Contributor: Abbie Freestone

Abbie is the head of community at Assemble and has a background in urbanism and architectural communications. She is committed to uncovering new ways of thinking about cities. A pole vaulter in a former life, she’s forever chasing views from high places and after living in California and Oregon has a love for mountains (and mimosas).

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Farewell and Thank You Pino

Six years after co-founding Assemble, Pino Demaio has decided to resign from his role as Director. Pino remains focused on his strategic design practice, Local Peoples, and his editorial interests through Matters Journal.

Farewell Sara

After 18 months as part of the AP family, Sara Savage is moving on from her role as Editor of Assemble Papers to pursue new opportunities. Sara will leave a wonderful legacy for the next editor and a strong platform for the next chapter of the publication, and we wish her the very best in her future endeavours.

Farewell REJ

Three years after she first joined us, Rachel Elliot-Jones is moving on from her role as Creative Producer of Assemble Papers and Head of Community Engagement at Assemble to relocate to London. Rachel (a.k.a. REJ) has been a tireless ambassador for the philosophy and values of the company. We fully support her decision to embark on the next exciting chapter in her career.

Farewell Euge

After four incredible years as founding editor of Assemble Papers and a much-loved member of the Assemble team, Eugenia Lim has decided to move on to focus on her art practice and numerous creative advisory board roles. She will be deeply missed, but it’s a decision we fully support as she embarks on the next exciting chapter in her career.

Inside the Public Loop: An interview with David Gianotten of OMA

David Gianotten is a partner in the Rem Koolhaas-founded global architecture and urbanism practice OMA, leading their large portfolio in the Asia-Pacific region. Quino Holland (co-Director of Assemble and its associated architecture company Fieldwork) caught up with David to discuss the role of architects in not only designing buildings but also the space between them.

The Great Apartment Design Debate

Assemble directors, Ben, Pino and Quino, contribute to the current debate on Victorian apartment design standards by taking a look at the history of apartments in Melbourne, the current market dynamics, the impact of regulation in NSW and the potential impact of those standards here in VIC. This is a vital debate for our city and one which we encourage everyone to participate in.

Born in Barcelona

Introducing Less is More, a new section presenting outstanding examples of architecture and design for compact living, as curated by Assemble Papers. Here, Quino has chosen a recent project by young Spanish practice ARQUITECTURA-G. In this renovated apartment in the historic El Born district of Barcelona, a small footprint, low budget and creative use of space combine to winning effect.

Small but sunshiny house by Torafu Architects

Set on a site of only 67 square metres (the size of the average two bedroom Melbourne apartment) near Yokohama, Torafu Architects designed this detached house with a modest living area of 7 x 7.5 metres. The project was designed for a couple and consists of living spaces, a small bedroom, walk-in robes and a loft for a newly-independent child.