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.

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.
Tackling Wicked Problems Robyn Mansfield Tackling wicked problems: 3 lessons from the ‘I Urban Andes International Design Workshop’ - From wicked problem to urban resilience - is there a scientific formula for developing solutions through an interdisciplinary process? The Design Between’s inaugural article offers a starting point for discourse on tackling wicked problems by exploring the interdisciplinary approach used in the 'I Urban Andes International Design Workshop' in Ayacucho, Peru.
Defined by a Bushfire Zoe DarcyDefined by a Bushfire Zoe Darcy Defined by a bushfire: Are pre-conceived concepts of ‘community’ colouring attempts to facilitate post-disaster recovery? - Bushfires do not differentiate. Their destructive path is not defined by a reasoning of who lies in it, their impacts more often bring community together, rather than separate. Can the same be said about the support available to communities following such an event? Are pre-conceived concepts of ‘community’ colouring attempts to facilitate post-disaster recovery?
Tasman Fire Wakefield 2019 Alice Lake-Hammond Issue 1 – Editorial: Communication as a conversation - With increased occurrences of natural hazards and humanitarian crises throughout the world, we need to talk about how we respond, recover and ready ourselves and others. And, we need to listen to what others have to say. This issue feature articles from two MoDDD graduates, offering insight into two of the themes we will be exploring here on TDB  – wicked problems and community engagement.

The Design Between is an exciting  and timely initiative of graduates from the Master of Disaster Design and Development (MoDDD) at RMIT University, Australia.  MoDDD sits at the intersection of the fields of Disaster Response and Recovery on the one hand and Development discourse on the other.  It grapples within this challenging space through the lens of design.  It asks how can design and designers be equipped to intervene in and act in a way that takes into account the complexities and the uncertainties around climate change, natural and human induced disasters to improve outcomes for those effected.


The Design Between provides an exploratory space where alumni, students and like-minded thinkers and actors can discuss, challenge, debate and above all else innovate.

– Dr Judith Rogers |Senior Lecturer / Programme Manager MoDDD |RMIT University