in Print

#8: Metropolis.

Presented in partnership with MPavilion and the inaugural Living Cities Forum, issue #8 muses on the power of cities and their citizens to instigate and enact global change. In a year of populism and crises, it offers counter-examples of how we can live together well, with words and ideas from OMA’s David Gianotten, Rory Hyde, Dan Hill, Carolyn Whitzman, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Chen Wei, and many others.

David Gianotten: Activating Democracy

Traditionally, the architectural pavilion has offered a site for experimentation and the exploration of new ideas. On the eve of the launch of this year's OMA-designed MPavilion, Esther Anatolitis spoke to David Gianotten (Managing Partner-Architect and director of OMA Asia) about designing for democracy and buildings as infrastructures for public debate.

AP PRINT ISSUE #8: METROPOLIS.

Our 8th print issue of Assemble Papers, ‘Metropolis.’, muses on the power of cities and their citizens to instigate and enact global change. AP editor Jana Perkovic shares her thoughts on the evolution of the issue, published in partnership with this year's MPavilion.

Carolyn Whitzman: The Meaning of Consensus

Being able to work across our differences is crucial if we are to solve the housing crisis in Melbourne, says urban planning professor Carolyn Whitzman, of University of Melbourne. Whitzman's background in activism now underpins her work on solving Melbourne's housing crisis: she describes her research as trying to make social change happen through experiments in deliberative democracy.

The Adjacent Possible: A Centre for Everything x Rory Hyde

An architect working as a curator and an artist whose interventions fall consistently outside the white cube tradition – Rory Hyde and Gabrielle de Vietri are two practitioners redefining the boundaries of their respective fields. The pair talk to our Eugenia Lim about how art and architecture can engage with critical issues in an era of radical change.

Dan Hill: Tactile Cities

From designing the first podcasts to designing cities, from Monocle to Arup, for more than a decade Dan Hill has been at the forefront of digital technologies and their influence in shaping our everyday living. His work escapes definition, but let's try: Dan Hill gives urban planners and architects words, to help them imagine a better future.

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.

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.

City Gardens: A Hidden Oasis

North Melbourne's City Gardens apartment complex is a haven of communal living, complete with kindergarten, vegetable patches, clothing bins and rooftop hives. Elizabeth Campbell spoke to some of the residents of the Peter McIntyre-designed buildings to learn how collective living works – and see more of the unique spaces they call home.

Co-op City: Zürich’s experiment with non-profit housing

Alexis Kalagas surveys the ebbs and flows of Zurich's co-operative housing movement. From the seminal Kraftwerk1 development in the early 2000s, via Mehr als Wohnen ('more than living') project, to Kalkbreite, completed just three years ago – what can we glean from Switzerland's extended experimentation with the co-operative model?

Mimi Zeiger: Radical Hope

Critic, curator, editor and provocateur Mimi Zeiger has written three books on tiny houses. Now, she turns to utopia: how do speculative fictions and futurisms drive architecture? Her hometown of Los Angeles is a case in point, a depository of radical dreams, be it Afro-Futurism or a promise of downtown walkability.

Chen Wei: The Club

China’s nightclub scene emerged in the early 1990s as a crucial place for collective gathering, quickly becoming a new meeting place for intellectuals and artists where radical ideas and thoughts could be freely exchanged. Today, Chen Wei has painstakingly researched, recreated and photographed a visual archive of '90s Chinese club culture in an effort to document these revolutionary settings.

Share Yaraicho

Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho.