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4th Floor, 2013–present

This is a Project. It was designed by Chattanooga Public Library, with the citizens of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It is dated 2013–present.

Librarians at Chattanooga Public Library’s downtown branch converted 12,000 square feet of overcrowded storage space into an open experimental lab for 21st-century library services. Designed for flexible programming, 4th Floor doubles as a maker space and a civic commons for the city’s citizens regardless of socioeconomic status. The intentionally cluttered space filled with low- and high-tech machines—from a traditional floor loom to a digital laser cutter—encourages experimentation and collaboration. While conventional libraries support information consumption, 4th Floor encourages knowledge production and sharing.

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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.

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