Buffalo Architecture Foundation launches Little Free Library design competition

The Buffalo Architecture Foundation is accepting applications through Sept. 1 from architects, designers, sculptors, carpenters, students, etc. who are interested in rethinking and fabricating an architecturally significant library.

Literacy-friendly neighborhoods, a grassroots initiative started by Little Free Libraries (littlefreelibrary.org), aims to promote literacy, expand literary horizons and cultivate generosity. Each entry should speak to these goals in an urban setting while simultaneously addressing the basic demands of an outdoor enclosure and providing a form that breaks the mold of what has been deemed typical for a Little Free Library. 

These are not meant to be just another one-room schoolhouse on a post; creative and innovative designs are not just encouraged, they’re a must!

Buffalo Architecture Foundation, Inc. (BAF) is a not-for-profit, public charity dedicated to inspiring the exploration and appreciation of architecture and how it shapes our lives.  The 2017 Little Free Library Design Competition is the newest community outreach and educational activity to be offered by BAF. Its goal is to place unique, architectural structures in underserved city neighborhoods that would benefit most from an increased access to literature. BAF has already received a letter of understanding from the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library to supply books for the installations and Amy Ozay, the “BookBike Lady,” has volunteered to help steward the libraries once they are installed.

In addition to applicants, BAF is also looking for suitable homes for their new libraries and has already begun making contact with city officials and block clubs. As an extension of BAF’s Building Stories project, the LFL Design Competition will feature a commemorative photo book documenting the evolution of the designs as well as the unique stories behind them and the neighborhoods they’ll be located in.

More information and entry forms to participate can be found at buffaloarchitecture.org/little-free-library.

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