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The Architecture of Wellbeing


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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

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 ... Read more

Jeremy McLeod

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... Read more

Dianne Vella-Brodrick

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&nb... Read more

Eugenia Lim

Eugenia Lim is an artist of Chinese-Singaporean ancestry who works across body, lens, social and spatial practice to explore how migration, capital and encounter cut, divide and bond our interdependent world. Based on unceded Wurundjeri lands in the Kulin Nation, Lim has shown at the Tate Modern (GB... Read more

Rachel Elliot-Jones

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 posi... Read more


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