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.
A temporary festival in the Nevada desert is a model for innovation in tourism – and more, says Melbourne-based researcher in Public Cultures, Bree Trevena. It’s the latest instalment in our series of articles shared from ‘Future West', a West Coast publication considering the future of urbanism through Western Australia
In a time when extraordinary experiences are being promoted by cities, towns and regions as part of a tourist package, the natural environment is under pressure to enhance its existing assets in order to be shared, liked, meme-d and appreciated. Georgia Nowak – via 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)' – looks at how new tourism infrastructure in national parks could support their conservation
Tasmanian artist Helen Wright (the artist featured on the cover of our latest print issue!) is concerned with the uneasy coalition between humans and the natural world. Through her paintings, drawings, prints and the cast sculptures we see a playful yet political reminder of the fragile balances of this relationship. Here, she shares with us some of the thinking behind her multidisciplinary practice