Studio Tutor: Gordon Young and Emily Ballantyne-Brodie

In collaboration with Shelter Advisor Leeanne Marshall from the Australian Red Cross (ARC), this class looks at innovative transformation of both preparedness and emergency response activities. As a team, you will select a country and will respond to the question: What can we do in preparedness to ensure positive impact in the response phase? You will map out a design strategy identifying key risks and impacts of a specific natural hazard as well as local priorities and available resources.

Using a systemic design approach (Human Centred Design+systems thinking), you will propose a comprehensive preparedness and response strategy including alternative innovative ways of working with local communities before and after a disaster occurs; while mainstreaming sustainable social and environmental practices in ARC operations in which saving lives and reducing suffering is still the primary concern.

The aim of this studio is to engage with a refugee agency in Melbourne to design services and a strategy to support disenfranchised refugee men. Research indicates that refugee men do not access health services and nutritious food even though in many cases these are on offer. A user-centered design approach will be adopted to help understand this demographic. Interviews with workers from the refugee agency will take place, as well as opportunities for ethnographic research and visits to places such as the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre and Timil Feasts at CERES in Brunswick