Student Spotlight: Björn Rust

“Never delegate understanding”, believed Charles Eames, and yet as the nature of our lives becomes increasingly abstract, we have little choice but to delegate a great number of things. Among them is our duty to act. While action without understanding may be foolish, understanding without action is irresponsible. Continue reading “Student Spotlight: Björn Rust”


MoDDD Intensive – 23-25 October 2017 – Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square

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On October 23-25, a Disaster, Design and Development (DDD) intensive was conducted at the Koorie Heritage Trust in Federation Square, Melbourne. This 3-day event provided a good opportunity for new MoDDD students to meet and catch up with their peers, MoDDD staff and a group of DDD experts from industry, the public sector and academia. Continue reading “MoDDD Intensive – 23-25 October 2017 – Koorie Heritage Trust, Federation Square”

David Anderson – 2017 MoDDD student working with Aussie Action Abroad in Nepal

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People discuss the construction of Siurung Medical Post
MoDDD student and soon to be graduate David Anderson recently returned from a trip to Nepal where he worked on two projects with Aussie Action Abroad. The first was a medical post for the remote village of Siurung and a mothers group hall for the village of Amar Jotty – both in Lamjung.

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Maningrida – The Place where the dreaming changed shape. Architects Without Frontiers Site Visit.

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Esther Charlesworth, MoDDD Academic Director
Architects without Frontiers (AWF) have been working with the remote Indigenous settlement of Maningrida in Arnhem Land for the last 10 years. Maningrida means “The Place where the dreaming changed shape”.As well as working on design projects for the small township I have also worked with Profs Ralph Horne, Ron Wakefield and John Fien on an ARC Linkage project to improve remote Indigenous housing in Maningrida and other towns in NT and WA.

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Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood

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Rennae Sillett, MoDDD student

The Sydney suburb of Auburn, 19 kilometres west of the CBD, is one of Australia’s most diverse neighbourhoods. It also has a very interesting demographic record. First, it has Sydney’s highest rate of natural population increase – when births outnumber deaths. Second, It is one of the most popular destinations in the city for overseas migrants; and third, within a few years, more people move on from Auburn than just about anywhere else in Sydney.

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International Regeneration Studio Reconstructing Chamanga – Student Experiences


Alice Lake-Hammond

I spent most of my time in Chamanga trekking up and down what is now the Camino Principal of Nuevo Chamanga (the main road of New Chamanga). Positioned at the top end of the town I was given a small but fascinating insight into the various ways the community have responded and are still adapting to the situation they now finds  themselves in.

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