Contributor: Emily Wong

Emily Wong is a landscape architect who grew up on a steady diet of science fiction. A long time member of the AP editorial team, she is now the editor of Landscape Australia. Emily directs TERRA FODA, a Melbourne-based studio exploring future scenarios through food and the act of eating. She is always looking for ways to combine architecture and her former background in law.

Share Yaraicho

Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho.

Tsuno: Roslyn Campbell

TSUNO is a young, female-friendly social enterprise manufacturing environmentally and socially sustainable menstrual wear. Emily Wong spoke to TSUNO founder and design-brain Roslyn Campbell about learning through doing, the value of community and breaking down taboos.

Schoolhouse Studios

For the past six years Schoolhouse Studios have channelled their efforts into providing cheap studio spaces to Melbourne artists and creative businesses. About to launch their first-ever fundraising exhibition at their Rupert St home, co-directors Alice Glenn and Hazel Brown tell us the story of the very bumpy road to Schoolhouse success.

Spacebusting: Raumlabor Berlin

Berlin-based architecture collective Raumlabor sees the city as a space for investigation, participation and endless possibilities. With much of its early work spanning the realm of temporary interventions, these days Raumlabor is turning its focus towards more enduring urban transformations. Emily Wong chats to co-director Christof Mayer about working at the intersection of art and city-making.

Daylighting: D.I.R.T. Studio

Virginia-based landscape architect Julie Bargmann of D.I.R.T. Studio creates places that defy traditional notions of nature and beauty. To her, a landscape represents the intertwining of social and ecological cycles, over time. Emily Wong speaks to Julie about how she uses 'toxic beauty' to transform industrial sites into 21st-century public spaces with a past, present and future.

Social Sense: MGS Architects

Can architects be agents for social change? Rob McGauran of MGS Architects in Melbourne speaks to Emily Wong about ‘meaningful’ architecture and ideas that aim to transform the city.

Sawmill House

Balanced along the edge of a former gold mine quarry in Yackandandah, Victoria, Sawmill House is a poetic example of young Melbourne and Hobart-based studio Archier’s belief in open, culturally responsive design. Sawmill explores the adaptable reuse of a major by-product of the building industry – the thousands of tonnes of waste concrete that goes into landfill each year.

Rebel Architecture: Ana Naomi de Sousa

Launched last year by Al Jazeera English, 'Rebel Architecture' is a six-episode documentary series that explores the work of six socially engaged architects who all use the built environment to effect change in their own regional context. British journalist and filmmaker, Ana Naomi de Sousa, produced the series and directed two episodes within it. She visited Melbourne earlier this year

Anthony Powell: Walking on thin ice

Since he first set foot on the stark, white shores of Scott Base, Anthony Powell has spent over one hundred months living, working and filming Antarctica. ‘Antarctica: A Year on Ice’ compiles over a decade in the life of the Kiwi-born engineer turned filmmaker, a meditation on the strange, hypnotic magnetism of this highly fragile yet tempestuous stretch of wilderness.

Fallen wood, sabi spoons: Eugene Howard

Like the smooth cup of a shell, or the curve of a well-worn stone, Eugene Howard senses potential in roughly hewn timber, "there's a spoon waiting in every piece of wood". This new perspective quickly reveals hundreds of not-yet-realised spoons in his garden alone. As the world rushes by, Eugene's practice highlights the timelessness of objects within our daily sphere.

Backyard Bungalows: Alex Kennedy

In our third instalment of Backyard Bungalows, we take a turn through the Carlton North cabin of Alex Kennedy. The 35sqm space was once a car garage amidst the lush garden behind her mum's house, until Alex (and friends) took to it with a hammer and plastering board, and designer Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio helped translate Alex’s ideas around recycled materials and Japanese minimalism into built form.

Michael Madsen Interview: Halden Prison

With the intention of defying the notion of prison as a house of vengeance, Norway’s Halden Prison has become an incredible case study in incarceration as rehabilitation. Director Michael Madsen chose Halden as his subject for the Wim Wenders-led documentary, Cathedrals of Culture. Emily Wong talks to Madsen about his choice of subject, and the idea of architecture as power.