I’m strange about libraries. They move me.

It’s one part love of what they do, one part love of what they represent, and one part frustration with the consumer culture everywhere else.

Here’s a beautiful library that I visited a few days ago in Hudson, NY. A rusting book drop, lions out front with drooping heads, a foot stool for kids at the drinking fountain. It sits on a hill opposite the courthouse at the other side of town. I love libraries in storefronts, but I also love libraries set way up on the hill. What we put in public space, and where we locate it, says everything about what we believe in.

Hudson NY, I will be coming back, and I look forward to seeing your library prosper. /Sam

(I’m visiting libraries for several months, on tour. Photos on Flickr below and link here.)


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!