Toronto, ON, CA
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THE OPEN WORKSHOP is a multidisciplinary design workshop focused on critically re-examining the concept of an open work, first posited by Umberto Eco in 1962. As cities, beliefs, and values become increasingly pluralistic; the open work forms a template for providing openness to a work, thus making it designed for no one specifically and everyone simultaneously. Architecture and Urbanism is conceived to allow each individual citizen to project the final pieces of meaning and complete the work. The Open Workshop is committed to the design for Plurality through the mediums of architecture, urbanism and landscape. The Open Workshop holds a Certificate of Practice for Architecture in Ontario, Canada.
The Open Workshop was founded by Neeraj Bhatia, an architect and urban designer from Toronto. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. Bhatia is also a co-director of InfraNet Lab, a non-profit research collective probing the spatial byproducts of contemporary resource logistics. He has worked for Eisenman Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Bruce Mau Design, OMA, and ORG. Bhatia has previously taught at Rice University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Ohio State University and is currently a visiting professor at Cornell University. He is co-editor of -Arium: Weather + Architecture (with Jürgen Mayer H., Hatje Cantz Publishing, 2009), Bracket [Soft Systems] (with Lola Sheppard, Actar, 2011) and co-author of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). Bhatia is an NCARB Licensed Architect
Toronto, ON, CA