• design
  • education

3 October 2018

Environment map

RISE Informal Cities Laboratory

The Informal Cities Lab undertakes design based, action research at the intersection of academic research and international development. Through applied projects, such as RISE, the Lab investigates the role of design – and the designer – in international development. RISE is a fiveyear interdisciplinary action research program, developing location-specific solutions that integrate nature-based green infrastructure and neighbourhood improvements. These are being trialled in 26 informal settlements across Makassar, Indonesia and Suva, Fiji.

The project is being developed by the Lab at Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), in collaboration with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, other Monash faculties and international Universities. RISE is funded by The Wellcome Trust, UK, and the Asian Development Bank.