in Print

#14: Work


Life feels a little like a work in progress at the moment, doesn’t it? The centre of business is no longer in the city, surpassed by the screen and long-distance working. The way we work has shifted – emerging technologies, big tech and shared economies have created both opportunity and unexpected outcomes.

Inbetween Lands

In INBETWEEN, the exhibition selected to represent Australia at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, Australasian architecture takes centre stage. Curated by Jefa Greenaway, a Wailwan and Kamilaroi man and director of Greenaway Architects, and Tristan Wong, director at SJB; the installation offers a filmic response to the Biennale’s theme: “How will we live together?”.

Public Moments: Reconnecting to Place

Since the first stone was laid in 1839 on Melbourne’s first building, St James’ Old Cathedral, buildings and infrastructure have determined the ways in which we move through the city.

Building Safer Ground: Towards Safer Public Spaces

For many of us, moving through streets, during the day or at night, is a complex exercise.

Sinking In: Queering Spaces

In 2018, during the exhibition series WORKAROUND at the RMIT Design Hub, musician and architecture academic Simona Castricum took matters of gender into her own hands. Creating her own bathroom sign pictograms, she replaced the male and female bathroom signs – with a colleague’s help – with her own signs, that focused on whether or […]

The Cost of Womanhood

I first wrote this piece in 2017. I had been writing a lot about the gender pay gap and how the official figure was not just underestimating the problem, it was actually misleading in how little it described the realities of women’s economic lives. I wanted to write a data story about how a lifetime […]

Free to Feed: Soul Food

Free to Feed is a Melbourne-based social enterprise that creates empowering employment opportunities for refugees and people seeking asylum through the creation of shared food experiences. They facilitate community interconnectivity and break the stifling sense of social isolation often faced by these new arrivals. Through the delivery of cooking classes, catering, and one-off seasonal workshops, […]

Tree-change: Notes on Rural Ireland

Last year my family and I moved from London, our home of 10 years, to settle in rural Ireland. Because of the arbitrary fact that I deal with words and numbers – rather than, say, my hands – my work can be done almost anywhere. Our parting with the city was bittersweet – we’re passionate […]

The Eight Hour Commute

For some, life is a constant imbalance of commute and labor, often with no end in sight. Commuting these days is a means to an end and shortening the time it takes, a drive towards optimal productivity. From Elon Musk’s ‘hyperloop’, claiming to carry passengers in 29 minutes from New York to Washington, or closer […]

Unseen Labours: Deathcare as Essential Service

The origins of this photo series lie in a desire to explore the hidden-in-plain-sight spaces of death and memorialisation that exist in every city as well as to celebrate the labour of Melbourne’s deathcare workers. It started as a collaboration between scholars from the DeathTech Research Team at The University of Melbourne and Bri Hammond, […]

Gig Workers & Home Consumers

The gig economy is here to stay. Convenience is comfort for many, but how are the people working for that convenience faring?Now more than ever, our lives are being delivered at all hours, mostly by gig workers and facilitated by the digital platforms built and run by multi-national corporations. Exasperated by the COVID-19 pandemic, a […]

Community in Process: Cultivating Belonging

If 2020 taught us anything, it is that strong, local social connections are vital when communities are faced with life-changing disruptions. Even in the absence of bushfires and global pandemics, or the unknown shock events that are yet to come, local-level social cohesion is important to maintaining thriving, safe and healthy communities. In established places, […]