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The Uni Project: A Portable Reading Room Designed by Höweler + Yoon for NYC!
Posted By Lori Zimmer On July 29, 2011 @ 1:18 pm In Books,Manhattan | No Comments
The Uni is made of 144 wooden cubes  that can be reconfigured, or fit together into an eight foot cube. The cubes fit around 15 books each, and feature a cover that can fit together to make modular furniture. Each piece can be made into a bench , table, podium or display surface. This versatility also complements the possibilities of the Uni itself — a venue for lectures, workshops, classes, film screenings and the like.
The idea behind Uni is to promote books , learning and literacy, and engage neighborhoods in an innovative way. Uni’s design alone sets it apart. Straying from the traditional mobile “book bus” model , the modular and moveable structure helps pique the interest of the community. It also, unlike a book bus, provides a comfortable sitting area and place to relax and enjoy a book, creating an environment of learning inspiration.
The lightweight and scalable design also fits perfectly in an urban space , like here in New York. The Uni Project plans to launch this fall, barring that they raise enough funds on their Kickstarter  campaign.
+ Howeler Yoon 
Via NY Curbed 
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 The Uni Portable Reading Room: http://www.theuniproject.org/
 Höweler + Yoon: http://www.hyarchitecture.com/
 book : http://inhabitat.com/top-6-must-have-green-supplies-for-back-to-school/
 cubes: http://inhabitat.com/ghent-university-students-develop-diy-zero-energy-e-cube-building-kit-for-solar-decathlon/
 bench: http://inhabitat.com/photos-more-green-designs-from-london’s-new-designers-graduate-show/
 books: http://inhabitat.com/ecochicks-guide-to-a-greener-you/
 traditional mobile “book bus” model: http://inhabitat.com/interview-we-talk-to-bicycle-library-founder-karta-healy/
 urban space: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/old-school-roller-rink-coming-to-the-lot-at-the-high-line/
 Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/uni/the-uni-a-portable-open-air-reading-room-for-publi
 NY Curbed: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2011/07/28/fall_preview_openair_reading_capsule_in_a_neighborhood_near_you.php
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