Contributor: Jana Perkovic

Jana Perković is the editor of Assemble Papers. Her twin background in urban design research and contemporary dance ensures she never runs out of things to say about how we co-exist in big and small spaces. Jana subscribes to the credo that everything is doable, but not everything is worth doing. She moonlights as the dance critic for The Age.

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Nurturing Collective Creativity: Naomi Milgrom

Melbourne may be Australia's arts capital, but Naomi Milgrom is now pushing it to the forefront of Australia’s design conversation. Jana Perković speaks to the woman behind MPavilion and Living Cities Forum about the importance of dialogue and disagreement.

Future Method: Land, Treaty, Property

Future Method Studio work across architecture, installation and speculative projects. Led by architecture practitioners and pedagogues Joel Sherwood-Spring and Genevieve Murray, Future Method is a unique practice in the Australian architecture landscape to put participation and decolonisation at the heart of their agenda.

Playable Cities: Hilary O’Shaughnessy

Cities around the world are rapidly growing a new layer of digital infrastructure. But who, outside of the few data engineers, knows what information is being collected and to what purpose? This is something Hilary O'Shaughnessy wants to change. Her project Playable Cities aims to restore agency and creativity to the 'smart city' - and includes dancing under street lights.

Unfolding Pavilion

Many people don't know that there is social housing throughout Venice: in the 1970s, the city embarked on an ambitious process of commissioning architecturally significant public housing projects that artfully blend into the city's medieval urban fabric. Possibly the best of them is Gino Valle's project in Giudecca, which featured in Unfolding Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Jana Perković spoke to the curators about why social housing still matters.

Saskia Sassen: The Limits of the Material

Prof Saskia Sassen spent her career researching the processes underpinning globalisation. Her early work described the rise of the new class of high-paid consultants, concentrating in a few 'global cities' and displacing ordinary families. Lately, she has turned her attention to the global housing boom. How have buildings become a speculative asset class? In conversation with Jana Perković, she explains what has happened since the Global Financial Crisis.

Carme Pinós: A Social Constellation

For Catalan architect Carme Pinós, form follows social responsibility – beauty is a by-product of an architecture that places people, memory, context and physics first. Pinós's Mediterranean sensibility unfolds in her 2018 MPavilion commission here in Melbourne. She speaks to our editor Jana Perković about how buildings express their structure and architecture as an act of humanity.

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.

Paola Balla: Blak Matriarchy

Much of Paola Balla's everyday work involves deconstructing the invisible privilege of whiteness. The Aboriginal artist and curator speaks with Jana Perković about blak matriarchal feminism, and being invited back to curate for a second time at ACCA.

All The Queens Men: The Poetics of Partying

Many artists dream of the day their art will truly change someone's life. By taking performance out of art venues and into everyday spaces, the folks behind LGBTI Dance Club and The Coming Back Out Ball have done just that.

AP#9: Radical Family

As feminists, we at Assemble Papers spend a lot of time thinking about the enabling and constricting structures of family.

ZK/U: Workable Utopias

In 2012, a Berlin art collective signed a 40-year peppercorn lease on a disused railway depot in suburban Berlin. Five years later, Centre for Art and Urbanism (ZK/U) has become a recognised hub of urban innovation and social activism. On the eve of ZK/U’s fifth birthday celebrations, Jana Perkovic chats to ZK/U co-founder and director Matthias Einhoff about ZK/U’s past, present and future. 

On breaking no law – Berlin by bicycle

What are the conditions for a thriving culture in our cities, by day and by night? Bicycles, walkability, public transport, density, opera? Urban designer and 'theatrist' Jana Perkovic argues that it's the sum of all these parts that makes cities liveable – the built environment and also our corresponding way of life. She dispatches this opinion piece while bicycling around Berlin by night.