07 Mar '12, 1pm

#NYC phone booths transformed into mini public libraries?? Yes, please #upcycle

#NYC phone booths transformed into mini public libraries?? Yes, please #upcycle

Architect John Locke hopes his New York City communal phone booth libraries catch on. Photo: John Locke Just as e-readers have rendered the bound paper book nearly obsolete, the prominence of cell phones has made traditional phone booths little more than an inner-city eye sore. The two outdated means of communication now find themselves kindred spirits, thanks to an international movement to turn former phone booths into “take one, leave one” communal libraries, with the intention to keep material books in the hands of those who read them, rather than in the dump. John Locke , the New York City architect behind the “Department of Urban Betterment” project, recently took a cue from similar projects in the United Kingdom and Los Angeles, starting with the idea that phone booths are now a liability. Rather than ripping them out, he wanted to turn them into an asset. “As a boo...

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