Connection, community and agency: Building a village preschool in India

Bondalawada Anganwadi Source – Roberto Rodriguez Reyes, 2019 @rober3

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?

Reclaiming Accessibility to Lower-limb Prosthetics

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)

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: 3 lessons from the ‘I Urban Andes International Design Workshop’

Tackling Wicked Problems Robyn Mansfield

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: Are pre-conceived concepts of ‘community’ colouring attempts to facilitate post-disaster recovery?

Defined by a Bushfire Zoe DarcyDefined by a Bushfire Zoe Darcy

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?

Issue 1 – Editorial: Communication as a conversation

Tasman Fire Wakefield 2019 Alice Lake-Hammond

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.