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Book Forest: Berlin Turns Fallen Tree Trunks Into a Free Book Exchange!
Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 21, 2012 @ 2:20 am In Art,carousel showcase,Design,Features,Gallery,Innovation,Recycled Materials | 2 Comments
The book exchange kiosk  is set amidst a tree lined block in Prenzlauer Berg, in front of a quaint dessert café. All throughout the day, neighborhood residents young and old busily use the Bucherwald, bringing their old books and exchanging them for “new” ones .
The kiosk itself is made from fallen trees  cut at varying heights and bolted together to mimic a tree cluster in the forest, – they even still bear the texture of rough bark. Three or four rectangular box shelves are carved into each trunk. The wooden boxes are protected from the elements by heavy plastic flaps that are hung over the openings.
Visitors can open the plastic flaps to browse the books  left inside, or add their own. The urban bookcase can hold up to 100 volumes at a time, and on the day that Inhabitat visited books ranged from popular novels to history books, DIYs, and children’s books – in both German and English.
The Berlin Book Forest encourages literacy, while also promoting education on the supply chain of books – from forest to wood to paper. The Book Forest was installed in 2006 with the intention of remaining just until June of 2008, but it has become so beloved that it is still widely used today.
Photos by Lori Zimmer for Inhabitat
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 book-bearing: http://inhabitat.com/6-delightful-pop-up-libraries-to-encourage-reading-this-summer/
 BauFachFrau: http://www.baufachfrau-berlin.de/en/stadtraeume/stadtmoebel/buecherwald/
 BookCrossing : http://www.bookcrossing.com/
 book swap club: http://inhabitat.com/little-free-library-tiny-house-shaped-boxes-let-you-take-a-book-or-leave-one/
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 book exchange kiosk: http://inhabitat.com/new-uk-library-fits-within-a-phone-booth/
 old books and exchanging them for “new” ones: http://inhabitat.com/reused-container-becomes-dutch-childrens-library-pop-up-parable/
 made from fallen trees: http://inhabitat.com/gleisdreieck-parks-minimal-playground-is-built-simply-from-wood-ropes-and-steel/
 browse the books: http://inhabitat.com/weapon-of-mass-instruction-is-a-mobile-library-that-disseminates-free-books-in-argentina/
 books: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/obsolete-nyc-phone-booths-turned-into-free-mini-libraries-by-architect-john-locke/
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