WeatherHYDE

Location

India, with the capacity to be deployed in other countries with high concentrations of urban homeless and disaster-displaced communities

Impact

Urban homeless families, with the potential to be deployed for disaster-displaced families

Partners

Beghar Foundation, ftwo Consulting, Halcyon Incubator, Stratasys, UPS

 
 

Potential for Impact
The Supreme Court of India in 2011 directed all cities to build one homeless shelter for 50 per every 100,000 people. Urban homeless communities have 3 critical needs which current support programs are not able to sufficiently address. We’ve identified these specific gaps in providing weather protection, women safety, privacy and empowerment, and opportunities for poverty alleviation. In the past 10 years, 10,000 lives were lost in Delhi because of cold weather. The 2015 heat wave in India claimed another 2,500 lives.

 

Innovation
WeatherHYDE is designed to address all 3 critical needs in a single innovative solution. This life-saving, fully insulated, lightweight, and women-friendly emergency tent is tailored for the urban homeless and vulnerable. It traps a family’s body heat to keep them warm in winters, and when used in its reverse configuration reflects solar radiation to protect from the harsh sun. It provides privacy to women and can be easily manufactured in small factories making this a product of pride and income for the homeless.

 

Scaling
In 2014-2015, 7 weatherHYDE prototypes with incremental improvements were designed, manufactured and tested. Post the 2015 Fiscal Year, the first samples of 12 weatherHYDEs were deployed under a pilot test in Delhi during winter and summer, while a proof of concept deployment program of 1,000 units is being planned for 2017-2019.

 
 
 
 

Sumba Project

Status

xxx

Location

Sumba, Indonesia

Impact

Urban homeless families, with the potential to be deployed for disaster-displaced families

Partners

Beghar Foundation, ftwo Consulting, Halcyon Incubator, Stratasys, UPS

 
 

Potential for Impact
The Supreme Court of India in 2011 directed all cities to build one homeless shelter for 50 per every 100,000 people. Urban homeless communities have 3 critical needs which current support programs are not able to sufficiently address. We’ve identified these specific gaps in providing weather protection, women safety, privacy and empowerment, and opportunities for poverty alleviation. In the past 10 years, 10,000 lives were lost in Delhi because of cold weather. The 2015 heat wave in India claimed another 2,500 lives.

 

Innovation
WeatherHYDE is designed to address all 3 critical needs in a single innovative solution. This life-saving, fully insulated, lightweight, and women-friendly emergency tent is tailored for the urban homeless and vulnerable. It traps a family’s body heat to keep them warm in winters, and when used in its reverse configuration reflects solar radiation to protect from the harsh sun. It provides privacy to women and can be easily manufactured in small factories making this a product of pride and income for the homeless.

 

Scaling
In 2014-2015, 7 weatherHYDE prototypes with incremental improvements were designed, manufactured and tested. Post the 2015 Fiscal Year, the first samples of 12 weatherHYDEs were deployed under a pilot test in Delhi during winter and summer, while a proof of concept deployment program of 1,000 units is being planned for 2017-2019.

 
 
 
 

Shelters for Nepal

Status

Deployment Completed

Location

Kathmandu Valley, and Kavrepalanchowk, Nepal

Impact

116 Families

Partners

Alliance for Social Empowerment and Child Education, Nepal Olympic Association, Yakru

 
 

Potential for Impact
We see that there exists a gap in the provision of shelter during humanitarian crises. bB had been contemplating with some concepts and had developed prototypes to tackle this issue when the earthquake happened.

 

Innovation
bB deployed 116 commercial tents to some of the worst hit areas of Kathmandu Valley, providing temporary humanitarian relief to displaced families. Tents were also deployed 100kms from Kathmandu where the community had zero access to relief aid, and about 100 households were severely affected. Unfortunately, 6 tents were lost during cargo clearance.

 

Scaling
In order to continue with long term rebuilding efforts in Nepal, we designed permanent earthquake-resistant homes. Unfortunately, political challenges, like the blockage between India and Nepal at the time which can significantly impact the work of young organizations, lead to us coming out of this project.

 
 
 

PowerHYDE

Status

Completed in 2015

Location

Mumbai, India

Impact

100 children

Partners

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Salaam Baalak Trust, Space Matrix and DBS Bank

 
 

Potential for Impact
The Supreme Court of India in 2011 directed all cities to build one homeless shelter for 50 per every 100,000 people.

 

Innovation
A flexible day & night space was designed for comfortable sleeping on the floor, with customized movable furniture that converts into a classroom and multipurpose space during the day.

 

Scaling
A book with design methods and standards was published and shared with city officials and local NGOs that operate shelters.

 
 
 

Day & Night Shelter for Boys

Status

Completed in 2015

Location

Mumbai, India

Impact

100 children

Partners

Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai, Salaam Baalak Trust, Space Matrix and DBS Bank

 
 

Potential for Impact
The Supreme Court of India in 2011 directed all cities to build one homeless shelter for 50 per every 100,000 people.

 

Innovation
A flexible day & night space was designed for comfortable sleeping on the floor, with customized movable furniture that converts into a classroom and multipurpose space during the day.

 

Scaling
A book with design methods and standards was published and shared with city officials and local NGOs that operate shelters.

 

SMILE Village

STATUS

Pilot Completed in 2015

LOCATION

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

IMPACT

160 Homeless Families

PARTNERS

Solutions to End Poverty, Pour un Sourire D’Enfant and URBNarc

 

Potential for impact
There are more than 100,000 slum dwellers in Phnom Penh at the verge of eviction because of increasing land values in the city.

 

Innovation
A new construction methodology was used to design and build homes in traditional Khmer style, and the know-how of construction methods was transferred to the community to increase their incomes.

 

Scaling
The first phase of this project which involved the pilot construction of 48 homes, a child care center and a community center were completed and turned over in September 2015. The remaining 112 homes are directly being constructed by the community.

 

Etania Green School: A Prototype School for 350 Children of Migrant Workers

Status

Under construction in 2016

Location

Beaufort, Sabah, Malaysia

Impact

350 stateless children ages 5 to 13 years

Partners

Matakana Educational Consulting, Triton, Architecture BRIO

 

Potential for impact
In Sabah, on the Malaysian island of Borneo, there are 50,000 stateless children who have become marginalised and have no access to education due to their migrant status. These are children of illegal or legal Indonesian migrant labourers who come to Sabah to seek work at plantations for a better life.

 

Innovation
A lightweight module for a classroom was designed which would float over shipping containers, serve as foundations and, house storage and services. Classrooms will be well protected from any flooding and will be naturally cool by capturing the breeze. The building’s openness and integration with the site will create new learning opportunities for the students.

 

Scaling
30 schools across the island of Sabah are planned to be built within the next 10 years.

 

Konchur Sustainable Model Village

Status

Ongoing

Location

Konchur, Karnataka, India

Impact

Village of 500 Families

Partners

SELAVIP Foundation, Habitat for Humanity India, Government of Chitapur Taluka, Residents of Konchur, FINALCAD, Architecture BRIO

 

Potential for Impact
By 2030, 40% of India’s population will be urban against the current 30%, with urban migration as a key factor due to the lack of development and employment opportunities in rural India. Tackling and improving the rural infrastructure could slow down the pace of migration and relieve the stress on urban areas to provide for needs such as housing.

Innovation
Transforming Konchur into a Sustainable Model Village (Adarsh Gram) for New India, this project introduces strategic interventions and investments that are self-scalable by the
community, and which guide development within 5 key areas: 1) water and sanitation, 2) healthcare, 3) education, 4) jobs creation in agriculture, and 5) community mobilization and spiritual motivation. The project also includes the design and build of infrastructure to a standard of quality far above the current, with the use of technology and techniques that address the most critical issues faced by the community.

Scaling
In close partnership with the local government, the model of Konchur is being developed for direct implementation across 200 villages in the Taluka, and with the potential for learnings to be
applied across the country.

 

Serangan Village Redevelopment for 3,800 people

Status

Concept completed

Location

Bali, Indonesia - October 2014 onwards

Partners

Done in partnership with Kura Kura Bali and GUASL.

 

Potential for Impact
Serangan is an island off the coast of Bali, consisting of seven villages with a population of 3,800 people. Fishing, which has always been the primary livelihood of its residents, is no longer viable due to water contamination that has worsened over the years. This has resulted in high unemployment rates.

 

Innovation
bB conceptualised and created a set of urban development strategies complemented with catalytic architectural interventions to revive the villages with alternative livelihoods and network them back into the rest of the Balinese community.

 

Scaling
N/A

 

Nepal - May 2015 onwards

In partnership with ArchitectureBRIO

Soon after the earthquake in Nepal in May 2015, there was an urgent need to restore the educational infrastructure. Tens of thousands of school buildings had been damaged, and students had no place to go and study. For more than a month, schools had been closed, and students were losing precious time. Government started to give away free tin sheets for temporary buildings to be built since permanent structures would take a longer time, and require far more resources.        

bB, after its involvement in emergency relief work in Nepal, came up with concepts for primary school buildings. The buildings are designed as modules of two classrooms to fit 24 students each. The building envelope is made from tin sheets provided free, and the structure is proposed in bamboo. To protect  from noise, specially that of rain, tarpaulin sheets were proposed to be hung from eaves, and a bamboo mat false ceiling were proposed. The walls could also be upgraded later with mud plaster for insulation. 

The transitional school cold be completely disassembled when permanent buildings were to be built and all materials reused.