The Library Is Open: Phu Hoang, Rachely Rotem
Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem, co-founders of MODU, participate in the third edition of “The Library is Open” with a presentation of their book A Field Guide to Indoor Urbanism (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2022).
Published by the interdisciplinary design studio MODU, this “field guide” explores threshold spaces between the interior and the exterior. What are experiences between architecture and the environment? Where can the boundaries between the interior and the urban be drawn? What role does the climate crisis play in this? For their research and design projects, Phu Hoang and Rachely Rotem look at three major cities on different continents: New York, Rome, and Tokyo. MODU leaves behind the binary idea of inside and outside and rather understands architecture as an extension of the environment. Thus, it imagines a hybrid of urban space, architecture, and interior space. The book explores the different geographic locations and presents their own design projects.
The Library is Open discussion series is curated by Andrés Jaque, Dean of Columbia GSAPP, and Bart-Jan Polman, Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at Columbia GSAPP.