in Print

#9: Radical Family

Reporting from a year of action and change, our print issue #9 explores a generous, expanded notion of family, looking at how we actually live in order to propose better housing, architecture and cities. With words, ideas and provocations from Naomi Stead, Timothy Moore, Bree Trevena, Paola Balla, Bhenji Ra, and many others.

Radical Families

"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families.

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.

Embodying Future Forms: Bhenji Ra

At 23, Bhenji Ra fell in love with the fluid forms of gender expression she found in the Philippines. Eugenia Lim talks to Bhenji about the body as a site of political activism, western notions of gender and the ongoing push for recognition from the wider community.

Big Messy Courtyard: Micro Yuan’er

Joanna Bayndrian speaks with Zhang Ke of ZAO/standardarchitecture about Micro Yuan’er, a children’s library and arts centre in old Beijing. In a city that is rapidly urbanising, Micro Yuan'er has become a space for creativity and community.

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.

Sharehomes

Share housing into adulthood has its benefits - cheaper rent, shared household chores and a friendly face to share a cup of tea with. Bri Hammond takes us into six Melbourne share houses, whose occupants would not dream of renting alone.

David & Sean: An Intrinsic Way of Life

Attention to detail and a shared passion for design has seen Melbourne artists David Rosetzky and Sean Meilak transform a rundown terrace into a home filled with light and love.

Planet X: An Intentional Community

The Planet X housing co-op in Sydney's Chippendale area gives members of the LGBTIQA+ community more than just stable housing. Anita Delle-Vergini speaks with Chris Ryan and Holly Zwalf about the life-changing potential of co-op living.

Laura & Megan: Personal Politics

Australians Laura Castagnini and Megan Wong moved to London four years ago to pursue their passions: contemporary art and political activism. Between feminist art history and human rights law, this is a couple whose shared life is dedicated to shifting culture. We visit their home in Camberwell, close to radical art spaces, farmers' markets and tiny green parks.

Balimbing: Filipino Queerness

Gregory Lorenzutti was working in Tacloban City when he met a group of young performers preparing for the first fiesta since Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the region, 18 months earlier. In this photography series, Lorenzutti captures the beauty of Filipino queerness, and the complex story of how LGBTIQ families were affected by the city's rebuilding.

Imagine Ageing: Sibling × Arup

We are living longer than ever before - but what services do we need to ensure livability at all ages? For Sibling architects, researching ageing now is an investment in our own future quality of life. AP editor Jana Perković brings Sibling director Timothy Moore into conversation with Bree Trevena, research manager at Arup Foresight, the engineering firm's think tank on urban futures.

Kids’ City Copenhagen

A combination of people-centric urban design, progressive parental leave policies and heavily subsised childcare is making it easy for families to stay in Copenhagen, rather than head for the suburbs. It is in this context that Kids' City Copenhagen was designed. Janie Green speaks with COBE founder & director Dan Stubbergaard, about the philosophy behind Kids' City.