Urban Intervention

by
Abby Zimet

From New York architect John Locke's 'Department of Urban Betterment," phone booths repurposed into communal libraries. And yes, you can borrow them. Books donated and plywood milled by locals. Very cool.

"Even as they are rendered obsolete by the ubiquity of smartphones, I’m interested in pay phones because they are both anachronistic and quotidian. Relics, they’re dead technology perched on the edge of obsolescence...hearkening back to a lost shared public space we might no longer have any use for. But they can also be a place of opportunity."

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