Fast Company's Adele Peters shares WeatherHyde, a temporary homeless shelter designed by Singapore-based nonprofit BillionBricks.
The tent-like shelter uses a reflective coating to trap body heat during cold weather seasons, and reverses in the summer to reflect the sun and stay cool. It can accommodate a family and five and offers a solution for families who might otherwise be separated at city-run shelters. For the last six months, it has been tested by families in New Delhi.
The new shelters are also meant for use in cities after disasters, or for refugees in urban areas. "Typically, shelter kits are provided which are not designed for extreme temperature and do not provide privacy to families—especially women," says WeatherHyde founder Prasoon Kumar. "Most shelters for refugees are for medium to long-term and are heavy, require space, not suitable for urban deployment and are slow and expensive to provide."