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Architect Transforms Obsolete Phone Booths Into Libraries
By Syafiqah Omar, 21 Feb 2012
New York-based architect John Locke converts phone booths around the city into communal libraries where anyone can drop or pick up a book.
Part of his ‘Department of Urban Betterment’ interventionist project, Locke’s phonebooths, titled ‘Dub 002’, are installed with machine-cut, plywood shelves designed with indents into the interiors of the phone booths.
Moreover, the pay phone still remains accessible and functional.
“Even as they are rendered obsolete by the ubiquity of smartphones, I’m interested in pay phones because they are both anachronistic and quotidian. Relics, they’re dead technology perched on the edge of obsolescence,” says Locke.
“But they can also be a place of opportunity, something to reprogram and somewhere to come together and share a good book with your neighbors”.
[via Design Boom]
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