'Sustainability' After Disaster: Confronting the Complexities of Recovery in the Field: An Educational Experience

Nicoll, T and Rogers, J 2018, ''Sustainability' After Disaster: Confronting the Complexities of Recovery in the Field: An Educational Experience' in Leal Filho, Walter, Rogers, Judy, Iyer-Raniga, Usha (ed.) Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region, Springer, Switzerland, pp. 221-233.


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Title 'Sustainability' After Disaster: Confronting the Complexities of Recovery in the Field: An Educational Experience
Author(s) Nicoll, T
Rogers, J
Year 2018
Title of book Sustainable Development Research in the Asia-Pacific Region
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Switzerland
Editor(s) Leal Filho, Walter, Rogers, Judy, Iyer-Raniga, Usha
Start page 221
End page 233
Subjects Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Higher Education
Summary This paper focuses on the learning and teaching approach adopted in an undergraduate landscape architecture design studio at RMIT University that reveals some of the challenges involved when design students are asked to confront and work within the broad area of disaster response and recovery. Departing somewhat from the traditional approach often employed in design studios where students work individually or in small groups on a problem with the aim of designing a solution the studio approached the problem(s) of disaster recovery by focusing on collaborative problem(s) definition. The focus of the studio was on the small township of Marysville in the state of Victoria, Australia that was almost completely destroyed in the Black Saturday fires of February 2009. Eight years on visitors to the town are delighted by the appearance of a town restored, however underneath the town remains vulnerable on a range of different fronts. The case study begins to reveal many of the pitfalls for designers and other professionals who are called on to work in post disaster environments, and the, often, narrow perspective about what constitutes sustainability and recovery that can lead to an overemphasis on things at the expense of long-term processes of change towards what is an increasingly complex and unknown future.
Copyright notice © Springer International Publishing AG 2018
Keyword(s) sustainability
disaster recovery
curriculum development
vulnerability
ISBN 9783319732930
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