How We Build. Hintergrund 55

The first comprehensive insight into the work and selected projects of the London-based architecture collective Assemble, winners of the 2015 Turner Prize.


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Title Information

Edited by Angelika Fitz and Katharina Ritter, Architekturzentrum Wien Az W

1st edition

, 2017

Text English and German


160 pages, 91 color illustrations

16.5 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-077-0


Assemble: How we build offers a first comprehensive insight into the work and projects of the London-based architecture collective Assemble. How we build, how things are made and materials are assembled, reflects the social, economic and political conditions of a society. Changing the status-quo by community action is a focal point in the work of Assemble, who have developed a signature blend of social activation, poetic spaces and ecological and economic sustainability.

Assemble’s 18 members started their collaboration in 2010, following their graduation from Cambridge University. Their portfolio comprises diverse projects such as a temporary cinema at a former petrol station, affordable workspaces for artists, the foundation of social enterprises, the revitalization of a former working-class neighbourhood, or designing a new art gallery for Goldsmiths, University of London. In 2015, Assemble was awarded with Turner Prize, the first architects to win Europe’s most prestigious distinction for contemporary art.

Assemble: How we build features ten selected projects to demonstrate the collective’s working methods. Further essays provide background information and reflect on Assemble’s objectives and philosophy. The book is published in conjunction with a major exhibition at Architekturzentrum Wien in summer 2017.

With contributions by Angelika Fitz, Maria Lisogorskaya and Lewis Jones, Sonja Pisarik, Niamh Riordan, and Oliver Wainwright,  and a conversation with Gerhard Zsutty by Sonja Pisarik and Katharina Ritter.

Authors & Editors

Angelika Fitz

 has been appointed director of Architekturzentrum Wien Az W in 2017. As cultural theorist and curator she develops projects at the interface of architecture, art and urbanism. In 2003 and 2005, she was commissioner for Austria’s contributions to the architecture biennial in Saõ Paulo.

Lewis Jones

Maria Lisogorskaya

Sonja Pisarik

Niamh Riordan

Katharina Ritter

 has been programme co-ordinator at Architekturzentrum Wien Az W since 2006. In 2002 and 2004 she was project manager for the Austrian pavilion at the International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

Oliver Wainwright

Gerhard Zsutty