The last two cyclones in the Pacific - Pam and Maysak - destroyed tens of thousands of homes as they tore through the region.
Development workers are sticking to a mantra when it comes to post-disaster reconstruction: Build Back Better.
But in the case of Vanuatu, traditional housing designs may well be better than any western concepts.
They're cheap to build and repair, and during a cyclone the materials that are used are very unlikely to cause a fatality if they were to hit a person.
Margaret Rodman is the author of Home in the Islands: Housing and Social Change in the Pacific.
Presenter: Sam Bolitho
Speaker: Margaret Rodman, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at New York University in Toronto
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