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New Investigations in Collective Form

AUTHOR: NEERAJ BHATIA
CONTRIBUTORS: PIER VITTORIO AURELI, AND PEGGY DEAMER

“Unpacks the agency of form to address ecological, economic and political issues. At a moment when designers and citizens feel powerless to adjust the larger systems of urbanization, this design-research provides a series of design templates that create new forms of collectivity”

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“The problem of architecture is not just that architecture for too long has been complicit with institutions of power. The problem with architecture is that it often ‘naturalizes’ power, making it acceptable. The way in which architectural form naturalizes forms of (oppressive) power is visible in housing, parks, public buildings—all sort of constructions we now take for granted as inevitable paraphernalia of what we call the city. Rather than presenting these constructions for what they are, as ‘artifices’, architecture often tries to downplay its own artificiality and thus its real agency. This is not the case of The Open Workshop, whose body of work can be read as a deliberate production of form, but also as a reflection on the making of form itself. For The Open Workshop, form is always collective because it is the reification of forces that exceed individual intention.” 
—Pier Vittorio Aureli

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“One cannot, in The Open Workshop’s projects, disassemble domesticity from the imbalance of “nature”; the up of the ceiling and sky from the stool that sits below us; the city from the blades of grass; the room from a drop of water. Whether the social is reformed and re-inscribed by “articulated surfaces,” “soft frameworks,” “living archives,” “rewiring states,” or “recommoning,” the result is an existential connection between things human and non-human, big and small, in and out of our control. All of this is reinforced by the interconnection, representationally, between data and affect, making the environment both felt and abstract and the social both real and hyper-objectified.”
—Peggy Deamer

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“Features design-research examining how architecture can catalyze collectivity and focuses on questions of social and environmental justice”

“It is difficult to think of any great building in the history of architecture which did not represent a union of the talents of the architect with those of the painter and the sculptor.”

“It is difficult to think of any great building in the history of architecture which did not represent a union of the talents of the architect with those of the painter and the sculptor.”

“It is difficult to think of any great building in the history of architecture which did not represent a union of the talents of the architect with those of the painter and the sculptor.”

“Features design-research examining how architecture can catalyze collectivity and focuses on questions of social and environmental justice”

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‘New Investigations in Collective Form’ presents a group of design experiments by the design-research office THE OPEN WORKSHOP, that test how architecture can empower the diverse voices that make up the public realm and the environments in which they exist.

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Selected Works

Tatiana Bilbao EstudioBenjamin Wilke

WAY BEYOND BIGNESSProject type

Designing the Computational Image, Imagining Computational DesignDaniel Cardoso Llach and Theodora Vardouli

Silt Sand SlurryRob Holmes, Brett Milligan, and Gena Wirth

The Landscape ProjectProject type

Environmental Activism by DesignColeman Coker, Sarah Gamble, Katie Swenson , and Thomas Fisher

Johnston MarkleeBenjamin Wilke

Architectural Ceramic Assemblies Workshop VLaura Garofalo and Omar Khan

Concrete ApproximationsOliver Ottevaere

Project ArchiveNamrata Dhore, Sofie Kusaba, and Christina Truwit

Landscape ApproachDr. Shelagh McCartney, Samantha Solano, Sonja Vangjeli, & Hannes Zander

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CONTACT US
USA - San Francisco Bay Area
Tel: +1(415) 883-3300
Asia - Singapore & China
Tel: +(65) 9068-1860
Tel: +(86) 755-84556863

CONTACT US
USA - San Francisco Bay Area
Tel: +1(415) 883-3300
USA - New York
Tel: +1(646) 322-2466
Asia - Singapore & China
Tel: +(65) 9068-1860
Tel: +(86) 755-84556863

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