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    Posted April 16, 2010 by
    Glendale, California
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     thovsepi is a recent graduate of USC and is working towards spreading the word about 'Cardborigami'. She hopes that organizations like the Red Cross will one day be able to distribute the shelters in disaster situations.
    - katie, CNN iReport producer

    I want to live in a word where there is no homelessness.


    I have always  been interested in humanitarian work and especially the homeless  situation in America and all over the world, but particularly here in  Los Angeles. I have been fascinated with Skid Row and the project I am  currently trying to launch is a portable emergency housing shelter. The  shelter I designed, called “Cardborigami”, is made of a sustainable,  lightweight, insulated and structural material: cardboard. I have gone  through many iterations of the structure which is based on the ancient  art of origami. This folding mechanism made the cardboard more even more  sturdy and structural without using more material. The major advantage  of this monocoque system is that it can be light weight and flexible  while being very strong and durable as well. I am now working on waterfroofing the structure and making it flame retardant.

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