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.
It’s time for the second instalment of ‘Tokyo Life’ – the special Living Not Decorating series brought to us by R-ESTATE TOKYO. This week, Ben Davis speaks with David Glaettli – creative director of Japanese furniture brand Karimoku New Standard – about nomadic living, the influence of Kyoto on his practice, and life in his Toritsu-Daigaku home
5x4 Hayes Lane isn't the typical home you'd expect to find tucked in at the end of a narrow laneway in leafy East Melbourne. We step inside this pocket-sized project and speak to its owner, Ralph Alphonso, about his decision to stretch the project's small footprint of 20 square metres over four storeys, and about the challenges that arose during the construction of this extraordinary home
The Greening Bourj Al Shamali initiative aims to green and improve the living conditions in the Bourj Al Shamali refugee camp in Lebanon, a theoretically temporary Palestinian refugee camp that's now a 60-year-old informal urban environment, densely built and without green spaces. Sara Savage speaks to the team behind the initiative about 'balloon mapping' the camp in the name of self-determination