Latest news and events of interest to the Smart Villages research community.
Morning Tea for Assam Flood Relief AppealOn Thursday 15th August a morning tea was held to raise money for victims of the severe flooding experienced in Assam this monsoon season.We raised nearly $450 which will be donated to SURE (Society for Unified Rural Empowerment) providing survival kits to families who have lost their crops, or are homeless due to the flooding. The kits, costing around $2 contain 2kg rice, 3kg potatoes, 1L cooking oil, soap, 250g tea and mosquito repellent.
Our recently published book "Planning, housing and infrastructure for Smart Villages" and upcoming publication "Affordable housing for Smart Villages" were officially launched on Tuesday 10th of September in the Dulux Gallery, Ground Level, Glyn Davis Building.Planning, housing and infrastructure is available now through RoutledgeAffordable housing for Smart Villages is available for pre-order and will be published shortlySee below for some photos of the event
2nd - 4th December 2019 at Assam Engineering College, Guwahati2nd International Conference on Smart Villages and Rural Development (COSVARD 2019)See our COSVARD page for more details
Poster CompetitionAs part of our 2nd International Conference on Smart Villages and Rural Development (COSVARD 2019) we will be running a poster competition.Click here for entry details
Researching for the affordable but resilient housing solutions, a model house using Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame and innovative footing systems has been built at the Burney Campus of the University of Melbourne. The project was done with the help of students from ‘Management of Construction’ class and with the cooperation of two academic visitors from Assam, Dr Pradip Baishya and Mr Sasanka Borah. Two PhD students, Velyne Katharpi and Arup Deka also took active roles. The project was coordinated by Dr Hemanta Doloi and Dr David Week. The industry partners were Dynamic Steel Frame, Melbourne and Surefoot, Melbourne.