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Anupama Kundoo. Unbound: The Library of Lost Books

As part of the commemoration program, Tricentenari BCN, ‘Unbound: The Library of Lost Books’ was an installation built in Plaça Salvador Seguí beside the Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona, in 2014. A project by Ajuntament de Barcelona, it was curated by Benedetta Tagliabue and Àlex Ollé and produced in collaboration with IaaC Institut d’arquitectura avançada de Catalunya/Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and University of Queensland, Brisbane. It is a bookless library with a live program of reading, provoking thought about the library of the future in the digital age. The focus is on the content of the book and the act of reading. ‘Unbound’, a term that relates to the description of books, also expresses liberty and the idea of plenty, of limitlessness. ‘Obsolete’ books are recycled as a construction material, to build a canopy shading the square in summer. Liberation is lightness. Light-weight structures for heavy-weight books transcend the sense of ‘weight’ to focus on the perception of the ‘light’ element of the book: content.

As part of the commemoration program, Tricentenari BCN, ‘Unbound: The Library of Lost Books’ was an installation built in Plaça Salvador Seguí beside the Filmoteca de Catalunya in Barcelona, in 2014. A project by Ajuntament de Barcelona, it was curated by Benedetta Tagliabue and Àlex Ollé and produced in collaboration with IaaC Institut d’arquitectura avançada de Catalunya/Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia and University of Queensland, Brisbane.
It is a bookless library with a live program of reading, provoking thought about the library of the future in the digital age. The focus is on the content of the book and the act of reading. ‘Unbound’, a term that relates to the description of books, also expresses liberty and the idea of plenty, of limitlessness. ‘Obsolete’ books are recycled as a construction material, to build a canopy shading the square in summer.
Liberation is lightness. Light-weight structures for heavy-weight books transcend the sense of ‘weight’ to focus on the perception of the ‘light’ element of the book: content.

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6 Workshop at IaaC Barcelona October 28–31, 2013<br />

October 28<br />

Masterclass lecture by Pr<strong>of</strong>. Gerd Fleischmann,<br />

‘What is a book?’ followed by hands-on workshop<br />

introduced by <strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong><br />

October 29<br />

Ongoing workshop and ideas with Dr. <strong>Anupama</strong><br />

<strong>Kundoo</strong>, Pr<strong>of</strong>. Gerd Fleischmann, Dr. Arndt<br />

Goldack, TU Berlin<br />

Lecture by Dr. Arndt Goldack, ‘Dynamic Lightweight<br />

Structures’.<br />

October 30<br />

Wrap-up <strong>of</strong> workshop output, discussion and<br />

evaluation <strong>of</strong> results, further ideas<br />

October 31<br />

Lecture by <strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong>, ‘Building Knowledge:<br />

An approach to architecture in response<br />

to socio-economic and environmental concerns’<br />

Demystifying the book as a familiar object. Applying book<br />

assembly experiences to architectural elements. Luis Leon Lopez,<br />

Wen Shan Foo, Remita Thomas with <strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong> (opposite<br />

page). All photographs from the workshop at IaaC Barcelona:<br />

Mathilde Marengo<br />

Book-tuning exercises, discovery <strong>of</strong> adhesive properties <strong>of</strong><br />

inter-locked pages due to friction: Trinidad Gomez, Wen Shan<br />

Foo, Chung Kai Hsieh.<br />

El Vol de la Llibertat by Alessio Salvatore Verdolino and Giacomo<br />

Fiorani. <strong>The</strong> open book as a sculpted element symbolises flight<br />

and liberty, Workshop at IaaC. Exercise: Applying book assembly<br />

experiences to architectural elements.<br />

11 Workshop at IaaC Barcelona

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