied together for stability in the wind (bind both sides and lay on the rope) or in any config- two plus sheets for families etc. – or even for use a a stretcher. . . I hope and pray nobody would need to use one – but that will not be the case for a while.

    Buddy says:
  • I think you people need to stop being so damn judgemental and critical. Take the design for what it is, it IS a great idea. It’s affordable and cheap, and need I mention that it doesn’t rain everywhere and all the time. Until you come up with a better idea yourselves, try to improve Fernando’s one with constructive feedback.

    Seif says:
  • this is shit! how could you play with that ?? did he think homeless people will buy that crap? do they have money to go to a design store and live happy ? this is not a solution for anything, this is offensive.
    covering something you don’t want to see. so what’s next?? ugly people mask?? make polution look hot??

    Natalia says:
  • People! Have you ever wondered why a great majority of homeless people carry around or lay on or cover themselves with cardboard? If you did then you would know why this is a great idea and not offensive or demeaning! Do some research before you comment on something. Corrugated cardboard is a great insulator. Helps retain heat when you make shelter with it, also. Homeless people don’t always sleep on the street because they want to but out of need. There are often not enough beds at shelters. Like I said, research before you speak!

    Mick says:
  • Denles una casa, una cama en un albergue al menos…¿Diseñar un prototipo de cartón para que sigan durmiendo en la calle pero con caché? Me parece una limosna como cualquier otra.

    ern says:
  • This could be made from corrugated plastic sheeting and resist the rain issue, plus it would be more durable than cardboard and if an urban camouflage pattern were screen printed on the product it could be safer for the camper.

    The Studio of Hope says:
  • Thanks for the idea! We made one and will be delivering soon.

    Denise Roussel says:

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