Competition :: Little Free Libraries/New York

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Submission Deadline: Monday, March 4th, 2013

The Little Free Libraries movement was established less than 3 years ago and is founded around the premise "take a book, leave a book." They place small-scale book shelters in neighborhoods and they now populate 5,000 communities worldwide.

The PEN World Voices Festival and the Architectural League of New York are partnering up for a Little Free Libraries/New York Project. It will be presented as part of the May 2013 IDEAS CITY festival. The libraries will facilitate an informal exchange of books in the city's public spaces. Local residents and visitors may use and contribute to these local non-market based resources.

In response to the request for qualifications, Architects and Designers interested in creating a library as part of the project are invited to submit their qualifications and describe their interest in the project. A jury will select 10 teams to each design and fabricate a library. The selected design teams will be matched with partner organizations by the PEN World Voices Festival and the Architectural League of New York. The commissioned Little Free Libraries/New York will be installed on May 4, 2013, as part of the IDEAS CITY festival.

The application has to be submitted as a single PDF no later than 11:59 PM on Monday, March 4th, 2013.

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