Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE)
Improving sanitation, mitigating flooding, and improving dwelling and open space provision for informal settlements.
“If we want to affect structural change, we have to go to the big picture, structural decision makers and deal with it that way. This trickle down and trickle up is very, very difficult. The RISE program is ultimately interested in this, developing a proof of concept that will ultimately redirect large international development investments into alternative solutions, and that is why we have a large piece of accompanying research that is looking at policy, scalability and replicability.” – Professor Diego Ramírez-Lovering
Researchers from MADA’s Informal Cities Lab are leading “Objective 1: Design & Engagement” of the five-year, multi-million dollar RISE program. Their work aims to implement water sensitive revitalisation of informal settlements through co-design processes, reflecting varying community aspirations and site contexts.
Funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Asian Development Bank, the RISE program’s five objectives aim to provide research-based evidence that a localised, water sensitive approach to revitalising informal settlements can deliver sustainable, cost-effective health and environmental improvements, paving the way for further deployments in the region and globally. Working with communities, governments, local leaders and partner institutions, RISE is co-designing location-specific solutions that integrate green infrastructure, such as constructed wetlands, to strengthen the whole-of-life water and sanitation cycle.
Beyond health research and assessment, the program includes the development of a series of integrated urban design interventions for two pilot sites and 24 informal settlements in the cities of Makassar (Indonesia) and Suva (Fiji), based on a design philosophy of community engagement, multi-functionality, and adaptability. The solutions are co-developed with communities through an extensive process of co-design and engagement with work from a diverse interdisciplinary team, which includes experts from engineering, ecology, hydrology, architecture, landscape architecture and community engagement.
The design interventions will take place in three rounds. The first round uses the pilot sites as a proof-of-concept to test the effectiveness of the design approach in informal settlement revitalisation. The second includes the development and implementation of interventions in six settlements in each of the cities. In the third, the design process is iterated for the remaining six settlements in each city.
For more information about the program, visit rise-program.org
Design & Engagement Team News
Monash University and Emory University have announced a partnership to conduct research into gender-responsive design of water and sanitation services for the world’s most vulnerable and marginalised living in urban informal settlements.
16 April 2019
This 3-minute (silent) video takes a focus on MADA's approach to RISE. It has been screened at the Hong Kong Design Week (curated by NGV).
30 November 2018
A team of global, interdisciplinary researchers aim to improve the survival rate of children under 5 through the Revitalising Informal Settlements and their Environments (RISE) program.
20 November 2017
A team of Monash researchers including MADA’s Professor of Architecture Diego Ramírez-Lovering and Alysia Bennett have just returned from a whirlwind 10-day trip to Indonesia.
16 February 2017
MADA’s Head of Architecture, Professor Diego Ramírez-Lovering, has been selected to lead the development of design and engagement models for a multi-million dollar international research project that aims to improve the quality of life of urban slum dwellers in Indonesia and Fiji.
24 January 2017