Little Free Library/NYC - Forrest Jessee and Brigette Borders

Design Team: Forrest Jessee and Brigette Borders, studio point 0
Community Partner: Abrons Art Center/Henry Street Settlement

Little Free Libraries not only promotes literacy, but offers the possibility of curated social interaction around learning. Mobile and web-based resources have streamlined the experience of gathering and reading news and literature, yet single platform consumption neuters the content. The sensory experience of reading a printed book can be observed, cherished, envied, and inspire knowledge sharing. A Little Free Library in New York City should emphasize what has been lost in digital platforms by offering a media space to connect readers, harness a microcosm of reading lists and interests, and inspire the immediacy of sharing.

Jessee and Borders graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation with Masters in Architecture in 2009. Jessee is a designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Borders is the Director of Business Development at Flatcut, LLC. Both currently teach at Columbia University and recently co-founded studio point 0.