Public street-bookshelves in Berlin made from hollow logs

"Book Forest" is an outdoor, public bookcase in Berlin, designed to allow BookCrossing users to drop books they're done with so that others can take them in and read them. The "forest" is made from hollowed out logs with protective clear doors.

Within the program ‚Research for Sustainable Forestry’ promoted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research the cross section project ‘Bi-FONA-Wald’ is carried out by the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training. It takes place in Berlin/Brandenburg. The Book Forest is part of the overall project ‚Modellregion Berliner Wald und Holz’.

The Book Forest contributes to sustainable vocational education and deals with the value chain forest-wood-book. It was developed and realised by BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V. as an interdisciplinary, project orientated cooperation of apprentices of forestry, carpentry, cabinetmaking, media design, printing and bookselling.

Book Forest (via Bookshelf)


    1.  I wish people in America still capitalized.

      Where I live, there’s a thriving economy of used books at a local bookstore. They won’t take anything, but for the books they won’t take, there’s the nonprofit thrift store.

      This thing with the hollowed-out trees is a marketing gimmick — an interesting interdisciplinary marketing gimmick — but it’s not as though they’ve cured a disease.

  1. Must annoy the hell out of content owners who want to be paid for every new reading. Expect prosecutions and injunctions soon. Or am I barking up the wrong tree?

  2. Given that they’re quintillions of euros in debt, I think Berliners need to cut back on frivolities like hollow-tree book shelf and implement some austerity measures. 

  3. I tried a similar book exchange about 25 years ago at a local university. We started with several hundred books. After about 2 weeks, there were no books left.

  4. Acht, the books are already spilling out into the street.  It’s going to get messy, and then it’s just going to get messier.

  5. Baufachfrau e.V.! In addition to such a poetically rhyming name, their website says they’re an education nonprofit for women construction workers or women builders. “Ideentischlerei” = “ideas cabinet making” or “ideas joinery,” but the word for cabinetmaker literally means “tabler” (table maker) so it sounds like bringing ideas to the table as well. Awesome.

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