The cultural fabric of cities, covering people and projects across art, architecture, design and cross-pollinated creativity with a focus on local makers and projects through to internationally good ideas.
Liberate Tate is an activist art collective, formed shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, that spent six long years campaigning British cultural institution Tate to drop its oil company funding through a series of nearly 20 unsanctioned performances, interventions and protests. Sara Savage speaks to co-founder Mel Evans about 'Big Oil', ethical sponsorship and the power of performance
At the 20th Biennale of Sydney, two works by Keg de Souza and Richard Bell addressed the widespread marginalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australia, and those of the country's various migrant populations. Genevieve Murray speaks with the artists about the significance of those works and the ways both artists utilise space to generate conversation around inequality
Taking place for the third time in 2016, this year's MPavilion comes from the architect Bijoy Jain of Indian architectural practice Studio Mumbai. We met up with Jain at Robin Boyd's Walsh Street House in Melbourne to discuss Jain's characteristic interest in traditional craftsmanship and human connectedness to the landscape, and to find out the story behind his MPavilion design
As co-founder of Dutch architectural office MVRDV, Nathalie de Vries has continued to push the organisation in search of a humanist, hybrid approach to creating liveable spaces. Considering the city as inherently constructed, MVRDV's approach remains provocative as it re-imagines our cities moving into the future
Over his three-decade career, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has split his time between high-end commissions and humanitarian architecture for those who have, as he says, an abundance of "power and money", and for others for whom architecture is purely a means to survive. In the recent print issue of Assemble Papers, Eugenia Lim speaks to Ban about the quest for social purpose that drives his work
Virginia-based landscape architect Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T. Studio creates places that defy traditional notions of nature and beauty. To her, a landscape represents the intertwining of social and ecological cycles, over time. Emily Wong speaks to Julie about how she uses 'toxic beauty' to transform industrial sites into 21st-century public spaces with a past, present and future