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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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8 Team and Partners<br />

Residents <strong>of</strong> Raval neighbourhood in conversation with<br />

<strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong> during her visit to the site. In the distance architect<br />

Odile Decq and on her left architect Alfredo Brillemburg,<br />

two <strong>of</strong> the other five international participating architects.<br />

Photo courtesy Fundació Enric Miralles<br />

Engineers Juan Sobrino and Lara Pellegrini in discussion with<br />

<strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong> (from left to right)<br />

<strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong>, Benedetta Tagliabue, curator <strong>of</strong> the BCN<br />

Reset project and founder <strong>of</strong> the Fundació Enric Miralles, and Odor<br />

at IaaC (from left). Photos: Ali Dabirian<br />

12 Team and Partners

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