Once the winds die down, the ground stops shaking and the dust begins to settle, a disaster may yet get worse if critical infrastructure was destroyed during the event.

Hence the need for something ultra-portable, very lightweight and easy to assemble, like this Origami Shelter system by Doowon Suh.

Like a Bankers Box (or piece of paper pre-folded for an origami project, these slim triangle-and-rectangle composites flip and slide into new stable configurations on the fly.

They can be deployed in various configurations, partitioning indoor space or forming outdoor structures. While they may not make for long-term housing or support structures, they could be a great idea for first-responder architecture.