• Bracket [On Sharing]
    Neeraj Bhatia and Maya Przybylski
    Grace Abou Jaoude and Víctor Muñoz Sanz, Piper Bernbaum, Sara Brysch, Roy Cloutier, Jessica Colangelo, Catherine De Almeida, Rodrigo Durán, Ifat Finkelman Oren Sagiv and Tania Coen-Uzzielli, Julia Grinkrug and Shalini Agrawal, Stefan Gruber, Stefan Gruber Ursula Acternkamp and Klaus Fischedick, GruppoTorto, Olivia Hamilton, Qiyao Han and Greg Keeffe, Brian Holland Andrew Bruno and John Vogt, Nahyun Hwang and David Eugin Moon (N H D M), Lluis J. Liñán, Julia Jamrozik, Gabriel Kaprielian, Leen Katrib, Eleni Katrini, Marc Maxey and Ellen Donnelly, Murado & Elvira Krahe (MEK), Jack Murphy, Norell/Rodhe, Felipe Orensanz and María Teresa Flores, Dimitris Papanikolaou, Kaitlyn Pelletier, Joel Piecowye, Carlos Sandoval, Brett Snyder and N. Claire Napawan, Antje Steinmuller and Christopher Falliers, Harry Wei and Han Dong, Benjamin Wells, Eric Wycoff Roger, Lizzie Yarina, and George Zhang
    Applied Research + Design Publishing, 2024

Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster, “Full Circle,” 2016. Full Circle takes a typical swing-set and questions its conventional linear arrangement to provide opportunities for interaction, communication, confrontation and dialogue/ Digital Photograph. Courtesy Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster. Photo: Coryn Kempster

Bracket [On Sharing] examines design work and theoretical papers that offer contemporary models of sharing. From recent discussions on the sharing economy and co-living, to shared resources at the individual to infrastructural scale, [On Sharing] investigates how design can produce innovative ways to share space, time, or resources to foster a more equitable and collective society. In a society moving towards privatization, individualism, and spatial distancing, sharing reminds us what we hold in common. Bracket is a book series that highlights emerging critical issues at the juncture of architecture, environment, and digital culture. Seeking new voices and design talent, Bracket is structured around an open call for entries. Conceived as an almanac, the series looks at emerging thematics in our global age that are shaping the built environment in radically significant, yet often unexpected ways.

Neeraj Bhatia is an architect whose work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an associate professor at the California College of the Arts (CCA) where he directs the urbanism research lab, The Urban Works Agency. Prior to CCA, Bhatia held teaching positions at Cornell University and Rice University. He is also founder of The Open Workshop, a transcalar design-research office examining the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. Select distinctions include the Prix de Rome (2019), Architectural League Prize (2016), Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence (2016), 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 coeditor of books Bracket [Takes Action], The Petropolis of Tomorrow, Bracket [Goes Soft], Arium: Weather + Architecture, and coauthor of New Investigations in Collective Form (Actar), and Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling—Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (PA Press).

Maya Przybylski is an associate professor and associate director of undergraduate studies at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo where she founded the DATAlab group. Przybylski combines her background in architecture and computer science to explore how the increased availability of data and the emergence of computational design transforms the theoretical frameworks, methodologies, tools and outcomes of the architect. Select distinctions and awards for scholarly work include Canada's Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development Grant (2018), Sidewalk Labs Grant (2018), ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Medal. She is coeditor of books Bracket [On Farming] and Bracket [At Extremes] (Actar), and coauthor of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling—Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism (PA Press). Through her design work, Przybylski has collaborated with a range of practices including Material Syntax, RVTR, Lateral Office, WilliamsonWilliamson Architects, and Bruce Mau Design.

Launched in 2008, Bracket is a research collaborative operating as a nonprofit association registered in Canada. The collaborative is led by four architect-academics based in Canada and the United States. Bracket's mission is to highlight the next generation of designers, thinkers, and critics that are examining how architecture, in its broadest possible sense, shapes our social, ecological, and political realms. Bracket offers a platform for documenting issues overlooked yet central to our spatial and cultural milieu that have evolved out of, and catalyzed, a new disciplinary territory at the intersection of architecture, environment, and digital culture. The mediums of this platform include the print-book series, [Bracket], its online counterpart hosted by Archinect, as well as exhibitions/ symposia related to the thematic content. Occupying a unique space between a book and journal allows [Bracket] to deliver content that is both in-depth and timely. Bracket’s themes are rooted in unpacking how our age of globalization is shaping the built environment in radically significant and yet unexpected ways. The long-term impact of Bracket is the charting of a new generation of spatial practitioners as they engage the complex impacts of globalization and technology on architecture, environment, landscape, and urbanism.