Open Your Own Little Free Library

I know you guys like new-style street and commmunity libraries (like this one, this one, this one or this one), so I’m happy to share another library project I came across. Inspired by the Little Free Library movement, Boing Boing blogger Amy Seidenwurm decided to open her own library in public space with help from friends and relatives. ‘Little Free Library #2646’ is located on a “sad vacant lot near our house and a nursery school”, Seidenwurm explains. The Little Free Library project started out as an idea to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free  book exchanges around the world. Over the last years the project has grown into an international movement with more than 2,510 (!) community-driven libraries.

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London’s Most Fashionable Facade

In an effort to recycle clothing and decrease waste fashion, department store Marks & Spencer launched ‘Shwopping’, a project that combines shopping and swapping. The fashion brand covered a couple of facades of buildings in hipster town East London with 10,000 pieces of unwanted apparel, resulting in a brilliant, colorful temporary installation that completely changes the face of the buildings.

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From Trash To Treasure: Raumlabor’s Recycled Home

My mother always told me that recycling was a good thing to do for the environment (thanks, Mom!). Plenty of architects are catching onto the trend: we’ve written previously about a façade made from a thousand doors, recycled bus shelters in Uganda’s bustling capital city, and, of course, shipping container urbanism. There certainly isn’t a shortage of useable material on this planet that begs to be re-made into something new.

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E-Waste Furniture By Rodrigo Alonso

Colombia-based designer Rodrigo Alonso has launched his ‘N+ew: No More Electronic Waste’ series, a collection of pretty bizarre cube-shaped stools. As you can see, the furniture’s main ingredient is recycled electronic waste, as well as epoxic resin and melted aluminium to shape the stools. This must be the most chemical furniture I’ve ever seen. The…

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1,000 Recycled Doors Make A Great Façade

1,000 recycled doors are enough for the South Korean architect Choi Jeong-Hwa to transform a dull ten-story building into a fresh-looking landmark. This ‘skyscraper’ in the center of the Korean capital Seoul has become a pixelated landmark, that tells the story of thousand people who once chose a fitting color for a door in their apartment. In…

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