publiclibrary

Urban intervention
Major cities, Israel
Ongoing since 2009

publiclibrary is an artistic, social, urban project proposing the creation of a network of public libraries on top of the infrastructure of the existing urban transportation system.

As part of the project, bookshelves were placed in bus stations.
The insertion of a foreign object such as a bookshelf into the a familiar bus stations was a gentle action which re-illuminated the concepts of book and library as it offered a new practical definition of the concept public library.

The pilot ran in several cities in Israel to enthusiastic user responses. Local users (city residents) operate the new libraries by themselves according to the conceptemblazoned on the stations: You may take. You may add. You may return.

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AXA.LAB
Architecture & Experimental Art Lab

Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, Haifa