Members of the London-based collective visit New York to present their recent projects.

March 23, 2023

Recorded on January 31, 2023.

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

In this lecture, Mary Anderson and Owen Lacey, two members of Assemble, talk about the collective’s structure and recent projects including:  

  • The Cineroleum, the self-initiated transformation of a petrol station into a cinema
  • Sugarhouse Studios Bermondsey, a workspace for artists, designers, and fabricators whose design enables and supports co-working and collaboration
  • Dreamachine, a traveling art installation designed to be experienced with closed eyes
  • Assemble Play, a series of easily replicable, high-quality, free-to-access play opportunities within homes, towns, and cities

The presentation is followed by a conversation with Jerome Haferd that touches on the value of temporary projects, working through disagreements, and the economics of running an alternative practice. Haferd is founding principal of the Harlem-based design and architecture firm BRANDT : HAFERD.


City of imagination

Deborah Gans contemplates the larger urban visions suggested by the design proposals developed for The Architectural League's Vacant Lots project.

Essay Vacant Lots