- 10:43 am - Mon, Apr 22, 2013
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The other day we noted plans to repurpose Denver’s unused train station into a hotel. Turns out it’s not the only former train station that’s finding new life:
The heyday of railway travel may have passed, but the nostalgic allure of architecturally striking infrastructure has ensured that it’s not the end of the line for many historic station buildings. We recently learned that Union Station in Denver, which opened to passengers in the late 19th century, will be transformed into a trendy hotel, with adjoining restaurants and a beer hall, by 2014. Click through our gallery to see how other train stations have been repurposed into thriving cultural centers, libraries, and more.
Train Station Library
Library attendance numbers in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands were dwindling. A public service organization decided to bring books to the people instead of waiting for people to come to the books. They created a public library in part of the Haarlem train station, providing a literary oasis for busy commuters.
More: 10 Incredible Repurposed Train Stations – Flavorwire
- 9:09 am - Mon, Apr 1, 2013
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The laudable trend toward free book-sharing setups has gotten plenty of attention, and here at Unconsumption we have highlighted many notable examples — some involving phone booths of all sorts; informal street versions; and of course the Little Free Libraries initiative.
But this particular book-share project happens to have an Unconsumption connection: It’s located in the community Metro Star Garden in Savannah, GA, where Unconsumption co-founder Rob Walker (that’s me) has some involvement.
In fact, if you happen to be in Savannah this Friday night April 5, the Metro Star Library makes its official debut in connection with the monthly Art March. Several of us from the garden will be around from 6-9 pm, showing off the garden and library and just generally hobnobbing with neighbors and Art Marchers. Perhaps there will even be refreshments? Only one way to find out for sure!
Anyway, the Metro Star Library was built at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Boundary Hall, and came about thanks in large part to the efforts and generosity of SCAD’s Scott Thorp and Todd Yuratich, as well as a number of students. Scott, a professor and the design program coordinator at SCAD, arranged for a bunch of students to sign on for an extra-credit series of workshops organized around building little libraries. Todd, an amazing woodworker who oversees the Boundary Hall shop space and also has his own practice, Miel Manufacturing (don’t miss his very cool “wooden paintings,” made completely from offcuts), led the workshops.
The blue/grey library was the one Todd built as a demo, and the second structure, which the garden is using as an “information” box (which we needed) was created by students Sydney Barnett, Taylor Olenik and Jamie Karaat, who I believe are all fashion majors.
Both structures were designed and constructed entirely from excess materials around the shop — pretty cool!
And they look even better in person. So Savannah folks should come by the garden Friday night!
More pictures of the garden itself (which is also a repurposing project of sorts — it used to be a vacant lot) here.
And of course, there’s much more elsewhere in the Unconsumption archives about swapping, sharing and the sharing economy / collaborative consumption, libraries, and books.
Metro Star Garden Library Debut: Friday Night April 5, 6-9 pm, corner of 38th & Howard, Savannah, GA.
- 11:54 am - Sat, Sep 22, 2012
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A group of activists transformed an empty building in Oakland, California into a people’s library. Follow this linkto check out photos of the revitalized space.
The organizers named it the “Victor Martinez People’s Library” in honor of the late Latino author. In an interview with the San Jose Mercury News, Jaime Silva (one of the organizers) explained that the building had been abandoned for a few years and its darkness “sucks the life out of the community.”
Unfortunately, the people’s ability to enjoy the library was short-lived. The police have since evicted the library. …
(via Activists Build Library Inside Abandoned Building in Oakland - GalleyCat)
- 11:32 am - Sun, Jun 24, 2012
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Honolulu public library books that have been taken out of circulation get folded into art by Wendy Kawabata.
Pictured: Part of Wendy’s Withdrawn from Circulation installation in New Zealand.
(Spotted on Poppytalk)
Note: Unconsumption caveat on using books as raw material. Also: Find some previous posts on new uses for old books here.
- 11:43 am - Fri, Apr 13, 2012
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Artists transform vandalized library books into art
In 2001, librarians and staff at the San Francisco Public Library started finding damaged books, mainly related to gay, lesbian, and HIV/AIDS issues, shoved under shelves. The vandal was caught and ultimately charged with a hate crime.
“Rather than discard the damaged books, the Library distributed them to interested community members in the hope of creating art.” The artistic responses comprise “Reversing Vandalism,” an exhibition of more than 200 works of art.
Images, via Reversing Vandalism: Online Gallery :: San Francisco Public Library: Altered book pieces by Mary Bennett (top) and Gretchen Schermerhorn and Eric Bu.
In case you missed them: Unconsumption’s collection of library-related posts can be found here; books here.
- 1:39 pm - Thu, Apr 12, 2012
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When the University of Iowa Libraries retired its decades-old physical card catalog in 2004, librarians and library staff hoped to “find as many creative uses as possible for the salvaged card catalog cards and generate a sense of community among those who love the card catalog.” They offered cards to artists and students, among other people, who responded by crafting the 3” x 5” cards into works of art.
Pictured, from the cARTalog digital collection: Matt Pollard’s flip book, Gregory Galloway’s collage, and Sandy Brandes’s illustrated piece.
More: cARTalog - Iowa Digital Library
Other libraries, such as University of South Carolina’s, have commemorated their beloved, yet obsolete card catalogs in creative ways.
- Earlier Unconsumption posts on San Francisco Public Library card catalog cards used as wall covering here, and Brooklyn Museum Libraries catalog card repurposing here.
- Additional National Library Week posts here and book-related posts here.
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Continuing our celebration of National Library Week:
Jackson [New Hampshire] Public Library partnered with the local historical society to re-erect the Trickey Barn, which dates to the 1850s but was dismantled in 2008, for use as the new library building. It replaces an 800-square-foot facility that lacked plumbing. The new structure offers Wi-Fi, plenty of seating, and is accessible to people with disabilities.
Architect: Denis Mires, P.A. The Architects
(via American Libraries Magazine)