Contributor: Eugenia Lim

Eugenia is an artist who uses video, installation and performance to activate people in private and public space. She was AP's founding editor-in-chief and has returned as editor-at-large. In art and life, she is interested in the intersection between the personal and the geopolitical. Agnès Varda is her hero.

Ugly-beautiful Australia: Eugenia Lim

“There can be few other nations less certain than Australia as to what they are and where they are,” wrote Robin Boyd in The Australian Ugliness (1960), his examination of the national aesthetics. In 2018, artist and Assemble Papers founding editor Eugenia Lim contemporised the book's provocations in a video installation that will soon travel to Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) for The National 2019. Here, Lim reflects on the book's enduring themes - and how our relationship to architecture is as personal as it is political.

AP#10: Housing

Who gets to decide how we all reside? Jana Perković and Eugenia Lim introduce the tenth print issue of Assemble Papers, dedicated to housing for all, and published in partnership with MPavilion.

Laura & Megan: Personal Politics

Australians Laura Castagnini and Megan Wong moved to London four years ago to pursue their passions: contemporary art and political activism. Between feminist art history and human rights law, this is a couple whose shared life is dedicated to shifting culture. We visit their home in Camberwell, close to radical art spaces, farmers' markets and tiny green parks.

Marisa Yiu: Prototyping the City

In two years, Marisa Yiu will finally add architecture ‘proper’ to her portfolio, when a built project goes up with her firm among its designers. But, for now, the in-demand architect relishes working beyond built form, in an inventive realm where design advocacy and pedagogy meets the social and cultural development of people and their cities.

Mierle Laderman Ukeles: A Human Being is the Whole World

'After the revolution, who's going to pick up the garbage on Monday morning?', asked artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles in her Manifesto for Maintenance Art 1969! Eugenia Lim converses with the New York City Department of Sanitation's long-time official artist-in-residence about womanhood, motherhood and the social ecologies of our cities.

Edition Office: Amplifying the Everyday

With art-grade site 'portraits' and sculptural building models, Edition Office is not your usual architecture office. On the eve of the opening of their new building for Gertrude Contemporary, Eugenia Lim speaks to directors Aaron Roberts and Kim Bridgland.

AP Print Issue #5: The Ecological Age

What can art do? What can architecture do? Who holds the right to the city? Are nature and culture one and the same? How does thought become action? In this issue, my final as editor, I am preoccupied with these questions; questions I feel are personal, political and universal.

Hawapi: Outside in the Anthropocene

HAWAPI is a site-specific art residency held in a different location in Peru each year: from post-earthquake Pisco to the remote Pariacaca, a tropical glacier above Lima. In the lead up to this year’s edition, Eugenia Lim asked festival director Maxim Holland about HAWAPI’s philosophy of art with purpose and poignancy.

AP Print Issue #4: The Architecture of Wellbeing

This issue, we explore people and projects who encourage interconnectedness with the world around.

Cities for citizens: Lucinda Hartley

After working in the slums of Vietnam and Cambodia, Lucinda Hartley returned to Melbourne hungry to continue collaborative, community-driven approaches to design. In 2010, she co-founded CoDesign Studio, a cross-disciplinary design and placemaking social enterprise based in Collingwood, Melbourne.

Another 365 days around the sun

Since I was last sitting in the Assemble studio we’ve orbited another 365 days around the sun. As I start back as editor, I return to an energised and expanded publication, thanks to the tenacity and vision of Rachel Elliot-Jones and the rest of the Assemble team. Here, a brief reflection and a vision for the future.

The science of citizens: Natalie Jeremijenko

Global climate specialists have a way of banding together for Natalie Jeremijenko. But, instead of hailing from chemistry labs or policy offices, they live in water, soil and the air we breathe—and they dance the biochar-cha-cha. These unconventional collaborators are the mussels, microbes, amphibians, fish and other ‘cross-species’ Jeremijenko so admires, whose behaviours are fundamental to her work.

AP Print Issue #3: Communal culture

Welcome to issue three of Assemble Papers in print. Themed ‘communal culture’, we take an expansive look at collective and collaborative living – from the wintery depths of Scott Base, Antarctica, to the flood-prone community of sub-tropical Awaran, Pakistan; from DIY backyard bungalows to neighbourhood-defining architecture in Copenhagen.

Law Street House

One of our favourite small footprint residential projects in Melbourne is the Law Street House, lovingly built by the hands of owner-architects, Bruno Mendes and Amy Muir of Muir Mendes. A poker-faced steel façade conceals the second storey within a cleverly-angled roof pitch. Clean and contemporary while retaining the quintessential ‘houseness’ of the site’s former Victorian worker’s cottage.

A Common Name: Paige Smith

You might have met a Paige Smith before. What distinguishes the one in question is her night-time obsession with installing delicate paper minerals or ‘urban geodes’ in nooks and crannies around her city of LA and more recently, beyond (in the US, Mexico and Europe). "I've been exploring most with paper because I love how malleable it is. I've seen it look like a sturdy chair, like lace...fine sculptures".

Earthworks and architecture: Dayne Trower

Architect Dayne Trower is a devotee of the increasingly lost art of model-making. Decidedly formal, his finely-tuned plywood maquettes are hard to place – are they art, architecture, sculpture or model? Devised and crafted over hours and months, they are based on actual sites in and around Melbourne, generally near the eastern suburbs where Dayne spent his childhood.

Heller Street – Part II

Following on from last week's visit to the Heller Street Park and Residences, architect James Legge talks about the ethos behind his design and what it's like to live in a community... with your clients. And, we return to Heller Street with photographer Tim Hillier as we capture the stories and living spaces of the final two neighourhood households.

Heller Street – part I

Introducing the first of our two part special on a medium density project close to our hearts – the Heller Street Park and Residences by iconic Melbourne architects Six Degrees. Completed at the end of 2011, this row of ten handsome timber-clad townhouses marries public and private interests and interactions in a benchmark design for a new model of inner-city multi-dwelling housing in Australian cities.

Slow web and super-ecology

As a city dweller who spends most of my days tapping keys and barely keeping afloat in the constant wash of global sound bites and social media feeds, many days I wonder what this ever-increasing flow of ones, zeros and distractions is leading to. Is it possible to sharpen and sustain a curious mind in a society that demands quick decisions, not thoughtful reflection?

Things revisited: Henry Wilson

Henry Wilson is an old soul. His utilitarian objects riff on the familiar, long-lasting language of inter-war design. What fuels his environmentally-conscious ethos is not flashy, biodegradable processes or what he calls "beating the green drum". Rather, it’s to design only that which is completely necessary; to use his head, hands & heart to craft pieces that will outlive him by many, many lifetimes.

Transformer House

Transformer House sits behind red brick walls on a 50m2 parcel of land, the smallest sub-division in the City of Moreland. An angular, timber-clad roof encases its first floor, folding in and away from a towering transformer, from which the project takes its electrified name. With a suite of obstacles, this design challenge in utilitarian sustainability was no sweat for Brunswick's Breathe.

The elemental architecture of Room11

In this age of status updates and video calls, we relished the opportunity to contemplate – and stand within – the architecture of Room11. Eugenia & filmmaker Jon Mark Oldmeadow traveled to Hobart to meet with Aaron Roberts & Thomas Bailey, co-founders of a practice built upon the mission to create spaces with a social, ecological and environmental conscience.

View from above: creativity in Hong Kong

Late last year, Eugenia journeyed to Hong Kong – a megalopolis with the world’s tallest skyline – and one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Now the world's third largest art auction market, Hong Kong's profile as an international destination for art & commerce is on the rise. What follows is our first international Made in Metropolis, a foray into vertical creativity.

East London Furniture

East London Furniture make useful things from hunted and gathered timber. Sourcing high-quality castoffs from local construction sites, ELF’s furniture is manufactured by hand (and power tool) in a Hackney workshop from 100% recycled materials. Eugenia spoke with co-founder Christian Dillon about ELF’s nimble, “waste-not” approach to design, reuse and making.