• Created by researchers at the University of Notre Dame, the structures are easy to transport, energy efficient, and can be set up by a handful of soldiers in half an hour.
  • "The principles of origami allow rigid structures to fold, so not only are they more energy-efficient than canvas tents, but they can also be easily transported," says Ashley Thrall, who leads the project. "In fact, the structure that we built is the first rigid-wall shelter that is air liftable."
  • The team is currently developing control systems for heating and cooling to reduce energy consumption. This, alongside the efficient structure of the buildings, could save the military millions of dollars every year.

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