As we enter the homestretch on Kickstarter, here’s an email we sent to our friends asking for help. We’re deeply grateful to everyone who has joined us thus far, at all levels and in different ways, to help build the Uni. Onward!

Dear Friends,
Sam and I have two weeks left to raise funds to launch our next project called the Uni, a portable reading room for public space. We’re fundraising on Kickstarter, which is a new, all-or-nothing fundraising platform, so we’ll be funded only if people collectively pledge our launch amount by August 15. We’ve got 130+ terrific backers and are only $7,000 away from our goal. Please jump in if you like our idea.

The Uni is more than just books on a street corner, it is a way for communities to take a stand about what we see around us at street level. The lightweight infrastructure carves out space to bring people together around books and learning. It creates an oasis for kids and adults alike. Walking home from school or work, the Uni will be a place to discover a book, hear a talk, get or give homework help, and feel there is something out there beyond shopping and consuming. If we had small libraries on our street corners instead of McDonalds, we wouldn’t need the Uni. Until then, this is what Sam and I will be working on.

Pledge on Kickstarter and become a founding contributor:

Read our latest project update:

https://www.theuniproject.org/2011/07/two-weeks-in/

Thanks very much,
Leslie and Sam

The base of the Uni is coming together in the MIT Shop yard

We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to www.streetlab.org. Thanks for sticking with us!