7 More Creative Ways to Build with Paper


Our buddies at Weburbanist do a roundup of paper houses and furniture, including a few TreeHugger favourites like the Molo Softwall, Sumer Erek's Newspaper house, and Shigeru Ban's paper shelters in Rwanda. We add a few that he missed, including David Graas' This SIde Up stools, shown above. ::Davidgraas: Furniture from Cardboard


"A cardboard house places the least demand on resources and encourages people to shift their preconceptions about the 'typical Australian house'. Many Australians enjoy camping on their holidays, easily shifting their lifestyle from the rigidity of the urban home to the freedom of the campsite.

"Being extremely low cost and transportable, the Cardboard House could be used in a wide variety of applications. You could live in one while your permanent house is being built or renovated, for emergency housing, or for short-term accommodation." ::Cardboard Houses of the Future


Shigeru Ban has built a bridge out of cardboard tubes. It's in France, half a mile from the Pont du Gard, an ancient Roman bridge; Ban says "It is a very interesting contrast, the Roman stone bridge and the paper bridge. Paper too can be permanent, can be strong and lasting. We need to get rid of these prejudices." ::Shigeru Ban Builds Bridge Out of Paper


"Mass culture is run by superficiality and ecological absurdity. Foldschool supports craftsmanship as a face-to-face approach to design and brings together product and user the closest possible.

The mindset of foldschool is to restore design to one of its original missions: to provide a product at an affordable price through a smart manufacturing process.

Foldschool is a collection of free cardboard furniture for kids, handmade by you. The ownloadable patterns can be printed out with any printer. Follow the instructions and assemble a stable piece of furniture." ::Nicola Enrico Stäubli: Foldschool


Jason Iftakhar was struck by how much waste packaging supermarkets generated. ‘My idea is about getting a big result without wasting a lot of energy,’ he says. ‘The materials and the machinery were already there, it just needed to be harnessed. It’s the perfect environment to take advantage of a system that’s already established.’ He developed a cutting tool that uses the standard supermarket packing machines to turn old boxes into simple furniture. This upcycling turns a low value item into a neat new product for the store. ::Cardboard Bench by Jason Iftakhar


Why stop with houses and furniture? Artist Chris Gilmore likes the Aston Martin DB8 so much that he built a full size one out of rubbish and calls it Pussy Galore. " By working with common, recycled items, such as cardboard and cigarette packets, Gilmour concentrates on the medium in its natural state, often preserving the original printing, tape, and labels to capture an essence of authenticity." Chris Gilmore's Cardboard Aston Martin: But is it Bulletproof?


And finally, our answer to the high cost of modern prefab, from Dystopic Horizons.

"Each inspired live/work unit is hand-crafted, and capable of magnificent views. The loft-like Cubist floorplan allows convenient interior access and customized storage solutions. Green construction and copious natural lighting and ventilation support ecologically responsible living. " "It's Not A Cardboard House, It's A Cardboard Home!"

Thanks for the idea, ::Weburbanist