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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

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The Uni is made of 144 wooden cubes [9] 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 [10], 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 [11], 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 [12], 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 [13], like here in New York. The Uni Project plans to launch this fall, barring that they raise enough funds on their Kickstarter [14] campaign.

+ The Uni Project Kickstarter [14]

+ The Uni Project [6]

+ Howeler Yoon [7]

Via NY Curbed [15]


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[6] The Uni Portable Reading Room: http://www.theuniproject.org/

[7] Höweler + Yoon: http://www.hyarchitecture.com/

[8] book : http://inhabitat.com/top-6-must-have-green-supplies-for-back-to-school/

[9] cubes: http://inhabitat.com/ghent-university-students-develop-diy-zero-energy-e-cube-building-kit-for-solar-decathlon/

[10] bench: http://inhabitat.com/photos-more-green-designs-from-london’s-new-designers-graduate-show/

[11] books: http://inhabitat.com/ecochicks-guide-to-a-greener-you/

[12] traditional mobile “book bus” model: http://inhabitat.com/interview-we-talk-to-bicycle-library-founder-karta-healy/

[13] urban space: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/old-school-roller-rink-coming-to-the-lot-at-the-high-line/

[14] Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/uni/the-uni-a-portable-open-air-reading-room-for-publi

[15] 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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