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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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3 Associated Mobile Structures<br />

Seating<br />

Urban furniture will be created as a temporary seating<br />

that will be a playful expression <strong>of</strong> outdoor landscape.<br />

This will be made out <strong>of</strong> ‘obsolete’ books but will show<br />

the materiality and versatility <strong>of</strong> the object <strong>of</strong> the book.<br />

While it is sad to treat these obsolete books as redundant,<br />

it is also intended that society can confront the reality<br />

that everyday huge amounts <strong>of</strong> ‘obsolete’ books are being<br />

burnt, or sent for pulping. Our society is generating large<br />

quantities <strong>of</strong> books that are eventually destroyed, and<br />

while drawing the attention on the content <strong>of</strong> the book<br />

and encourage reading, it is also an intention to save<br />

the destruction <strong>of</strong> these and attempt expressions <strong>of</strong> its<br />

further reuse.<br />

Shelves/Carts<br />

A mobile vehicle for facilitating ‘free-exchange’ <strong>of</strong> books<br />

that can be stored in the Filmoteca space where it can<br />

continue as a space <strong>of</strong> ‘free-exchange’ <strong>of</strong> books by the<br />

visitors <strong>of</strong> the Filmoteca so as to secure the furniture and<br />

the books from vandalism.<br />

Seating area, the outcome <strong>of</strong> the ‘Building Knowledge’ workshop<br />

at Museo ICO Madrid conducted by <strong>Anupama</strong> <strong>Kundoo</strong>, April 2014<br />

with Elena Orte, workshop mentor, her daughter Ginebra and a<br />

visitor. Photo: Guillermo Sevillano<br />

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