Retake the Future: Deb Verhoeven on Crowdfunding Academic Research

Simon Sellars speaks to Professor Verhoeven about Deakin University’s Research My World project, a highly successful crowdfunding project for academic research, and its risks, benefits and possible future outcomes for all universities.

Nebula: Portable Art

Designed by Andrew Maynard Architects, Nebula is a mobile gallery and workspace allowing artists with disabilities to bring their work into the wider community. Simon Sellars talks to the architect about this portable project. Photography: Nic Granleese, Jorge de Araujo An abridged version of this interview appeared in Architectural Review Asia Pacific #125: Architecture and the Arts. The […]

Ghosts in the Buildings: Rachel Armstrong on Living Architecture

Rachel Armstrong speaks to Simon Sellars about her research into ‘living architecture’: using model artificial cells to create responsive buildings that can overcome harsh 21st century environmental challenges.

Visualising the City: Ash Keating and Dorian Farr on Speculative Art and Architecture in Christchurch

Ash Keating in Christchurch. Photo courtesy SCAPE. In 2010, Melbourne artist Ash Keating produced Gardensity, an installation for the SCAPE Biennial of Art in Public Space. Gardensity took the form of a fictional property development and was originally supposed to comment on Christchurch’s ambition to encourage more people to live in the city centre, but […]

Body Architecture: An Interview with Lucy McRae

Lucy McRae’s provocative ‘body silhouettes’ reshape the human form, subjecting it to extreme vortices of pressure: from technology, the natural environment, even from raw emotion. She speaks to Simon Sellars about the inspirations driving her career.

Spatial Imagination: An Interview with Charles Holland

Charles Holland is one third of FAT Architecture. He spoke to Simon Sellars about the debate surrounding his recent remarks about architecture competitions, FAT’s print collaboration with Charles Jencks, and the novelist J.G. Ballard.

Vertical Movement: An Interview with Sir Miles Warren

Sir Miles Warren is probably New Zealand’s most famous architect. He speaks to Simon Sellars about the Christchurch earthquakes and the challenges the city faces to rebuild.

‘Magisterial, precise, unsettling': Simon Reynolds on JG Ballard

“‘Magisterial, precise, unsettling': Simon Reynolds on JG Ballard”, originally published in 032c, no. 18, winter 2009/10, pp. 126-9. Simon Reynolds is one of the most recognizable music critics around. He possesses a willingness to tackle pop music as an art form worthy of intellectual discourse rather than a fleeting moment of adolescent flash. Reynolds breaks […]

‘Architectures of the Near Future': An Interview with Nic Clear

ABOVE: ‘London after the Rain’, by Ben Olszyna-Marzys. A film produced for Nic Clear’s Unit 15 course, ‘Crash: Architectures of the Near Future’. Originally published on, 24 December 2008. In recognition of the sophistication of Ballard’s architectural analysis, a raft of discourse has been produced in recent times from within both academic and pop-cultural […]

The Light-Painter of Mojave D: An Interview with Troy Paiva

ABOVE: ‘Joshua Says GO!’ by Troy Paiva. ‘A 30s twin-tail Lockheed Electra does the big sleep at Aviation Warehouse. Night, full moon, red-gelled strobe flash. Canon 20D.’ Originally published on, 6 June 2008.   The photography of Troy Paiva treats us to canted visions of a crumbling, post-industrial America — decommissioned military bases, aircraft […]