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The pay phone re-envisioned as community book sharing

May 12, 2012

The proliferation of mobile phones means that pay phones in urban areas are becoming obsolete. Architect John Locke has re-envisioned old pay phones in a way that benefits local communities. His proposal:

His first prototype was disassembled rather quickly, first the books disappeared, then the shelves after less than two weeks. But round two, 002, was established in a different neighborhood near more pedestrian traffic and public zones and has seen greater success. The idea is to have a community book exchange; local residents can both take and leave books as they wish as part of the “department of urban betterment” (DUB). I love the concept for the local mini libraries, it would be interesting to see what kind of books show up in different neighborhoods.

Images via John Locke

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