Join us for this special program as part of our second floor gallery exhibition, THE OPEN WORKSHOP: NEW INVESTIGATIONS IN COLLECTIVE FORM.

Neeraj Bhatia of The Open Workshop and Florian Idenburg of the firm SO-IL will present on Umberto Eco’s The Open Work, an influential text for both firms. The discussion will be moderated by Architectural Theorist Dora Epstein Jones.


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Book Signing

Florain Idenburg will be available to sign copies of his new book for purchase, Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura. This book introduces an attitude towards the design and realization of architecture in a time of increased instability. It is illustrated with rarely seen images and punctuated with essays on the work of the firm SO-IL. The book is available for purchase via Lars Muller Publishers after this event.

The Open Workshop will debut the exhibition catalog for New Investigations in Collective Form, also available for purchase. Organized around five design-research themes, the book contains projects and research by The Open Workshop with written contributions by: Pier Vittorio Aureli (foreword); Charles Waldheim (Introduction); Peggy Deamer (Afterword), Clare Lyster,Keith Krumwiede, Jenny Odell, Albert Pope, Rafi Segal and curators Lucía Sanromán and Martin Strickland. The catalog will be available through YBCA for purchase after this event.

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Florian Idenburg is an internationally renowned architect and co-founder, with Jin Liu, of the New York-based architecture and design firm SO–IL, which is best known in the U.S. for the recently completed Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Idenburg combines a pragmatic approach with a theoretical drive, sharing this creative spirit with clients, collaborators, and students. A frequent speaker at institutions around the world, he is Associate Professor of Practice at Harvard University and has previously taught at MIT, Columbia, and Princeton University. His current research investigates the future of workspaces, and he is developing a forthcoming publication on this topic.

Neeraj Bhatia is a licensed architect and urban designer from Toronto, and the founder of The Open Workshop. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an assistant professor at California College of the Arts, where he also codirects the urbanism research lab The Urban Works Agency. Prior to CCA, Bhatia held teaching positions at Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Toronto. Select distinctions include the Emerging Leaders Award from DesignIntelligence, Graham Foundation Grants, the Lawrence B. Anderson Award, Shell Center for Sustainability Grant, Odebrecht first prize Award for Sustainability, ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Fulbright Fellowship. He is the coeditor of the books Bracket [Takes Action], The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Bracket [Goes Soft], and Arium: Weather + Architecture, and coauthor of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling—Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism. He has a master’s degree in architecture and urbanism from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and bachelor of architecture from the University of Waterloo.

Dora Epstein Jones, Ph.D., is an architectural theorist, historian and curator whose work advocates for the field, profession, practice and discipline of architecture. She has published widely on the history of the architectural discipline, including Log 31: New Ancients, The Building anthology, and most recently on behalf of Possible Mediums. She an enthusiastic arts administrator and educator: the Coordinator of Graduate History and Theory at AAU, the former Coordinator of History and Theory, and General Studies at SCI-Arc, and the former Executive Director of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, an advisor to the Getty Research Institute, and the Curator of “The Drawing Show” recently on view at Yale University.


The Open Workshop: New Investigations in Collective Form is part of The City Initiative, a series of case studies by architects, designers, planners, and artists creating provocative work in the urban environment. It is organized by Martin Strickland, exhibitions associate, and Lucía Sanromán, director of visual arts.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.

YBCA Programs are made possible in part by: The James Irvine Foundation.

Additional Funding for YBCA Programs: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and Members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

YBCA Exhibitions are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program, and Meridee Moore and Kevin King.

Lead Image: Headshots of Florian Idenburg and Neeraj Bhatia. Courtesy the artist.