- 8:12 am - Tue, Sep 25, 2012
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We [have seen] phone booths being converted into lending libraries and now … aquariums. The Japanese art collective Kingyobu (Goldfish club) have been turning phone booths into goldfish aquariums throughout Osaka as part of the city’s Canvas Project art festival. Kinda crazy. Kinda fun.
Perhaps surprisingly, Unconsumption covered an earlier phone booth-as-aquarium project here. But still.
Broad selection of phone booth reuse projects here.
More on this one (which is still pretty awesome), here: Phone Booth Aquariums: Kingyobu «
- 10:29 am - Sun, Jul 15, 2012
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New York starts turning payphones into free Wi-fi hotspots
The hotspots are initially coming to ten payphones in three of the boroughs and will be open to the public to access for free. You can see a list of sites here. Users just agree to the terms, visit the city’s tourism website and then they’re up and running. Currently, there are no ads on the service, but there could be in the future.
The effort is part of the city’s larger goal of providing more digital inclusion for residents. And it’s also aimed at helping figure out the future of the city’s payphones, which are a source of complaints from many residents because they attract crime or are just plain ugly.
The payphones have been outfitted with “military grade” antennas, that provide service up to 300 feet away. The $2,000 installation is being provided for free by Van Wagner Communications, which owns many of the city’s payphones. The plan is to eventually spread the Wi-Fi hotspots to more of the city’s 13,000 payphones with the maintenance and ongoing costs paid by the payphone companies.
We’ve come across obsolete phone booths turned into community book-swapping spots, bars, art venues, EV charging stations, and now, in New York City, free Wi-fi hotspots — excellent!
A couple of years ago, there was talk in China of converting many of that country’s unused phone booths into Wi-fi spots. Mentioned here.
- 7:57 pm - Wed, Jun 20, 2012
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We’ve spotted various new uses for phone booths and boxes, and even though this red telephone box is a replica of the classic British K6 kiosk, it could serve as inspiration for what could be done with an actual — decommissioned — phone box.
The “box lounger,” made by artist Benjamin Shine, is one of several artist-enhanced reproduction phone boxes on display in London.
Later this summer, the phone box art pieces will be auctioned off to raise funds for ChildLine, a children’s charity celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Click here to see other boxes in the BT ArtBox collection.
(via BT ArtBox : Celebrating 25 Years of ChildLine)
- 3:57 pm - Wed, Jul 20, 2011
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In England: Another obsolete phone booth’s repurposed as a community lending library.
(via TreeHugger; hat tip to Do The Green Thing)
Check out other phone booths converted to new uses here.
- 3:32 pm
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The closing of a pub in the English village of Shepreth inspired residents to “turn a redundant phone box into an alehouse” for a weekend.
(via BBC News; hat tip Do The Green Thing)
This converted phone booth is a great one to add to the Unconsumption gallery showcasing new uses for them.
- 5:09 pm - Wed, Mar 2, 2011
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The Aquarium Phone Booth
An ordinary phone booth was transformed into an aquarium by artists Benoit Deseille and Benedetto Bufalino as part of the Lyon Light Festival in France.
As the designers stated:
“With the advent of the mobile telephone, telephone booths lie unused. We rediscover this glass cage transformed into an aquarium, full of exotically colored fish; an invitation to escape and travel.”
Psyched to add this post to Unconsumption’s gallery of repurposed phone booths.
- 10:03 am - Sun, Feb 20, 2011
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Well, thanks to friend of Unconsumption Kirsten Hively, I’ve learned we haven’t yet featured this charming phone booth-turned-lending library in Somerset, England. More information about the library, where area residents can swap books, DVDs, and CDs, can be found in this 2009 BBC News story.
Scroll down on this page to see other repurposed phone booths we’ve shared on Unconsumption. Are there others?
- 3:07 pm
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Another conversion of phone booths:
Last year, Telekom Austria announced plans to turn phone booths into EV recharging stations (“stave off obsolescence”). (via Engadget)