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An update on our community-in-the-making!


We’re delighted to announce our 122 Roseneath St. early registration sales day was a phenomenal success. So far, 56 new friends (incl. seven of us from the development team) have decided to call ‪122 Roseneath St.‬ Clifton Hill home. For us, the biggest highlight to date has been meeting all our new neighbours. We think it’s the people, more than anything, that make this project so special.


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We’ve got a site!


We’ve got a site! Together with our development partners Wulff Projects and Icon Co, we’re excited to announce we’ve acquired 122 Roseneath Street – nestled in a leafy pocket of Clifton Hill, a stone’s throw from the Merri Creek trail. Working closely with the Clifton Hill community and The City of Yarra, we’ve submitted a town planning application for our first small footprint residential development. Through a mix of studios, apartments, townhouses, retail and communal spaces – our ethos and philosophy will finally take built form.

We are committed to early engagement with the community and councils. The town planning application for 122 Roseneath Street has been significantly influenced by lengthy consultation with nearby residents and The City of Yarra. Through this consultation, we have made a range of design changes to enhance the development, respond to ideas and suggestions, and to improve interface conditions.

For more information about the town planning application, head to: and to register your interest in our future projects, point yourself this way:

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Assemble x tin&ed – Utopia City workshop

So… another year of Open House Melbourne is officially under wraps! And we are so proud to have been part of all the excitement in 2015. Sunday 26 July marked our Utopia City workshop for kids (big and small) – presented in collaboration with grown-up designers tin&ed, who generously applied their playful direction to our quickly growing metropolis.

Using recycled dowel and Educational Colours modelling clay, we invited budding city-builders to dream up and create their very own Utopian City – and what better place to do so than overlooking the CBD, high up from the John Wardle and NADAAA-designed Melbourne School of Design (one of the many buildings that opened its doors to the public for Open House this year).

Among some of the mind-bending structures the day produced, we observed cleverly constructed bridges, many skyscrapers, and some very sophisticated pavilions – all employing the colour blue favourably! We’re confident the day was a huge success with one tiny city builder declaring, “I’m free next weekend to come back and build again!”

Check out our Facebook gallery to see what our future city-designers have in store for Melbourne – we managed to capture a few snaps before younger sibling ‘city-destroyers’ swept in!

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Assemble at Open House Melbourne


Open House Melbourne has kept us extra busy this year, with not one, not two, but three events we’re either presenting or supporting in the lead-up and over the weekend (25-26 July). Put the following dates in your diary.

Better Living Forum – Tue 21 July
How do we address issues of housing liveability and affordability with a growing population? In response to the Victorian Government’s Better Apartments Discussion Paper (and our own Small Footprint Living Survey), we’re proud to support the Better Living Forum. Come hear a lawyer, economist, architect, planner (and many more) urban professionals speak on their visions for the growth of our city

Utopia City with tin&ed – Sun 26 July
Along with mischievous design duo tin&ed, we’ll be hosting two collaborative city-building workshops for kids (big and small) using all sorts of recycled materials and modelling clay thanks to Educational Colours. Contribute your creation to a growing metropolis that will evolve over the course of the day. City-lovers of all ages welcome (parents must be supervised by children, hehe).

Barbicania screening and panel discussion – Sun 26 July
On the Assemble Papers front – we’re proud to support the Australian premiere of Barbicania, a kooky homage to that temple of Brutalist architecture and the latest film by Living Architectures directors Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine. Presented by Open House Melbourne and (in association with us and supported by DADo) – go team! Tickets available here.

Drop by, say hello and discover your #curiocity throughout the programme – we’d love to see you!

Image credit: Film still from Barbicania courtesy Open House Melbourne.

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Small Footprint Living Survey


Our dedicated team at Assemble has been working hard to come up with a meaningful response to the current, complex debate on apartment design standards… And now we need your help! Following the release of ‘Better Apartments, A Discussion Paper’ by Victorian Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne MP – and renewed discussion amongst policymakers across the country – we are proud to announce the national Assemble Small Footprint Living Survey.

We’re reaching out to you – homebuyers, renters, developers, planners, architects and city-lovers alike – to tell us how you live now, and how you’d like to live in the future. Once you’ve shared your thoughts and experiences, you’ll get the opportunity to win a weekender with our friends at Hotel Hotel in Canberra!

Based on the survey findings we will prepare a detailed report made publicly available through the Assemble website. We’ll also submit the report to the Victorian Government as part of the consultation period for ‘Better Apartments, A Discussion Paper’, and use it as a conversation starter to engage with industry stakeholders and policymakers nationwide.

Our hope extends beyond influencing policy to also providing industry decision makers and home-buyers with a well-informed, useful resource that is representative of the greater community and their values.

Your input is crucial in determining the balance between the most important design factors and your budget, ultimately supplying a higher standard of living. The time to get involved is now. Show your commitment by further pollinating conversation and influencing action that rewards clever, considered design.

Illustration for Assemble by Alice Oehr 


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Fieldwork speaking at PROCESS


On the first Monday evening of every month, the Victorian Young Architects & Graduates network (VYAG) presents PROCESS – a series of free public lectures and panel discussions on architecture, design and urbanism. Next Monday 4th May our two Fieldwork directors Ben and Quino will share their thoughts and experiences on how to start up – and run – a successful architecture studio in the ‘How to architect’ edition of PROCESS. Ben and Quino will join Anthony Clarke of BLOXAS, Wesley Spencer of Rara Architecture, and Aaron Roberts from Hobart’s Room 11 Architects to discuss different ways of structuring a business, including how to win projects and retain clients, establish sustainable working methods and seamlessly transition between different modes of thought. For those dreaming of breaking away and setting up their own little niche in the architecture industry (or curious as to how it’s done), come join us for a drink or two and to hear some advice from the inside – 6.30pm at LOOP, 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne.

Image: Longley House, by Room 11 Architects. Photographed by Ben Hosking and Jonathan Wherrett via Room 11.

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MRelay at MPavilion


Last weekend, Assemble co-director Giuseppe (Pino) Demaio joined the extensive line-up of artists, designers, architects, writers and thinkers wielding the microphone at MPavilion’s all-day MRelay talk-fest. Curated around four central themes—Pavilions, Intimate Publics, Dreaming and Nocturne—each conversation session was both thought-provoking and exhilarating, as each speaker took up their post as interviewer after being interrogated as interviewee. As part of the opening segment, Pavilions, John Denton of architects Denton Corker Marshall asked Pino all the hard questions, and then Pino gave a great interview to Office For Good Design lead, Dan Honey. The session was rounded out by artist Callum Morton probing activist and historian Gary Foley about setting up the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra in the ‘70s and his time touring with British punk band, The Clash in the early ‘80s, speaking out for Aboriginal rights. Thanks to MPavilion for conceiving a truly epic and enjoyable event—we’re very much looking forward to next year!

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Bloom design charrette at MPavilion


We were in playful spirits yesterday despite Melbourne’s rather gloomy skies—we got hands on at MPavilion as part of the BLOOM intensive design charrette. Designed and developed by Alisa Andrasek and Jose Sanchez at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture, BLOOM is an interactive, collective sculpture game and urban toy made up of different elements that can be assembled in many different ways. A competitive-collaborative effort alongside fellow Melbourne studios SIBLING, Edwards Moore and ARM Architecture, the event was a frenzied flurry of mental and physical action as the teams crafted a series of pink, skeletal masterpieces that sat somewhere within the broad spectrum of wacky to wearable. Thanks go out to MPavilion and RMIT Design Hub for orchestrating the event, and to our fellow sculpture builders—an excellent time was had by all. We’ll be dreaming in fluoro pink for the next few days…

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Our studio in Braun’s Studios and Workshops book


Our Northcote studio has been immortalised in print in Braun Publishing‘s 2014 title Studios & Workshops: Spaces for Creatives. Profiling large and small spaces alike, including Studio O+a‘s fit out for The Giant Pixel Corporation‘s headquarters in San Francisco and Studio R’s Sao Paulo headquarters by Studiomk27, it’s a great reference book for designers, design-lovers, and those simply curious to see how others work. Following our inclusion in Gestalten‘s 2013 compilation Work Scape we’re proud to be part of the ongoing dreaming and debate around innovative workplace design. Images courtesy of Braun Publishing.


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Assemble Papers Issue #2!


It’s exciting times here at Assemble HQ – our second print edition has left the press. Content for this issue has been curated around the theme ‘The Space Between’, inspired by Melbourne’s new MPavilion annual temporary architecture commission and to the ‘choreography’ of the spaces that surround and connect architectural structures. Turn the pages for interviews with iconic Melbourne City Designer, Rob Adams, musings from OMA’s David Gianotten, alongside perspectives on modernist pioneer Roy Grounds, a profile on a recent project by local studio Edwards Moore, and insights into the genre-defying body architect Lucy McRae. Thank you to Scanlan Theodore and MPavilion for partnering on this issue, to Tristan Main for the design and typesetting, and, as always, huge thanks to our readers and contributors who continue to sustain our efforts. Pick up your copy (for free!) at MPavilion, Scanlan Theodore, selected Aesop stores and other like-minded shops, cafes and galleries throughout Melbourne.

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