A THOMASIAN architect won big in an international competition for his innovative design of a mobile pop-up library.

William Ti Jr. bagged the “Excellent Communications Design Architecture” award in the 2018 German Design Awards, for his Book Stop Project last Oct. 23.

The international prize is given annually to top-quality entries for design landscapes and products.

Ti, who obtained his architecture degree from the University in 2002, said the Book Stop Project was his way of building “a community of Filipino readers.”

“It’s surprising and it’s also fulfilling because you see the power of an idea—how strong ideas can be,” Ti told the Varsitarian in an interview.

The Book Stop Project, an urban initiative project of WTA Architecture and Design Studio, is a 12-square-meter pop-up library made of steel and wood where passersby can borrow and exchange academic and literary books.

The mobile library was also among the winners of this year’s Architizer A+ Awards, an international awards program that recognizes best architectural projects and products.

The Book Stop Project, which began ‪on April 23‬ last year, has been set up in the following locations: Plaza Roma in front of the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, ‪Plaza del Carmen‬ in front of the San Sebastian Church, the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati and Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

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