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Titile © Year Photographer

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Installations

Books In Bloom

Books ‘the building blocks’ of society are facing extinction. Transition/evolution in the ‘form’ of the book through time has led to books becoming lighter, losing their materiality, now often only virtual. ‘Obsolete’ books locked in storage about to face their end, are rescued from pulping or burning, and brought back in circulation in a second life. They are recycled as construction material, rather than for its content that is immaterial.

Rescued ‘unwanted’ books are made available to workshop participants as food for thought, and for exploring as building material. This exploration is about building with books. The contemplation is about the impact of the ‘dying book’. The direct engagement and full-scale explorations with physical books as building material is symbolic of an approach that ‘any locally appropriate material’ can lend itself to the construction of architecture. Faced with a ‘new’ and ‘unconventional’ building material, first-hand explorations lead to discoveries of the materials properties and suitable architectural technologies. This method of self-discovery would help architects to design new technologies for even ‘conventional’ materials.

Exhibited in:

‘The Architect is Present’. Museo ICO, Madrid, Spain.

Curator: Luis Fernández-Galiano/Arquitectura Viva.
Inside the workshop directed by Anupama Kundoo.

2014

Project Team: Anupama Kundoo, Guillermo Sevillano, Elena Orte, Alba Balmaseda Domínguez, Javier Bolívar López, Antxon Canovas Arceredillo, Javier Chávez Muñoz, Nuria Escoms Bosch, Antonio Guerrero Jiménez, Marta Jarabo Devesa , Carmen López Albert, Adrián López Varona, Andrea Lusquiños Mansilla, Blanca Martín Gazulla, Angel Martinez Martinez, Victoria Merchán Val, Cristina Ramos Cáceres and Elisabet Usón Maimó.