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How the Neighborhood Came Together to Build This Mini-Library Parklet

Patrick McDonnell

A bunch of Dallas groups including Architecture for Humanity - Dallas/Fort Worth, Playhouse Fun Project, Garden Cafe, and Revolutionary Pants, came together to build a mini-library parklet.

The idea came to us as a way to celebrate Architecture month an event called the Big Read in Dallas. It took us a month to conceptualize, collect materials, and build our parklet. Then we revealed it at Taco Fest put on by our friends the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. Total cost of the project was $64.

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  • Rachel Cook

    Thanks for the great post about two things near and dear to my heart- books and Dallas :)

    • Patrick McDonnell

      You're welcome Rachelecook! Same here. It was pretty cool to see how people just picked up the books and started reading/thumbing through them just because they were there. Then to watch some people slip into a reading mode where they tuned the whole world around them out and just relaxed in a big space surrounded by people. Books are powerful!

  • Lindsey Smith

    AWESOME! Where did you guys find all of the cardboard rolls?

    • Patrick McDonnell

      There's an architecture firm here in Dallas, HKS, that was getting ready to move and they were getting ready to throw away all the foam core, so we claimed it. The tubes came from an architect friends who had been collecting boxes of them from his studio. He was pretty happy to get rid of them finally.

  • Lindsey Smith

    AWESOME! Where did you guys find all of the cardboard rolls?