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#3: Communal Culture

Issue #3 takes an expansive and inspired look at collective and collaborative living, with profiles, interviews and conversations with NORD Architects Copenhagen (DK), Natalie Jeremijenko (AUS/US), CUCULA (GER), Keiji Ashizawa (JPN), Anthony Powell (NZ), Clare Cousins (AUS), Tsubasa Kato (JPN), Julia Busuttil Nishimura (AUS) and many more.

Casa Iberica on Johnston Street

Casa Iberica has single-handedly been providing Melbourne with hard-to-find Spanish and Portuguese smallgoods and culinary essentials since Jose and Alice de Sousa opened its doors in 1973, and it continues to flourish under the shrewd management of current owner, Jose and Alice's godson Paulo. We caught up with Paul over one of Casa Iberica's legendary sandwiches.

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.

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.

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.

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

French Onion Soup with Gruyere Toasts

Julia Busuttil Nishimura's slow food blog, Ostro, is a beautiful archive of dishes lovingly created by her hand. Here she shares with us a dish she's inherited from her mother (and to which she's given her own unique twist) – a classic French Onion Soup.

Ngurra, Wanga

Three years ago, photographer Tim Hillier began documenting Indigenous Hip Hop Projects as they toured their youth cultural programs throughout regional and remote Australian communities. Since then, he's been behind the lens watching young people dance, paint, perform and find a voice for each of their unique stories – and in doing so, has been adding to his own.

Modesty and materiality: Keiji Ashizawa

Keiji Ashizawa’s hats are many. As an architect, product designer and erstwhile steel fabricator, his work spans vast luxury residences to tiny tealight holders. There’s a common vernacular no matter the size or context – a lightness and conciseness informed by Japanese simplicity, modernist pragmatism and a deep understanding of his materials.

Edible only: the community garden

Kate Rhodes is co-curator at RMIT Design Hub, a purpose-built space dedicated to design thinking across research, exhibition and critique. When not striding the halls of the glacial Sean Godsell/Peddle Thorp building, Kate observes a cycle of a very different nature: the seasonal changes of her 8m2 kitchen garden plot at the North Fitzroy Community Rushall Garden. Here, Kate shares her gardening tips.

Clare Cousins in the meeting room at the Blackwood Street Bunker. Photograph by Daniel Aulsebrook.

Clare Cousins: Buildings to Breathe In

Clare Cousins remembers The Barbican. She was eight years old and living in London. Her father, a specialist surgeon had brought the family to the city via Berlin, and young Clare had her eyes open. She couldn’t articulate it at the time, but the Barbican’s imposing structure and raw textural qualities made an impression. Nadia Saccardo talks to Clare about her team's “collaborative, small-steps approach.”

CUCULA: All Together Now

Worldwide, our treatment of refugees leaves much to be desired. As the Guardian’s Ian Traynor writes, “immigration is one of the most toxic and incendiary topics in the national politics of so many countries". At a micro level, collectives such as Berlin’s CUCULA are countering hostility through collaborative design. Eugenia Lim speaks to co-founder Corinna Sy about crafting a culture of welcome.