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Methodology for Using Origami in Designing Deployable Shelters

Methodology for Using Origami in Designing Deployable Shelters


1) T.A./Samar Hossam ElDin Ahmed Abd ElWadoud  2) Prof.Dr./Ahmed Samir Kamel Ali,

 3) Prof.Dr./ Wael Raafat Mahmoud Helal


1) Teaching Assistant, at Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt.

2) Professor of Residential Interior Design, at Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt.

3) Professor of Environmental Design, at Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Egypt.


 Origami the ancient art of paper folding has a great effect now, not only on the form generation process but also in the development of deployable mechanisms and mimicking the folding systems in nature especially with the great progress in the geometry of folding and computer simulation of the folding process. So, it gains a great interest in the field of adaptive architecture, designing open spaces and product design, as it is a source of inspiration for designing configurable structures useful for shed systems that can adapt with the changes in the surrounding climate conditions, people’s needs and other surrounding environmental changeable conditions. Also, in the design of deployable products that could be packed easily in small spaces and get deployed when needed to save space and solve the contemporary problems of small multi-functional spaces. In this research, we try to suggest a methodology for designers to get benefit from this art in their designing process, depending on four main sections which are.

 1- Literature review on the pioneers of this art & case studies on the application of it in design in the field of architecture, interior design and product design. 2- The basics of the geometry of folding. Basic terms, common folds and famous folding patterns have been briefly explained, as it is important to be familiar with the basics of folding to work fluently and quickly. 3- Computer programs that help in simulating the process of folding, this section provides highlights on the simulation of the folding process with computer programs specialized in such issues. Three chosen programs have been discussed which are Origamizer, Origami Editor 3D and Rhino + Grasshopper (plug-in) + Kangaroo or/and Crane (add-ons). 4- Methods of fabrication of foldable structures. Four fabrication methods for static folded structures and kinematic deployable structures have been discussed.

Research problem:

  • The need for a clear methodology for designers for applying the concept of origami in design, especially for deployable shelters.


  • Clarifying the concept of origami in design.
  • Suggesting a methodology with clear steps to get benefit from origami in the design of shelters.

Importance of the research:

  • Give a gestalt view of what is origami, its origins and its potentials as a design concept in generating design ideas.
  • Guiding designers in the design process of inspiring from origami without having previous deep knowledge about it.


  • Computer has great potentials in multidisciplinary work, especially after the invention of new computer programs that depends on algorithms in generating design solutions.
  • To innovate in the field of design you have to get a general view of neighbour sciences and don’t just staying in the centre of your field.
  • To reach new designs inspired by origami, it is important to be familiar with basics of paper folding, learning computer programmes that simulate folding process and the suitable fabrication methods for such applications.

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At 10:01pm on July 3, 2020, coca mary said…

I really like it when people come together and share ideas. Great blog, I will often read it. Please update! 

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