Contributor: Ben Clement

Ben Clement is a NZ-born, Melbourne-based photographer who has been forging his style and pushing the envelope as a practicing photo-artist and professional in London, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and beyond. Ben combines his projects with his lifestyle to make authentic and honest work. He is Head Content Producer for Hard Workers Club & Co-Coordinator of the Independent Photography Festival.

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City Gardens: A Hidden Oasis

North Melbourne's City Gardens apartment complex is a haven of communal living, complete with kindergarten, vegetable patches, clothing bins and rooftop hives. Elizabeth Campbell spoke to some of the residents of the Peter McIntyre-designed buildings to learn how collective living works – and see more of the unique spaces they call home.

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toasts

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's slow food blog, Ostro, is a beautiful archive of dishes lovingly created by her hand. Here she shares with us a dish she's inherited from her mother (and to which she's given her own unique twist) – a classic French Onion Soup.

Backyard Bungalows: Murray Barker

Murray Barker's garage conversion is a nice note on which to wrap up our Backyard Bungalows series. To maximise his compact 18sqm space, he makes great use of the outdoor areas either side of it. Referencing Donovan Hill's D House, Murray has added windows and shutters that encourage interaction with the laneway and the life upon it—while still providing natural light and privacy when required.

Backyard Bungalows: Alice and Otis

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.