'LIVING NOT DECORATING' WORKSHOP SERIES PRESENTED BY ASSEMBLE.

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Melbourne property group Assemble recently announced the launch of the Assemble Model, a new housing model that bridges the gap between renting and owning your home. Their debut project under the new model, located at 393 Macaulay Road Kensington, is open for registrations and community presentations haven taken place in September and will continue in October. All apartments in the Kensington development will be allocated before the end of November 2018.

With an emphasis on well-lived and well-loved apartments, Assemble’s series of workshops, ‘Living not Decorating’ tips its hat to interesting and idiosyncratic living and working spaces. It’s about practicality before aesthetics and learning new skills. It’s also a nod to Harry Norris, the architect of the heritage building at 393 Macaulay Rd, Kensington, as well as the iconic Nicholas Building, Mitchell House and Curtain House. Norris was known for stripping back on the embellishments of the Art Deco buildings of his era and opting for efficiency and simplicity.

What: 'Living not Decorating' program by Assemble

When: September 30 to October 14

Where: Kensington and Clifton Hill (Various Locations)

Price: Free - $50

1. How to build (SOLD OUT)

Furniture workshop by Like Butter

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Come and learn with Like Butter in their woodwork studio in Kensington as a part of Assemble’s Living not Decorating workshop series. In this 3-hour intensive workshop, Like Butter will show you how to build your very own plant stand without having to worry about owning or spending the money on the tools or material to do it! Expect a ‘hard earned thirst' at the end.

Space: Like Butter studio at Younghusband – 6 Elizabeth St, Kensington

Date: 30th of September

Hours: 13:00 – 16:00

Pax: 20

Ticket price: $15

Hospitality: Small food offering, some wine or beer to finish.

2. How to green your apartment

Plant workshop with Pop Plant

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Ever walked into someone’s booming plant-filled home as you’re doing your best to try and keep your one and only plant alive on life support back home? You can turn those green eyes into green thumbs and come learn urban gardening from Maxi Walker of Pop Plant as a part of the Living not Decorating workshop series. Maxi specialises in practical indoor plants for city dwellers and will be providing advice on what kinds of plants are best for homes of all shapes and sizes, while teaching you how to make your own string garden for your home.

Space: The Assemble Space, 122 Roseneath St, Clifton Hill

Date: 11th of October

Hours: 18:00 – 20:00

Pax: 40

Ticket price: $15

Hospitality: Small food offering. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available to purchase.

4. Drawing on walls

Children's illustration class with Alice Oehr

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Let your kids inner Picasso, Oehr or Kahlo run wild with Melbourne based illustrator, Alice Oehr. As a part of Assemble’s Living not Decorating workshop series, Alice will hold a 2-hour scribble for the juniors to decorate The Assemble Space at 122 Roseneath St. Think Italian restaurants with white paper tablecloths, but on walls.

Space: The Assemble Space, 122 Roseneath St, Clifton Hill

Date: 13th of October

Hours: 11:00 – 13:00

Pax: 40

Ticket price: Free

Hospitality: Sandwiches, pastries, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available to purchase.

3. Cooking and conversations with Nayran

Cooking Class with Free to Feed

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Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise which aims to champion the unique skills and individual stories of refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. It is through cooking and conversation that their skills and stories are shared. As a part of Assemble’s Living not Decorating workshop series, Nayran Tabiei will be teaching a few tricks to spice up your repertories. Nayran has journeyed to Australia from Syria and as a child observed her father cooking dinner every single night and the importance of families and friends feasting together is something very close to her heart. Nayran creates wonderfully aromatic and delicious treats – many that she prepared in her bustling Damascus restaurant – and loves to share with anyone willing to try something new.

Space: The Assemble Space, 122 Roseneath St, Clifton Hill

Date: 13th of October

Hours: 17:00 – 20:00

Ticket price: $50 (Please note the cost of this ticket has been subsidised by Assemble and all proceeds go straight back into the running costs of Free to Feed, a registered charity.)

Hospitality: Dinner prepared from the class. One glass of wine (or soft drink) is included and additional drinks are available to purchase.

5. Grace Ferguson and Albrecht La’Brooy

Listening event with Grace Ferguson and Albrecht La’Brooy

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To close Assemble’s Living not Decorating workshop series, we will be holding a listening event with performances by Grace Ferguson and Albrecht La’Brooy. Grace Ferguson is a pianist, composer and sound designer seeking to foster a shift in ‘pianist as collaborator’ to expand beyond the context of a concert hall - in which a piano performance typically takes place. Following Grace’s performance, you’ll hear from Melbourne trained musicians and improvisers Sean La’Brooy and Alex Albrecht, of Albrecht La’Brooy. Albrecht La’Brooy modernise classic jazz by combining piano keys and synths, complimented by percussion to create ambient compositions.

Space: The Assemble Space, 122 Roseneath St, Clifton Hill

Date: 14th of October

Hours: 13:00– 16:00

Pax: 40-50

Ticket price: $15

Hospitality: Small food offering. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available to purchase.

Tickets to these events are available to the media. Please email rose@dxd.agency for tickets.

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About Assemble

Assemble is dedicated to housing and shaping the culture of living closer together. Assemble is an end-to-end property development and management company with a close, long-term relationship with each community we help build. The launch of the Assemble Model marks a new chapter for the team as they go deeper into building well-designed and more accessible housing in Melbourne and beyond.

About The Assemble Model

The Assemble Model is a new housing model that bridges the gap between renting and owning your home. The idea is simple: lease your home while you save to buy. Your rent and purchase price are fixed, giving you stability while you save. All while having the freedom to leave the lease or decide not to buy. It's our response to the very real challenge of housing affordability in our much-loved city, Melbourne.

About 393 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

Assemble’s next project located at 393 Macaulay Rd, Kensington will be the first delivered under the Assemble Model.

At the heart of the design is a landscaped, open-air walkway that will bring cross-flow ventilation and dual aspect natural light to all homes. The entire community will be connected through communal spaces on the upper and ground floors: space for work, eating and leisure, together. Identified as one of Resilient Melbourne’s Resilient Communities (an initiative of 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation), 393 Macaulay Rd will encourage greater understanding of how to create more connected communities that are both sustainable and financially viable.

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