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The Perfect Time To Take Up Some Extra Reading

The Perfect Time To Take Up Some Extra Reading

In light of the extra time you may be spending at home over the weekend and during the week, the release of the latest issue of Habitus couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Whether the Design Culture issue is relevant for work or for leisure, we hope you enjoy it cover to cover.

Habitus 47, the Design Culture issue, hits newsagents 19 March, and within it, we’re asking ourselves and our industry some heavy questions; and celebrating some pretty amazing people and projects.

Does culture cultivate design? And why are we drawn to the designs that we are? What is it about certain patterns, forms or an overall aesthetic that gets my head nodding in appreciation and not yours? A lot can be said for culture cultivating design (religious or national). The very mission of Habitus is and has always been to unearth architecture, design, and its creators that respond to our very unique way of life across the Indo Pacific Region.

This issue, the Design Culture issue, we took the opposite approach. We were interested to look at architecture and design that creates culture around it. In some articles it is a culture of appreciators, in others a culture of inclusivity, or of end-users.

Architect James Garvan in his Clovelly Apartment. Photography by Charles Dennington

Architect James Garvan has run a solo practice since 2016. Yet each project he works on adopts a notable – and intentional – culture of collaboration between those involved: architect, resident, builder, landscape designer and so on. A few pages overleaf in the feature section we look at emerging housing typologies that respond to the ever-expanding population and the need for affordable housing. Moreover, many of the models have the added benefit of fostering a sense of community and culture between residents. This can be privately through shared gardens and essential facilities, or publicly in the form of coffee shops, retail spaces and small offices housed within the building.

There are two neighbouring and indeed connected houses in Indonesia by architect Willis Kusuma that facilitate and foster the relationship between its inhabitants – two twin brothers – and yet speak to their distinct personalities. In Sri Lanka, Palinda Kannagara Architects has designed a home for a family comprising three generations that allows them to feel united at home, yet cater to their vastly different needs and preferences.

This is just a selection of the articles within, grab a copy and tell us which stories were your favourite. Or, subscribe to the print edition here.

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Holly Cunneen

Read issue #47 [for free !] here.

Spinal House by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Photography by Sebastian Posingis

Twins House by Willis Kusuma. Photography by Mario Wibowo 

Hedy Ritterman photographed by Benjamin Hosking


Holly Cunneen was the editor of Habitus and has spent her time in the media writing about architecture, design and our local industry. With a firm view that “design has a shared responsibility to the individual as much as it does the wider community,” her personal and professional trajectory sees her chart the interests, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community.