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Our sub-projects: UN Habitat III Agenda Research

UN Habitat III Agenda,
Community care

Our Sub-projects of our new Core program in Architecture and Habitat focusses on the United National 2016 Habitat III, New Urban Agenda.  It includes designing sustainable and effective responses to events shaping our Human Settlements. Ekistics, Complexity, and The New Urban Agenda form pillars of interest in this program.

Asia and the Pacific region have the highest number of total occurrences, fatalities and effects of natural disaster events caused by small-medium disasters particularly flood and cyclone. Data from United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) 2015 shows that in the past 4 decades there has been a growing number of small and medium-scale disasters which have resulted in a total loss of over US$1.15 trillion. However, this scale of disaster has received less attention from humanitarian agencies. At the same time, the increasing number of natural disasters has increased the demand for humanitarian products and facilities such as shelters, communication devices, health and safety equipment, water and sanitation.

There are many types of designs for emergency shelters but most are too technical and neglect the socio-cultural needs of the occupants, which makes post-disaster life more distressing for survivors.

This project explores the concept of Habitat and Design as an innovative design for responding to small and medium-scale disasters, focusing on community-led design for better temporary pop-up shelter and village facilities for people impacted by highly distressing scenarios.

A technical solution for the design of emergency shelters which accommodates the socio-cultural needs of the people is proposed as well as ways to manage small and medium-scale disasters, particularly in the Asia Pacific region are investigated.


Assoc. Prof. Kurt Seemann

Associate Professor Kurt’s research focus is on education and Initial teacher education (ITE) in the context of rural and remote...

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Dr. Matthew Parnell

Dr. Matthew Parnell is a sustainability academic and practitioner with over thirty years of professional experience of applying sustainability in the...

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Dr. Kirsten Day

Faculty of Health, Arts and Design School of DesignDepartment of Interior Architecture and Industrial Design B.Arch Hons (RMIT), Doctor of...

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Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek

Academic Director (External Engagement) Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek’s research seeks to advance the role design plays in community belonging...

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Dr. Gavin Melles

Associate Professor Gavin Melles Gavin has extensive experience as a research supervisor for PhD projects in Australia and Germany, where he imparts...

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