Since I was last sitting in the Assemble studio we’ve orbited another 365 days around the sun. As I start back as editor, I return to an energised and expanded publication, thanks to the tenacity and vision of Rachel Elliot-Jones and the rest of the Assemble team. Here, a brief reflection and a vision for the future
Welcome to Issue 2 of Assemble Papers in print. This edition is inspired by Melbourne’s new public architecture commission, MPavilion – initiated by the Naomi Milgrom Foundation – with Sean Godsell’s inaugural form soon to be revealed amidst the lush foliage of Queen Victoria Gardens
Assemble directors, Ben, Pino and Quino, contribute to the current debate on Victorian apartment design standards by taking a look at the history of apartments in Melbourne, the current market dynamics, the impact of regulation in NSW and the potential impact of those standards here in VIC. This is a vital debate for our city and one which we encourage everyone to participate in
Our first ever print edition features a selection of greatest hits from the website, exploring our commitment to local and international small footprint living and creativity. The aim of this printed version is to expand, reach out and connect with a broader audience, further pollinating the conversation, thinking and action around cities, design, architecture, art and sustainability
As a city dweller who spends most of my days tapping keys and barely keeping afloat in the constant wash of global sound bites and social media feeds, many days I wonder what this ever-increasing flow of ones, zeros and distractions is leading to. Is it possible to sharpen and sustain a curious mind in a society that demands quick decisions, not thoughtful reflection?
If the “City of Lights” can turn off its switches, the nights may darken but the future stays bright. In December 2012, the French minister for energy and environment, Delphine Batho announced plans to switch off all lights inside and outside shops, office and public buildings (including the Eiffel tower) on Paris’ Champs Elysees between 1am-7am beginning July 2013