Design Study

Cevan Castle designs a Little Free Library

An open-source design for Little Free Library/NYC

Designer: Cevan Castle
Community Partner: The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center

Libraries are shelters for people, as well as books. Children, especially, rely on libraries as a safe destination outside of home or school. Books are not the only attraction. The activities that congregate in and around the library collection—such as storytelling, tutoring, clubs—allow children to connect with each other and share in a safe place. New York City is not particularly friendly to children. The presence of a neighborhood library gives our smaller residents a destination and means of connection. I propose that Little Free Libraries could help children find an anchor in an otherwise adult-sized landscape.

Cevan Castle graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation in May 2012 with a Master of Architecture. Castle is currently an Artist Teacher at the Joan Mitchell Foundation and works independently as a sculpture and fabricator.