A Home for Everyone: Let Us Talk


Let Us Talk

How can design solve life’s wicked questions? billionBricks and Grounded will explore this question from the perspective of housing and homelessness. Most cities struggle to address this dilemma in a sustainable way and this is where Singapore has achieved remarkable success.

Let Us Talk is a discussion and exploration of the themes presented in an exhibition at the National Design Center called A Home for Everyone, a joint effort by billionBricks and Grounded.
Our speakers will be answering questions and delving deeper into the premise of their exhibition and why it is important for everyone to see.

A Home for Everyone is an exhibition that showcases a full-scale replica of a home of a Mumbai street dweller, accompanied by stories of the homeless people who have purchased weatherHyde, an innovative shelter solution designed and manufactured by bB (recently shortlisted for President’s Design Award). The stories will provide a true and touching account of success through design, providing insights on how innovative and thoughtful solutions can be a powerful tool in providing safety and dignity to the poorest communities in the world.

Let Us Talk is part of Singapore Design Week, and is a free event.


Anjali Mangalgiri
Born and raised in Delhi, Anjali has lived in New York for over a decade. Anjali runs an architecture studio in Singapore and India that focuses on sustainable tropical architecture. She now divides her time between New York, Goa and Singapore. Trained in architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in Delhi, Anjali has a Master in City Planning from MIT and a Master in Real Estate Development from Columbia University. She has since worked at leading institutions in the design and construction industry in New York City.

Passionate about design and the environment, Anjali has been a TEDx speaker and a speaker at Columbia University. She is the founding advisory member for Smart Cities Advisors in New York and has served as a director on the board of CIANA, a New York based non-profit. She is a registered architect in India, a LEED Accredited Professional in the US and an IGBC Accredited Professional in India.

Prasoon Kumar
Prasoon Kumar, Co-Founder and CEO, billionBricks, is an urban planner and architect with over 10 years of experience in design firms across in India, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 2013, he founded billionBricks, a non-profit that innovates shelters for the homeless and vulnerable that are scalable, sustainable, and able to create opportunities for communities to emerge out of poverty. WeatherHYDE is an insulated, reversible, lightweight and women-friendly emergency shelter designed to save lives of the homeless in extreme weather. Ashton Kutcher called it, ‘innovation at its finest’ when its social media campaign went viral with over 40 million views. PowerHYDE is world’s first solar home for the homeless which produces enough energy to pay for itself. Since founding billionBricks has rehabilitated more than 3,800 homeless and disaster-stricken people in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal, United States and Europe.

A TEDx speaker, chosen as one of Urban Land Institute's 40 under 40, Prasoon has won numerous global awards for his work. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning and an Outstanding Graduate Award for the year 2005.
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Sat Mar 10, 2018
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