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Assemble at Open House Melbourne

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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 DIS-cour.se (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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Assemble Papers Issue #1!

Assemble issue Hurrah! The first ever printed edition of Assemble Papers has hit the streets! A long-held dream of the entire team since we began AP more than two years ago, our foray into print aims to expand, reach out and connect with a broader audience, further pollinating the conversation, thinking and action around cities, design, architecture, art and sustainability. We  can’t express our gratitude enough to everyone who supported us on Pozible, our family, friends, dedicated writers and photographers, and of course our ever-expanding network of readers—all of whom guided, promoted and supported us in helping hoist our words (and those of our invaluable contributors) out of the digital realm and into printed form. This first issue continues our exploration of design and small footprint living—gracing the pages are perspectives on food security and sustainability from Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, a profile on the residential, Muir Mendes-designed Law Street House and a sideways peek into contemporary architecture, this time for canines. Soon to come to a café, shop or gallery near you (if you’re in Melbourne).1

Hurrah! The first ever printed edition of Assemble Papers has hit the streets! A long-held dream of the entire team since we began AP more than two years ago, our foray into print aims to expand, reach out and connect with a broader audience, further pollinating the conversation, thinking and action around cities, design, architecture, art and sustainability. We can’t express our gratitude enough to everyone who supported us on Pozible, graphic designer Tristan Main who designed the beautiful layout of the magazine, our family, friends, dedicated writers and photographers, and of course our ever-expanding network of readers—all of whom guided, promoted and supported us in helping hoist our words (and those of our invaluable contributors) out of the digital realm and into printed form. This first issue continues our exploration of design and small footprint living—gracing the pages are perspectives on food security and sustainability from Melbourne City Rooftop Honey, a profile on the residential, Muir Mendes-designed Law Street House and a sideways peek into contemporary architecture, this time for canines. Soon to come to a café, shop or gallery near you (if you’re in Melbourne).

 

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Pino at Look Upstairs, MIDW 2014

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Assemble co-director Pino Demaio has been keeping pretty busy. Also creative director of Assemble creative agency Local Peoples and not-for-profit NCDFREE, Pino was selected to present at the agIdeas Look Upstairs conference—a landmark forum curated by designer Ken Cato and running as part of Melbourne International Design Week 2014. It was great to have one of our crew join such an inspiring line-up of Australian and international designers. Speaking duties aside, Pino also curated the MIDW public progamming hub—the Design Garden—which was produced in collaboration with Cato Parners, Six Degrees Architects and a talented contingent of young and emerging designers. Thanks to everyone involved with the design and build!

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IDEA 2013 Winner!

Wowee, last week was a biggie. We won ‘Best Workplace under 1000 sqm’ at the national Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for our self-designed + built studio (guided by master builder Wez Old from Local Spaces). Thanks to Niche, (Inside) Magazine, our fellow practices and all the jurors – it was wonderful to get the nod. Congratulations to all winners, highly commended projects and our fellow practices. Here is a picture of most of us (L-R: Eugenia Lim, Joachim Holland, James Stephens, Ben Keck and Wesley Old – minus our intrepid bearded co-director Giuseppe Demaio). Our good friend James is casually holding the award! All winners will be featured in the December issue of (Inside). Full list of gongs here.

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