Reversible weatherHYDE tent saves lives in extreme weather

December 6, 2017 by  
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Riots in India left nearly 9,000 families homeless in 2013. Winter hit, and around 30 children perished because of the cold. Prasoon Kumar had recently quit his job as an architect to start billionBricks , a design studio dedicated to solving homelessness, and decided to create the reversible weatherHYDE shelter to protect people from harsh weather . Inhabitat spoke with Kumar about how the tent empowers people – read on to hear what he had to say. As an architect, Kumar noticed homes for the poor were often designed and constructed so poorly no one wanted to live in them. He co-founded billionBricks to pursue quality design that would actually help people climb out of poverty , and came up with weatherHYDE, an all-weather shelter one person can set up in around 15 minutes without tools. Five people can sleep inside. The tent is reversible: one side reflects sun to cool inhabitants in summer; the other traps body heat to keep them warm in winter. There’s even a locking mechanism to afford some safety. Related: 3D-printed pod homes for the homeless could hang from NYC buildings Four principles guided the design of weatherHYDE, targeted for people in southeast Asia . First, Kumar said they viewed the homeless not as beneficiaries, but as consumers. “We were not designing something to give to them but something they would want. Then this whole idea of us being superior and them being inferior who need to be helped is not there,” he told Inhabitat. Second, billionBricks had to provide a product not simply for individuals but entire families. Women with young children often have to shower, change clothes, and sleep on the streets, and blankets just don’t cut it. Third, the tent had to offer heat inexpensively. And finally, the team wanted the recipients to pay for the product somehow, granting a sense of ownership. 15 families received the weatherHYDE in a successful New Delhi pilot project. Kumar told Inhabitat, “I went back after a month to the first family we gave to and they had set it up as their home, including a small bed inside and a few paintings. I had never imagined that a weatherHYDE would be a home. And this lady came to me and said, ‘This is my first home ever. I was born on the streets, I got married on the streets, my one-year-old kid was born on the streets too, and we’ve never had a home.’” In India, billionBricks offers donor matching because many people there generally can’t afford the full price of the tent, allowing the organization to sell them for $35 to $40. They don’t do donor matching in the United States and Canada, but if a homeless person can’t afford the full price of the tent, $199, billionBricks helps with fundraising, although a person must raise the money themselves. People interested in helping can purchase a tent right on the weatherHYDE website without waiting for a NGO or government to take action. “We have decentralized the whole system of helping the homeless and empower everybody in the world to take action.” Not just the homeless, but campers have been interested too, and can purchase a tent for recreational use for $299 here . Kumar said, “It kind of proves the point that if you don’t design something poorly for the poor, everybody would want it.” billionBricks isn’t stopping with the weatherHYDE. They’re working on a larger version to meet United Nations regulations for refugee housing , along with a showerHYDE to provide refugees with privacy while showering or changing clothes. They’re also working on versions better suited to other climates — like in Africa. They’re also developing the powerHYDE, solar homes that generate more than enough energy to power the dwelling, enabling residents to sell the excess. weatherHYDE is holding a design competition right now until January 7,2018 to personalize a tent. An artist will paint the winning design on one tent for the designer and one for the homeless. It costs $25 to enter; you can do so here . + weatherHYDE + weatherHYDE Design Competition + billionBricks Images copyright billionBricks

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These tiny houses help minimum wage workers become homeowners in Detroit

June 7, 2017 by  
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Detroit, Michigan, may have one of the highest rates of poverty in all metro cities in the U.S., but a new initiative launched by local non-profit Cass Community Social Services (CCSS) aims to make it easier for low-income individuals to escape lower class living. The organization is constructing 25 tiny homes which will house tenants who don’t have the funds to rent their own living quarters or purchase a home. Homeless people, students, and low-income seniors will be given priority. A fundraiser was kicked off last week when CCSS invited the public to tour six completed tiny homes . Located in the two vacant blocks between the Lodge and Woodrow Wilson Street, each home will have a unique exterior, and will range in size from 250 to 400 square feet. The development will also be in walking distance to popular social, education, recreational and health services at Cass’ main campus. Said Cass’ executive director, Reverend Faith Fowler, “The structures are being built with the permission of the city, and with the help of professional tradespeople and volunteers . The project is using a rent-to-own model, with rental prices set at $1 per square foot, meaning that a 300-square-foot house would cost $300 in rent per month. Each will have its own basic furnishings and appliances, but no bedroom — so they are not meant for families.” Potential tenants need to meet low-income eligibility requirements and go through an interview and selection process. Rent is capped at no more than one-third of their monthly wages and after a maximum period of seven years, they will officially own the house . The cost of utilities is expected to run around $35 per month. The initiative is applaudable, but there is a catch: tenants are required to attend financial coaching and home maintenance classes once a month. Related: Tiny house startup Getaway to launch off-grid tiny homes in NYC this weekend “It’s good for everybody. It’s good for the environment , as tiny homes have a small carbon footprint. It’s good for the renter to become homeowners because [they will someday have] an asset. It’s good for the neighborhood because 25 more lots will be filled with people and repopulated. It’s good for the city because they’ll become taxpayers. It’s good for the larger community, especially the homeless community, to see that somebody who used to be homeless now is a stakeholder in our neighborhood. So it’s really good on so many levels, and we’re excited about it,” said Fowler. As TreeHugger reports , the tiny house project is primarily funded by private donations and foundations, including the Ford Motor Fund, the RNR Foundation, and the McGregor Fund. Cass’ ultimate goal is to help revitalize the surrounding area. Because there are over 300 vacant properties within a one-mile radius, the non-profit envisions rehabilitating unoccupied buildings for low-income residents and operating on the same rent-to-own basis. Via TreeHugger Images via CassCommunity WordPress , Cass Community Facebook

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Hudson River Housing: How to build resilient communities

November 4, 2016 by  
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From shelter to job training: Elizabeth Celaya talks about the work of the Hudson River Housing Inc. to effectively serve the homeless in Poughkeepsie.

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Why we must design as if we’re part of nature

November 4, 2016 by  
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The bad news: We only have a few decades left to shift to regenerative design. But there’s good news too.

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Tennessee bag ladies recycle 52,000 plastic bags to help the homeless

September 25, 2016 by  
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  A church group from Tennessee has transformed over 52,000 plastic grocery bags into sleeping mats that keep the homeless population warm and dry at night. The group formed in 2015 when their congregation learned that homeless members of the community were being forced to sleep along the soggy banks of the Mississippi River. Read on to learn about the fascinating process they use to transform waste plastic into usable yarn.

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Nebraskan volunteers weave thousands of plastic bags into mats for the homeless

November 30, 2015 by  
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In an endearing endeavor combining human compassion and recycling everyday items , an Omaha, Nebraska, church hosts plastic bag weaving events to create durable mats for homeless people in the area. One woman in particular has woven hundreds of mats, using over 70 years of quilting experience to get the job done. Read the rest of Nebraskan volunteers weave thousands of plastic bags into mats for the homeless

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Sheltersuit is a transforming coat that becomes a sleeping bag to provide shelter to the homeless

November 11, 2015 by  
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When the fun and games are over at a music festival, there is a ton of trash left behind. Now, abandoned festival tents may find a new life as shelter for the homeless. Called the Sheltersuit, each suit is made out of a tent and acts as a warm coat during the day and transforms into a sleeping bag for protection from the elements at night. READ MORE >

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India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

November 11, 2015 by  
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As the Earth continues to warm, climate experts are on the lookout for events that could push the Earth past its crucial limits. One of the most concerning thresholds is the 2 degree increase in global temperatures (measured in Celsius), which represents the gateway to dangerous warming. Right now, climate scientists are concerned India’s continued greenhouse gas emissions growth could be the thing that tips the scales. Critics say India hasn’t enacted tough enough standards for emissions, but the country’s leaders claim financial restraints are making it difficult to keep up with green technology. Read the rest of India’s growing emissions could push Earth over dangerous warming point

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Amber-tinted glass clads Gienchke’s extraordinary concert hall in Latvia

November 11, 2015 by  
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Jetpack daredevils fly over Dubai alongside a massive AirbusA380 plane

November 11, 2015 by  
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Say #HelloJetman. In a rare spectacle far above the city of Dubai, two men flew with jetpacks alongside the world’s largest passenger aircraft . Some 4,000 feet above the city skyline, the air show paired Jetman Dubai and Emirates Airlines in a planned stunt which has the internet abuzz with virtual incredulity. Fortunately, the whole amazing thing was captured in video, which you can see after the jump. Read the rest of Jetpack daredevils fly over Dubai alongside a massive AirbusA380 plane

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