The Architecture of Wellbeing
How do the built environment and the physical objects and structures we encounter affect our mood, health and overall outlook? Design is more than just the envisioning of functional or aesthetic objects, and architecture is always embodied. When done right, it can uplift us.
The latest print edition of Assemble Papers profiles people, projects and ideas that inspire social change, disrupting the ‘business-as-usual’ while delighting our senses. Join Sarah K (supercyclers), Jeremy McLeod (Breathe Architects), Dianne Vella-Brodrick (associate professor of Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne) – and co-chairs Eugenia Lim and Rachel Elliot-Jones of Assemble Papers – in a discussion exploring the nature of designing for wellbeing and a better world.
Presented in partnership with MPavilion and Assemble Papers.
Sarah K is a designer and design curator. She is one half of Blakebrough+King, who have produced a catalogue of unique products in their design practice since forming in 2006. From 2011 to the present day, Sarah has curated and exhibited The Other Hemisphere – new work by a dynamic group of Australian designers during Milan Design Week at Ventura Lambrate.
She is also founder and creative director of the international project supercyclers – focused on innovative approaches by designers to sustainability – in partnership with Sydney designer Liane Rossler, and the creative director of Gallery Oh and Annexe Oh, a micro-gallery exhibiting the works of international designers in Melbourne and Sydney.
Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture, a team of dedicated architects with a solid reputation for delivering high-quality design and sustainable architecture on projects of all scales. They focus on sustainable urbanisation – in particular, they have been investigating how to deliver more affordable urban housing to Melburnians.
Breathe are behind the award-winning eco-apartments The Commons in Brunswick, and are now collaborating with other Melbourne architects to deliver the Nightingale Model – an open-source housing model, led by architects. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in this city we call home.
Dianne Vella-Brodrick is an associate professor and director of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. She is the research director at the Centre for Positive Psychology, an editor-in-chief of the Psychology of Well-Being journal and secretary of the International Positive Psychology Association.
As a psychologist and founder of the Australian Positive Psychology Network, Dianne’s research focuses on the development and evaluation of school-based and workplace wellbeing programs; in particular, she has a special interest in the effects of the environment on optimal health.
Eugenia Lim is an artist and the founding editor-in-chief of Assemble Papers. She loves croissants, Copenhagen and collaboration.
Rachel Elliot-Jones is the editor of Assemble Papers, an online and biannual print journal about small footprint living.
Rachel is an experienced writer, editor and producer, who has worked on a range of publishing and cultural programming projects over the past decade. Previously, she held the position of Group Publisher at Right Angle Studio, where she led and implemented all projects relating to The Thousands online magazines, and all client publishing projects.
As a freelance consultant, she has worked for clients including VICE Australia, London’s The Future Laboratory and WGSN.
In 2011, Rachel co-founded independent curatorial concept Many Many and the almost-annual publication House Wear, which explores nomadic culture across art, design, architecture and writing.