The Open Workshop
THE OPEN WORKSHOP is an architectural urbanism practice that focuses on the relationship between collective form and territory. Specifically, the firm is interested in the agency of form to impact political, economic, and ecological systems. Using a trans-scalar approach to design research, the office straddles the line between permanence and ephemerality, control and choice, legibility and illegibility, the individual and collective, determinacy and indeterminacy, as well as figure and field. Its name is a reference to Umberto Eco’s 1962 treatise The Open Work; its goal is to evolve Eco’s concept into architecture by expanding the subject to include the pluralistic public realm and the transforming environmental context. THE OPEN WORKSHOP is directed by Neeraj Bhatia with associate Cesar Lopez.