Location: Plaça de Salvador Seguí
Design: Anupama Kundoo (India / Australia) With the collaboration of IAAC
“The theme ‘freedom’ is expressed through creating a place that celebrates ‘reading,’ a place that symbolizes an expression of ‘freedom,’ a place where knowledge is free. Knowledge is empowerment, and knowledge will lead to progress and freedom. The Library of Lost Books is a bookless library with a live program of reading. 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 freedom and the idea of plenty, of limitlessness.” - Anupama Kundoo
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) is a cutting-edge education and research centre engaged in developing architecture capable of meeting the global challenges facing the construction of habitable spaces in this early-21st century. Based in the 22@ district of Barcelona, one of the world’s capitals of architecture and urbanism, the IAAC is a platform for the exchange of knowledge. The Institute also has a teaching faculty which attracts students from over 35 countries, including the USA, China, India, Poland, Italy, Mexico and the Sudan. They work simultaneously
on multiple scales (city, building, manufacturing and so on) and in different areas of expertise (ecology, energy, digital manufacturing and the new technologies), pursuing their own lines of investigation aimed at the development of an integrated set of skills with which to act effectively in their home country or anywhere in the world.