Assemble Papers Issue 6, ‘Future Local’, is now available all across Melbourne! (Keep your eyes peeled as we continue to add more locations in Melbourne, Sydney and other select locations across Australia.)
Presented in partnership with MPavilion (where you can pick up a copy all through spring and summer!), ‘Future Local’ focuses on the future of our urban environments. In the current age of globalisation and unprecedented demographic and infrastructural expansion, it is tempting to adopt the solutions of other countries as blueprints upon which to model our own futures. But are these ideas always transferable? And what can we learn from our own backyards? Celebrating and exploring the importance of context in our future environments, this issue of Assemble Papers looks at architecture, settlements and urban designs to smaller-scale solutions and artistic ideas with big implications.
In the issue: Australian artists Keg de Souza and Richard Bell bring to light issues of displacement and colonisation in their deeply political, site-specific works at the recent Biennale of Sydney; Hakan Elevli and Mohammed Haddara tell the story of their decade-long journey creating the almost-finished Australian Islamic Centre with renowned architect Glenn Murcutt; 2016–17 MPavilion architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai speaks about his craft-centred and environmentally empathetic approach to architecture; 3000 Acres connects green-thumbed city-dwellers to underutilised urban spaces; City Edge is one of Melbourne’s original ‘urban villages’; Karl Maier and Amee Patel let us inside their Brutalist maisonette in London’s Bethnal Green; Chicago-based photographer Judy Natal envisions the future based on fragments of the present… and so much more!
Get down to one of our many stockists to grab your free copy of Issue 6. 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 envelope to: c/o Assemble Papers, 150 Langridge Street, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia 3066. We’ll get a copy straight into your letterbox.
"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families
Let's not get so caught up in the promises of 'smart cities' to forget that we live material lives. In the latest instalment in a series of articles from our West Coast partners 'Future West' (Australian Urbanism), Dr Sarah Barns, research fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society, considers putting digital to work in shaping great places
Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho