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Create pop-up libraries, art studios, and more.
Programming kits for public space.
Street Lab is a nonprofit that creates and shares programs for public space in order to improve the urban environment, strengthen neighborhoods, and bring people together. To that end, we’ve developed award-winning programming kits that can be deployed in almost any location. We deploy this gear in NYC, and we fabricate kits for cities, libraries, and organizations across the globe. The kits are named after our first portable reading room, called the Uni.
One kit features a patented stage case that rolls into place and unfolds to reveal books or an art studio. Another uses a system of cubes to create a 360º library. We also fabricate stackable benches. We connect, promote, and support organizations using these designs so we can all share new solutions and best practices.
The Uni Tower is a modular structure of cubes that can display books and materials in a 360º configuration. Learn more.
The Uni Cart transports books and activities inside a patented, rolling stage case, which unfolds into a sculptural shelf. Learn more.
Uni Benches are sturdy, lightweight, and stackable, providing seating for two people side-by-side. Learn more.
Can you deliver kits that include content (books, art supplies, etc)?
Yes. We have curated and delivered library collections, fully stocked art studios, science exhibits, and library outreach kits for various partners. And if you prefer to choose your own content, we’re always available to share our approach to curating programs in NYC.
What project support do you offer?
What are dimensions and weights of the kits?
Benches are 14.5”H x 16”W x 30”L and weigh 9lbs each.
Uni cubes (for tower) are approximately 15.5”H x 15.5”W x 15.5”D (tapered side 8″) and weigh 8 lbs each.
The mini cart is 38”H x 25”W x 46”L closed and weighs approximately 200 lbs, empty. Each shelf bay is approximately 14″ tall and 14” wide, providing approximately 168 linear inches of shelf space.
The tall cart is 50”H x 25”W x 50”L closed and weighs approximately 250 lbs, empty. Each shelf bay is approximately 14″ tall and 14” wide, providing approximately 252 linear inches of shelf space.
Do I need a truck?
What cities already have Uni programming kits?
We’ve built and shipped Uni infrastructure to the DC Public Library, Seattle Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy (Boston MA), Calgary Public Library, The U.S. State Department, and many more partners.
The project has been hailed as a “groundbreaking idea” by Library Journal and was featured in the US Pavilion 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. It was awarded an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation in 2013 and was a winner of the Mayor of Boston’s Public Space Invitational in 2014.