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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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Areti Markopoulou, IaaC<br />

Silvia Brandi, IaaC<br />

Mike Schlaich, TUB<br />

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek architect and educator<br />

whose research and practice design explores new architectural<br />

models where applications <strong>of</strong> ICT, Energy and<br />

Fabrication allow built and public space to dynamically<br />

adapt to behavioral and environmental changes over<br />

time.<br />

She holds an MArch by IaaC in the field <strong>of</strong> “Prototypes<br />

<strong>of</strong> Urbanity: from Bits to Geography” and a Fab Academy<br />

diploma on Digital Fabrication <strong>of</strong>fered by the MIT<br />

Center for Bits and Atoms and the Fab Lab Network.<br />

She is permanent faculty at IaaC with several published<br />

articles internationally. Co-founder <strong>of</strong> the Mycity-me<br />

non pr<strong>of</strong>it organization, her practice includes project<br />

collaborations with multidisciplinary <strong>of</strong>fices and institutions<br />

and she has participated in R+D projects ranging<br />

from Intelligent Cities ( such as “Smart BCN” with City<br />

Council Barcelona, 2013), Self Sufficient Buildings (such<br />

as “Fab Lab House” at Solar Decathlon Europe, 2010),<br />

Digital Fabrication (such as “Fabrication Laboratory” at<br />

DHUB, 2010) and Internet <strong>of</strong> Things (such as “Hyperhabitat”<br />

at the XI Venice Biennale, 2008).<br />

She is currently the Director <strong>of</strong> the Masters in Advanced<br />

Architecture at IaaC in Barcelona and initiator and partner<br />

<strong>of</strong> Fab Lab Athens in Greece.<br />

Silvia Brandi studied architecture at Politecnico di<br />

Milano and ETSAB UPC (Erasmus Program in Barcelona).<br />

In 2004 she graduated with honors (tutor Giovanni<br />

La Varra) with a thesis about the transformation <strong>of</strong> the<br />

Alps landscape (Paolo Aldeghieri Award 2004) and won<br />

a scholarship to develop an urban project at POSTECH<br />

University in South Korea.<br />

She worked in Milan with Stefano Boeri and from 2006<br />

is settled in Barcelona where she is part <strong>of</strong> Institute <strong>of</strong><br />

advanced architecture <strong>of</strong> Catalonia staff as the coordinator<br />

<strong>of</strong> the book Self-Sufficient Housing, ed. ACTAR –<br />

IaaC (2006). From 2006 she works with Josep Miàs in<br />

the international architectural firm MiAS Architects as<br />

Head Architect and Studio Supervisor.<br />

As Project Leader she has lead several built projects,<br />

most notably new iGuzzini Headquarters in Barcelona<br />

(Archdaily Building <strong>of</strong> the year and WAF2012 Shortlisted),<br />

Market facilities and public space in Rubí, the<br />

Puppet <strong>The</strong>ater in Tibidabo Amusement Park, the Torrebaró<br />

Apartment Tower. She has been co-editor <strong>of</strong> various<br />

publications, such as the monographic book about<br />

iGuzzini building ed. ACTAR Birkhäuser (2012), and the<br />

one about Barceloneta Market ed. ACTAR (2010) and<br />

has curated exhibitions about MiAS Architects work in<br />

Barcelona (Collegi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya, 2008;<br />

Tibidabo Amusement Park, 2010) and London (Bartlett<br />

School <strong>of</strong> Architecture UCL, 2012).<br />

Mike Schlaich is Pr<strong>of</strong>essor for Civil Engineering chairing<br />

the Department <strong>of</strong> Conceptual and Structural Design<br />

at Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) and the<br />

Managing Director <strong>of</strong> schlaich bergermann und partner,<br />

Consulting Structural Engineers, Germany.<br />

Mike Schlaich worked in Spain for several years as a<br />

structural engineer before joining schlaich bergermann<br />

and partner in Stuttgart which specializes in lightweight<br />

and long-span structures. His research at TU Berlin concentrates<br />

upon active and movable lightweight structures<br />

that can adapt to changing boundary conditions. An<br />

“intelligent” bridge with damping by artificial muscles or<br />

experimental structures that fold away when not needed<br />

was built at the TU Berlin lab.<br />

Mike Schlaich received the German Bridge Design Award<br />

(Deutscher Brückenbaupreis) in 2010 for the Footbridge<br />

Sassnitz.<br />

Since 2006 she also collaborates with Josep Miàs in<br />

architecture academical courses at ETSAB (Barcelona)<br />

and at UNISS (Sassari) and has been invited by various<br />

international Institutions to give lectures about<br />

MiAS Architects works. From 2012 she is back at IaaC<br />

as Academic Coordinator and Faculty at the Master in<br />

Advanced Architecture and Open <strong>The</strong>sis Fabrication<br />

programs.<br />

14 Team and Partners

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