Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

Assemble, Goldsmiths Gallery facade mock-up 2016 IN SET

Assemble’s practice was established in 2010 through a collective desire to build together, and our first projects were largely designed on site as we went. Our practice has been and remains organised cooperatively, without hierarchy, and our design methodologies have been developed to accommodate that particular dynamic. We use large-scale models and 1:1 prototypes as we’ve found that they are widely accessible, enable collective authorship and don’t require specialist understanding in the way that architectural drawings do. – Giles Smith and Adam Willis. Assemble will be participating in a discussion, alongside NATØ and Muf, on the topic of collaborative design, over a shared buffet lunch at Hauser & Wirth Somerset on 25 November.

Dogma: The Architecture of the Private Room

Dogma, Room of One's Own: Tokio Nomad Girl, 2017 IN SET

These drawings are part of a series of 48 perspectives that depict the ‘private’ room from antiquity to the present day. They comprise a study of the private room as a specific architectural form. Each perspective is taken with a more or less consistent point of view in order to enhance the comparability of each example. The rooms are drawn using the ‘ligne claire’ technique (used by architects such as Paul Letarouilly, Heinrich Tessenow and Leon Krier) in order to emphasise – above anything else – the room form. Introduced by a short history of the private room and a recueil of floor plans dating from the Epipaleolithic period, these 48 perspectives are exhibited at the second edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. – Pier Vittorio Aureli and Martino Tattara

Collier: USSR in Construction, 1931

John Heartfield, USSR in construction cover

Through the presentation of the many facets of the New Moscow, that included improved transportation, increased housing and green space, and new socialist building typologies such as the worker’s club, and mass dinning halls, this issue of SSSR na Stroike, connected architecture with the daily lives of Soviet citizens to show how socialism was transforming life in Moscow for the better. Furthermore, it contributed to the construction of the New Moscow as both an architectural and symbolic project. Page after page, John Heartfield constructed a fantasy of a rational, clean, and modern city that had been facilitated mostly by avant-garde architecture. – Marie Collier

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