Interactive Socio-Technical Practicum

Developing Smart Origami Shelters for Himachal Pradesh

Students: Sammi Chernin, WPI; Siddhartha Gadipalli, IIT; Nitin Krishna, IIT; Isamu Nakagawa, WPI; Ben Pulver, WPI; Neneh Switalla, WPI.
Advisors: Dr, Viswanath Balakrishnan, IIT; Dr. Pradeep Kumar, IIT; Dr. Stephen McCauley, WPI; Dr. Ingrid Shockey, WPI

This project applied the principles of origami to develop smart shelters that can be adapted for individuals or groups in Himachal Pradesh, India. We engaged diverse user groups, including slum residents, migratory construction workers, and trekkers in the design process to develop a versatile structure that is portable, deployable, and weather resistant. The inal product was ieldā€tested among those same user groups to produce a list of additional features and changes to make in future versions.

Project Outcomes

The full list of design changes desired for the final shelter was as follows:

  • Better sealed and stronger joints .
  • More compact when collapsed and easily transportable.
  • Integrated floor.
  • Full enclosure and lockable.
  • Improved vertical height.

Please download executive summary, report and poster for more details