12 Innovative Ways to Rethink Our Cities From the U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale

Jennifer Hattam
Design / Urban Design
September 6, 2012

The Uni

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the uni mobile public library

credit: The Uni Project

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This mobile, modular outdoor library brings food for the mind and spirit into the public sphere, "converting any square or sidewalk into a plein-air learning lounge." Developed in Boston by Street Lab (now The Uni Project) in collaboration with Höweler + Yoon Architecture, The Uni is composed of open-faced stacking cubes, each of which can hold 10 to 15 books. Since its first appearance at a street market in Lower Manhattan, these portable reading rooms have been installed all over New York City and Boston and recently traveled to Almaty, Kazakhstan.

A similar project, Phone Booth Book Share, has turned obsolete pay phones into spaces for members of the community to swap reading material.