This chapter presents related studies which have direct bearing on our research. It also presents different kinds of portable or folding houses and its applicability in our society. This also discusses about low cost houses which is suitable for low income families. Low cost houses are intended for fast increasing population country that prone from illegal settlers, who lived and stayed in urban places in order to work and to do other activities for survival. With the high cost of building materials, the designer is task to design a residential house with a limited budget to provide his client a decent structure with basic comforts of a house although the amount for the building is limited and low. It is therefore necessary to find ways to satisfy the needs of the client while the laws of design and structure are also observed. (Suralta, Myron A., 1999)
Because of that, our group came up with a design of folding houses which is preferably for the low- income families and in flood and typhoon prone areas in Cebu city. A Chinese researcher Ming Tang (2008) developed a folding bamboo house. These are origami inspired shelters which are temporary shelters for the earthquake victims in china. The central feature of this project is the development of a temporary shelter for the homeless people, a kinetic structure that exhibits characteristics of umbrella and folded fans. It is a self-reconstructive structure for instant installations, which, according to the changing internal requirements and site topography. These light weight folding houses can be pre- assembled, folded into small parts, and loaded into a truck for transportation (Ming Tang, 2008). Another project is an Accordion- like recover shelter. This project is sturdy, inexpensive and surprisingly of great look. It is made from food- grade recyclable polypropylene that is folded and stacked for easy transport and is easily assembled by only one person. It can be tied down to...
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