Building Ampara in Sri Lanka

Using the Integral Design Futures framework to improve community development in rural contexts: Building Ampara Sri Lanka

In the rural communities of Ampara Sri Lanka, progress in women’s empowerment, children’s education and income generation are slow due to disparities between community needs and top down policy driven initiatives. Development processes have been fragmented resulting in non-sustainable outcomes. Deakin’s iDiDe Sri Lanka study tour successfully introduced co-design and co-building processes as a means to address the lack of integration between community stakeholder groups and built environment professionals in the Ampara communities. This research builds upon the relationships established between universities and rural communities and investigates how Integral Design Futures (IDF) approach can be applied to improve these processes.

The project will illustrate how the process of design and constructing community buildings in Ampara can be improved by the application of an IDF process.

The findings from the Ampara study are expected to contribute to understanding of priorities and applicability of sustainability in relation to physical and social contexts as well as spatial relationships (Systems IDF quadrant); environmental performance values that may help improve processes for integrated sustainable design, construction, building operations and maintenance (Performance quadrant); sensory perceptions and experiences of community user groups regarding the process (Experiences IDF Quadrant) and interpretations of cultural values, and social meanings prioritised by the Ampara communities.

The Australian-Sri Lankan research team combine research expertise and local knowledge to bring multidisciplinary research capacity and track record across architecture design, construction management, building economics and rural and urban planning to the project. The research outcomes will increase much needed knowledge of integrated and sustainable approaches to rural development and increase a whole of School body of knowledge surrounding the IDF framework that can be applied to wider, real world, diverse contexts.

Project Team

Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment:

Ms. Susan Ang (Project Leader), Associate Professor Richard Tucker, Dr. Beau Beza, Dr. Roshani Palliyaguru, Dr. Gayani Karunasekera, Dr. Astrid Roetzel, Professor Anthony Mills

University of Moratuwa Faculty of Architecture:

Professor Lalith de Silva, Dr. Sachie Gunathilake, Dr. Anishka Hettiarachchi

Aspirations Education Foundation Sri Lanka:

Mr. Ajith Abeysekera