On one of the coldest spring mornings this year, dozens of Melburnians hauled themselves out of bed to come and listen to a series of panel discussions on how we can create cities that, quite simply, work better for everyone. For those who couldn’t attend The Living Closer Together Symposium, here’s a short recap of the ideas explored across the four panels.
Jurien Bay and Wedge Island in Western Australia were landscapes once dominated by informal settlements. However, suburban developments are now reaching WA's central coast. Felix Joensson, from our West Coast partners Future West, asks the question – how do we create beachfront suburbs with soul?
In collaboration with RMIT Design Hub, Assemble Papers is excited to bring you Season 1 of our podcast, 'Supercast', exploring the sensory experience of built and unbuilt environments. Listen now at supercast.fm.
Parklets are democratic - made for the public, they cannot be controlled by private interests. In the latest instalment in our series of articles from our West Coast partners, 'Future West', researcher Amelia Thorpe looks at why parklets are so popular.
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.
What will the museum of the future be like? Senior curator at ACCA Annika Kristensen considers the meaning of 'civic' architecture and how an institution might contribute to the public good. It's the latest in our series of articles from Future West – a West Coast publication rethinking the future of urbanism through Western Australia.
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.
Using jellyfish as a motif to examine consumption, environmental degradation and other critical issues associated with global warming, Penelope Davis's 'Sea-change' considers the future of climate change through the eyes of the ocean. We recently caught up with Penelope to find out about the process behind a work that poetically evokes the symbiosis – at once beautiful and monstrous – between humans and nature.
Berlin-based architect Kristien Ring speaks with Geoffrey London about the German phenomenon of apartment-building design and development driven by citizens. It's the latest instalment in our series of articles shared from 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)', a new print publication considering the future of urbanism through Perth and Western Australia.
If urban planners, developers and local citizens engage on driving density in Perth, they might just find there's a lot of common ground, says urbanist Nic Temov in this article from Issue Two of 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)' – a new print publication considering the future of urbanism through the lens of Perth and Western Australia.
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In our second article shared from 'Future West (Australian Urbanism)', a new print publication considering the future of urbanism through the lens of Perth and Western Australia, Brad Pettitt and Peter Newman consider how a WA-based solar project might advance the future of home solar technology, with over one in five households in Perth now generating solar energy.
Since 1986, Fringe Furniture has been encouraging experimentation in emerging and established designers alike across the areas of object design, furniture, sculpture, lighting and art. In this special Made In Metropolis profile of a Melbourne institution, we speak to Fringe Furniture founder Bruce Filley about the evolution of the exhibition, and to current associate producer Vanessa Wright about what's in store for the future.
At just 36 square metres, this miniscule Darlinghurst studio was the ideal challenge for interior designer (and small footprint living enthusiast) Sarah Jamieson's first apartment project. Drawing on her background in fine arts and installation, Sarah renovated the studio – housed inside a 1929 art-deco building – with the goal of maximising space while remaining sensitive to its original form.
Almost a year after their first exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, 1-OK Club’s second effort is finally here! We’re proud to be presenting it at the current Assemble Papers HQ, 122 Roseneath St. Opening Friday 1 July, ‘WORKS 44-52’ will see nine designers showcase nine new works both #IRL and digitally. We caught up with Dale and André ahead of the opening.
We're sure you've heard by now of the Brutalist Block Party, the May-long program of events we're presenting with Open House Melbourne. Central to BBP is the involvement of Melbourne creative studio Practise Studio Practise, who'll be presenting a spatial installation, two workshops, and a dining series with Otis Armada. We catch up with PSP ahead of the event.
Photographer Morgan Hickinbotham works across the fashion, design, architecture and commercial spheres. Seeing and thinking in sound and vision, he also makes music and video art. He is interested in the aesthetic of imperfection, or, as he says, “the minor narratives that are otherwise locked up inside the bigger picture.” Here he shares this series shot across seasons and emotions, in Japan.
The Fifth Estate's Willow Aliento speaks to Dane O’Shanassy, Patagonia Australia and New Zealand general manager, about the rise of the "conscious consumer" and how good business can actually inspire its customers to buy less. Find out how the renowned B Corporation-certified outdoor clothing and equipment company "uses business to inspire solutions to deal with the environmental crisis."
As The Fifth Estate's Cameron Jewell discovers, we’re spending US$550 billion a year on fossil fuel subsidies globally. But freeing up just a small portion of this money could finance access to water, sanitation and electricity for everyone on earth, according to a new commentary piece published in the journal 'Nature Climate Change'.
The second in our Backyard Bungalow series is a beautifully tiny abode belonging to Schoolhouse Studios’ Alice Glenn and her pint-sized sidekick Otis, which is tucked away behind her Auntie’s place in Clifton Hill. The building itself has existed for several decades, but has been coaxed into its current (very comfortable) iteration thanks to a couple of renovations over the years.
With their signature timber facades, the residential projects of architect Clinton Murray remain quintessentially of the Australian coastal spirit. Both in borrowing from, and camouflaging with, their often-natural surroundings, he creates homes that recall the history and texture of the bush – not least because reclaimed timber is his material of choice
Steele Bonus, Marcus King and Dusty Fingers don't miss a beat throwing down everything from afro synth to electro boogie for Heartbeat – a club night straight from the underground. Dusty Fingers aka Marty Doyle shares his November mix with us to get you in the mood. Prepare to move yourself in an unashamedly sexxi way.
Sarah K is the awe-inspiring super-lady behind countless Australian design projects, ideas and collaborations. Oh is her tiny corner-mounted gallery in Sydney, the definition of small footprint, which exhibits unique dimension-specific works from some of the world’s most interesting and renowned designers. Bringing Oh to Melbourne for a retrospective at Mr Kitly, Sarah reflects on the life of the gallery so far.
OP(T)I(M)UM-TRANS is Jezadin Nazifovski (Jez) and Matthew Xue (Moopie) – regular fixtures at various late-night establishments around Melbourne. Taking it down a few bpm from their usual peak club activity, they’ve prepared a soothing, zen-inducing lullaby of rare tracks especially for our relaxation. Post-club, pre-bed, mid-stress – this mix guarantees swift passage to the chill zone.