The Open Workshop lecture

December 30, 2017

The Open Workshop | Dredgescaping Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, 2014. Credit: The Open Workshop

In 2016, Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop won the League Prize, which celebrates young architects and designers. He presented his work as part of the League Prize lecture series.

As Bhatia sees it, design has traditionally been grounded in the belief that nature is controllable and society relatively homogenous. But as rapid ecological and social change challenge these assumptions, the profession needs to evolve as well.

“This becomes a question of where design and designers should assert control and where [they] can allow for choice, flexibility, and transformation,” he said.

His talk explored how this dynamic plays out in several of his projects, including:

Watch the full lecture below.