With increasing occurrences of natural hazard events and humanitarian crises throughout the world, interdisciplinary design thinking is essential for future-proofing our communities from further impacts and potential damage. The Design Between embodies this thinking. It represents the process, the bridge, the tools to support movement across an otherwise impassable space.

Interviewing women who participated in the CBC program from the community of Managalilou (Managalilou, Efate) Community Conversation: Lessons in Monitoring and Evaluation in Vanuatu - Vanuatu Vanuatu is a beautiful country comprising 86 beautiful tropical islands in the middle of the Pacific. The people of Vanuatu, Ni-Vanuatu or Ni-Vans for short, are possibly the friendliest, welcoming people to be found anywhere in the world. I …

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Amanda Lamont The Design Between Beyond the Lights and Sirens – Video - In this interview, Amanda reflects on what motivated her to work and volunteer in the disaster fields, how she looks after her wellbeing when dealing with this challenging work, and the role of the Australasian Women in Emergencies network that she has co-founded.
Residents of Pedregal Grande awaiting the construction of the memorial and playground. Peru Community Development – Photo Essay - This collection of photos represents a community development program designed by the University of Catalonia (UIC) partnered with Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology  University (RMIT) and the University of Piura (UDEP). Outlined in ‘Community participation in development: nine plagues and …

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Bondalawada Anganwadi Source – Roberto Rodriguez Reyes, 2019 @rober3 Connection, community and agency: Building a village preschool in India - All theory aside – what’s it really like to work in a rural village in India? In a world of increasingly changeable external forces, how do you engage the community, overcome cultural and language barriers and build enough trust to realise a project together? What unexpected outcomes might emerge?
The D.I.Y. Prosthetic Manual is a manifestation of illustrations of prosthetic practices and processes to fabricate all three lower-limb prosthetic outcomes. Its design language is comprised of visual illustrations and small descriptive steps which help safety guide an amputee through the beginning process of fabrication to end process of alignment. (Image: Desiree Riny) Reclaiming Accessibility to Lower-limb Prosthetics - Amputees living in remote communities, with limited access to healthcare providers, have an opportunity to use bicycle parts and other accessible materials to make their own D.I.Y. lower-limb prosthetics, using a system designed by RMIT University industrial design graduate Desiree Riny.
Issue 2 – Editorial: ‘If you were able to influence one change for the future, what would it be?’ - The wicked problems we are facing in a globalised and technological world require us to think very differently about the types of work people need to do now and in the future. Different skills, attributes and focus are desperately needed, and we are struggling to keep up.

Thanks for sharing the latest issue of The Design Between. I enjoyed reading the article about building a village preschool in India. It was useful and I liked when Sarah Schoffel mentioned the following: ‘If there was an interpreter present a more detailed dialogue might take place but so much could be learned without an interpreter, it was a question of being open and receptive.’


We need to spend more time with people and to be good listeners to their needs. Otherwise our facilitation for the so called ‘participation process’ will be just to have gathering for a group of people (women and children) who might not have the right input.

– Dr Salem Al Qudwa |Architect and Lecturer |Palestinian Territory