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Territory

THE RIGHT OF WAY IS THE RIGHT TO THE CITY
Toronto, Canada

DREDGESCAPING TOLEDO

Toledo, USA

EN POINTE!

Kagran, Austria
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

CONSTELLATORY COVE

Porto Brandao, Portgual
w/ Lorena Del Rio Architect

RECON-FIGURE
Far Rockaway, USA

UNLOCKING AMERICA'S CORE
White Space, USA

IN GRID WE TRUST
Manhattan, USA

LIQUID COMMONS
Hudson Strait, Canada

ICEROADS/ TRUCKSTOPS
Contwoyto, Canada

OUTLINE OF THE CORE
Rotterdam, NL

PLINTHESIS
Toronto, Canada

THE NEW MONUMENTALITY
Passiac, New Jersey, USA

Architecture

VARNA PUBLIC LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE
Varna, Bulgaria

STEAM STRATUM
Liepaja Latvia

FIRE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
San Francisco, CA

CONSERVATORY HOUSE
London, UK

DRIFT HOUSE
Arctic, Canada

TORONTORIUM
Toronto, Canada

THE INFRASTRUCTURAL SPACE OF APPEARANCE
Toronto, Canada

BRUCE MAU DESIGN OFFICE
Toronto, Canada

Installations

SCAFFOLDIA
Oakland, USA

FORMWORKS
San Francisco, USA

RE-RIGGING AIR
Copenhagen, Denmark

GARDEN OF DISPLACED ROOTS
Grand Metis, Canada

ENVELOOPS
Toronto, Canada

INTERLACE
Los Angeles, USA
w/ MG&CO

 

Varna Public Library and Archive
Varna, Bulgaria, 2016

Traditional forms of spatial representation of ‘the public’ —civic plazas, parks, monuments, etc.—were rarely employed in Bulgaria, due to a history of governance from an ‘outside rule’. If the public library and archive is an expression of the ‘public’, we must first isolate where and how this public has represented itself. In eras such as the Bulgarian National Revival or the period of Soviet occupation, a tremendous outpouring of creative production transpired, bringing together a collective in the hidden private spaces of society—kitchens, living rooms, alleys. Our proposal mines these spatial types to set up a ‘forest’ of structure that references the notion of the individual—from the precarity of a single individual (column), to the strength of a cluster of individual (columns), to the power of carved out spaces of action (cores). This forest organizes the knowledge programs—reading, studying, playing, conversing, learning—in a fluid and soft manner through creating ‘groves’ and ‘clearings’. This field of columns—while individually weak—as a whole, gains strength and supports a series of archival slabs. This repository—containing past, present, and future mediated forms of expression—represents collective information. It is solid, monolithic, yet accessible and alive. The living archive becomes an expression of the diverse depth and collective strength of Varna’s citizens.

Project Team:
The Open Workshop
Neeraj Bhatia, Cesar Lopez, Jeremy Jacinth, Shawn Komlos, Haifa Al-Gwaiz