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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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<strong>Unbound</strong>: <strong>The</strong> <strong>Library</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Lost</strong> <strong>Books</strong><br />

BCN Re.Set Barcelona 2014<br />

A project by<br />

Ajuntament de Barcelona – Tricentenari BCN<br />

Contents<br />

Installation Architect<br />

<strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong>me<br />

Liberty<br />

Local Institute<br />

IaaC<br />

International partners<br />

TUB, UQ<br />

Political context<br />

“September 11, 2014 is not a celebration <strong>of</strong> a defeat,<br />

it is the fight for freedom”, Xavier Trias, Mayor <strong>of</strong><br />

Barcelona<br />

Physical context<br />

Plaça Salvador Seguí/Filmoteca de Catalunya<br />

Social context<br />

Dense multi-cultural<br />

Organized by Fundació Enric Miralles<br />

Coordination: Beatriz Minguez de Molina<br />

Production: Marta Pérez-Porro<br />

Sponsorship: Nayara Naranjo<br />

Curators: Benedetta Tagliabue and Àlex Ollé<br />

In collaboration with: IaaC Institut d’arquitectura<br />

avançada de Catalunya/Institute for Advanced Architecture<br />

<strong>of</strong> Catalonia, Barcelona<br />

Project Development: IaaC, Barcelona:<br />

Areti Markopoulou, Silvia Brandi<br />

Project Assistance: IaaC, Barcelona: Stefanos Levidis and<br />

Rodgrigo Aguirre/UQ, Brisbane: Ali Dabirian<br />

Fabricaton: Fab Lab, Barcelona:<br />

Anastasia Pist<strong>of</strong>idou, Alexandre Dubor<br />

International collaborators: UQ, Brisbane, Australia<br />

and TU Berlin<br />

Structural design concept: Mike Schlaich and Arndt<br />

Goldack, TU Berlin<br />

Local structural designers: Pedelta Barcelona, founded<br />

by Juan Sobrino, engineering team Lara Pellegrini,<br />

Diego Sisí and Joan Agustí<br />

Lighting: Viabizzuno<br />

Film program: Filmoteca de Catalunya<br />

Film curators: Esteban Riambau, Director <strong>of</strong> the Filmoteca<br />

de Catalunya, and Xavier García Puerto<br />

Sourcing <strong>of</strong> old books: Carme Fenoll, Director General,<br />

Cap del Servei de Biblioteques, Generalitat de Catalunya<br />

Book exchange: Coque - Bar Freedonia, representative <strong>of</strong><br />

Raval Cultural Bar Association<br />

Reading program: Pepe Ros - ViVIM DEL CUENTO<br />

Social integration in Raval: Sergio Ros<br />

Primary School Participation: Marta Rodger, Director,<br />

SEK International School<br />

1 Conceptual Description 3<br />

4 Technical Description 4<br />

3 Associated Mobile Structures:<br />

Seating, Shelves/Carts 6<br />

4 Program 8<br />

5 Time Schedule 8<br />

6 Barcelona Workshop 2013 9<br />

7 Team and Partners 12<br />

© 2014 <strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong> for the text,<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Queensland, Brisbane, Australia,<br />

photographers and designers for the images

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