Assemble Papers Issue 7, ‘In/formation’, is out now in Melbourne and Sydney – with many more locations to be added! If we haven’t reached a stockist near you yet, check back here soon as we continue to spread our latest print issue far and wide.
Issue 7 is presented in partnership with CLIMARTE ahead of its upcoming ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2017 festival – an event that harnesses the creative power of the arts to inform, engage and inspire action on climate change. Inspired by the work of our partners, Issue 7 of Assemble Papers considers collective action and activism across the areas of art, design, architecture, urbanism and the environment in the information age, and the power of people to collectively enact real, tangible change on big and small scales. Also central to Issue 7 is the concept of citizen science – the collection and analysis of scientific data by members of the general public. What are the possibilities of grassroots and DIY citizen science techniques in investigating environmental, social and political concerns? And how can these techniques be employed in the arts and design spheres?
In this issue: the Wangan & Jagalingou people’s fight against Adani’s proposed Carmichael mine in Northern Queensland; Mel Evans and Liberate Tate take a stand against unethical arts funding; and a resident-led initiative at Bourj Al Shamali, a longstanding Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, uses a humble citizen-science technique to empower its inhabitants. Meanwhile, photographer Alisha Gore captures the heart and soul of Sydney’s under-threat Sirius building and some of its loudest advocates; Berlin-based architecture collective Raumlabor believes in the possibilities of urban occupation; and Ernesto Oroza documents resistance through design and everyday ingenuity in Cuba. We also sit down with Robin Boyd Foundation director and founder Tony Lee; Rafaela Pandolfini pays a visit to the home of Goodgod founders Jim Singline and Hana Shimada… and so much more!
Head to one of our many stockists to grab your free copy of Issue 7. If you’re unable to reach any of our listed locations but would still love to read the latest print edition, please send a prepaid/stamped self-addressed A4 envelope (for a 150g letter) to: c/o Assemble Papers, 150 Langridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066.
Artist, essayist and DIY map-maker Vanessa Berry takes us on an alternative tour of Sydney's lost and abandoned places in her blog, Mirror Sydney. Here, against the backdrop of a rapidly transforming urbanism, we bring you an excerpt from her new book of the same name – a timely meditation on place and time propelled by childhood memories and urban wanderings
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