Celebrating and exploring the importance of context in our future environments, issue #6 looks at architecture, settlements and urban designs to smaller-scale solutions and artistic ideas with big implications.
With their research-based practice spanning installation, performance, mapping and video, London-based spatial practitioners Cooking Sections (a.k.a. Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe) are dedicated to exploring intersections between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics through the lens of food – just don’t call them foodies.
Opened in 1975 by Joe and Vicky Aiello, Flower of Sorrento is a hidden diamond in the inner-northern Melbourne suburb of Clifton Hill. Now run by the couple's children, Flower of Sorrento has withstood the demise of similar stores in the area, remaining a favourite among locals thanks to its enduring and indispensable charm.
Taking place for the third time in 2016, this year's MPavilion comes from the architect Bijoy Jain of Indian architectural practice Studio Mumbai. We met up with Jain at Robin Boyd's Walsh Street House in Melbourne to discuss Jain's characteristic interest in traditional craftsmanship and human connectedness to the landscape, and to find out the story behind his MPavilion design.
"There’s a reason why journalist and urban activist Jane Jacobs’s reflections on the 'intricate ballet' of the city have endured for urban planners and everyday city-dwellers alike, despite being penned half a century ago." – Sara Savage introduces the sixth print issue of Assemble Papers, 'Future Local'.
More than just a place of worship – the Australian Islamic Centre embodies the experience of being a modern-day Australian Muslim. Co-designer Hakan Elevli and building director Mohammed Haddara sit down with Emma Telfer to discuss their unexpected collaboration with Glenn Murcutt and the process of creating a contemporary Australian mosque.
At the 20th Biennale of Sydney, two works by Keg de Souza and Richard Bell addressed the widespread marginalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices in Australia, and those of the country's various migrant populations. Genevieve Murray speaks with the artists about the significance of those works and the ways both artists utilise space to generate conversation around inequality.
Sometimes the best meals are the most fleeting. You know the ones – when you don't even have time to sit at the table and end up devouring the meal over the kitchen bench. In our latest Home Made instalment, Julia Busuttil Nishimura (of slow food blog OSTRO) uses fresh spring vegetables and the perfect batter to create her take on vegetable tempura in a matter of minutes.
From geothermal tourist sites in Iceland to the so-called failed experiment of Biosphere 2, the world in Chicago-based photographer Judy Natal's 'Future Perfect' series explores the ever-changing landscapes of Earth and our relationships to them, as humans entangled in a global ecological framework. Here, she describes how she created her vision of the future from fragments of a very real present.
Since 2013, Melbourne community garden initiative 3000 Acres has been enabling residents to better access to their city by activating underutilised spaces in urbanised environments. Founded by landscape architect Kate Dundas, 3000 Acres was inspired by a similar New York-based initiative, and has found unique regenerative potential in the grey areas, nooks and crannies of Melbourne’s ever-adapting urban fabric.
More apartments are currently constructed in Melbourne than detached houses – but how can we account for their quality? Using the ‘Baugruppen’ of Berlin as inspiration, Katherine Sundermann considers a paradigm shift towards involving residents in the development of their homes, adding prospects of affordability, quality and self-expression to future multi-residential projects.
South Melbourne's City Edge, built in the early '70s, is inner-city medium-density housing at its finest, with its 'urban village' design by Daryl Jackson and Evan Walker rendering it a landmark development of its time. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Tom Ross head to City Edge to chat with residents about City Edge's significance and value to Melbourne's built heritage.
Inside the 16-storey Keeling House in London's Bethnal Green, PR specialist Amee Patel and illustrator Karl Maier (one half of transatlantic duo Craig & Karl) welcome us into their Brutalist maisonette inspired by the Japanese concept of 'zakka'. Rachel Elliot-Jones and photographer Morgan Brown drop in on the couple to chat about their work, their daily routines and their Brutally beautiful London abode.