“We’re approaching the design in a way that not only provides a better outcome for the community, but also has the potential to impact well beyond this one village, addressing the challenges of climate change while also designing for resilience and health, supporting the way of life for years to come.”
Part of this exploration includes the relocation of the village, as well as the creation of two creek diversions to ease the free flow of flood waters.
Richard will be speaking about his experience supporting flood-prone villages in Fiji on the ‘Vunivau Village Project’ at RMIT on 13 October, as part of Design for Fragility: Humanitarian Landscape and Architecture Day (HALD).
The event will explore the role of architects working in fragile geo-political and ecological scenarios, from Northern NSW to Alabama, USA and Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.
Designers working in the humanitarian design space will also be speaking, such as Belinda Allwood, People Oriented Design; Jeremy McLeod Breathe Studio Founder; Martyn Hook, Dean, RMIT School of Architecture and Urban Design + iredale pedersen hook architects, Rory Hyde, Associate Professor Architecture, University of Melbourne as well as Architects without Frontiers Founder Esther Charlesworth, and Loata Ho, Indigenous Fijian Women’s Development, Designer and Researcher.