5×5: Participatory Provocations explores the role of architecture and architects in providing critical commentary on present-day issues. The show presents twenty-five architectural models by twenty-five young American architects responding to significant contemporary topics including immigration (the proposed US-Mexico border wall), surveillance (the use of drones), off-world tourism (luxury vacations to the Moon) and the relationship between urban densification and the commercially-driven development of high-rise residential complexes. Drawing from the long tradition of ‘paper’ architecture intending to provoke discussion and debate around controversial ideas, 5×5: Participatory Provocations encourages participatory criticism as an increasingly relevant form of practice that can sit alongside more conventional forms of architectural expression. Participating architects and studios include Archive of Affinities, Platform for Architecture + Research, Snarkitecture, Studio Cadena, and Ultramoderne.
Being able to work across our differences is crucial if we are to solve the housing crisis in Melbourne, says urban planning professor Carolyn Whitzman, of University of Melbourne. Whitzman's background in activism now underpins her work on solving Melbourne's housing crisis: she describes her research as trying to make social change happen through experiments in deliberative democracy
Our 8th print issue of Assemble Papers, ‘Metropolis.’, muses on the power of cities and their citizens to instigate and enact global change. AP editor Jana Perkovic shares her thoughts on the evolution of the issue, published in partnership with this year's MPavilion
TSUNO is a young, female-friendly social enterprise manufacturing environmentally and socially sustainable menstrual wear. Emily Wong spoke to TSUNO founder and design-brain Roslyn Campbell about learning through doing, the value of community and breaking down taboos