How inflatable skyscrapers could help solve the problem of displaced or homeless persons.

inflatable skyscraper

From telescopes to heart stents and artificial muscles, origami has inspired all sorts of curiously innovative objects. Now a trio of Polish designers has won a major design competition for their proposal for an origami-inspired skyscraper that could be transported to a building site in folded form and then unfolded to its full height with help from a huge, built-in helium balloon.

The proposed tower might sound like something from the distant future, but it’s intended to address a problem of the here and now: providing shelter for people who have been displaced by earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters. The designers say the inflatable building, dubbed, could be lowered into place by helicopter, moored to the ground, and then quickly erected.

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