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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

Communal culture

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.

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.

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.

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.

Improvised living: Joseph L. Griffiths

“Listen to the smallest detail”. So says Joseph L. Griffiths, a kind of neo-archeologist whose work encompasses drawing, installation, "improvised architectures" and interventions into natural and urban environments. For Joseph, routine and repetition can be pleasurable. And, if infused with a bit of punk irreverence, the mundane can even become art.

Unbroken futures

If the “City of Lights” can turn off its switches, the nights may darken but the future stays bright. In December 2012, the French minister for energy and environment, Delphine Batho announced plans to switch off all lights inside and outside shops, office and public buildings (including the Eiffel tower) on Paris’ Champs Elysees between 1am-7am beginning July 2013.

Potts Point apartment

Anthony Gill Architects is a small, Sydney-based firm, garnering plaudits for its "modest and, hopefully, timeless" architecture across hospitality, retail and residential projects. Potts Point apartment is a clever, compact design that considers the life of its inhabitants – the architect's own family of three – its guiding principle. Welcome to a humble, inviting and sustainable home.

Emotional world optimism: Hiromi Tango

Artist Hiromi Tango is always between homes. A nomad of sorts, her large-scale installations magnify a private world while bringing universal emotions into focus. Working with urban and regional artists and communities, Hiromi finds herself constantly negotiating home as a site that is internal and external, stretching beyond the conventions of a picket fence, four walls, a roof.

The ethicurean age

Welcome to Assemble Papers, a young publication with an old soul exploring the culture of living closer together and small footprint life. Assemble Papers stands for optimism and the hunger to understand context; to join the dots between the ideal and the practical; to advocate for the local while participating in an international conversation.