The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Now on Kickstarter Daily Features

Originally published in 1962 and out of print for almost 50 years, The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn was the first book on influential 20th-century American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–74) to feature his own images and words — and the first to capture the modern master’s powerful and unique spirit. We’re reissuing it in a beautiful new facsimile edition, along with an all-new companion Reader’s Guide. Get this two-book set on our Kickstarter to support the reprint! Through March 31, 2021.

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Question Everything: A Conversation with OK-RM’s Rory McGrath Talking Eds

In this installment of Talking Eds, Wes Del Val talks to Rory McGrath, cofounder, with Olly Knight, of the London-based design studio OK-RM and its publishing imprint, InOtherWords. Discover their newest book projects—and the design books that inspire them.

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The Photo Book in Japan: 1920s–1940s Rare & Beautiful

Peter Kraus of Ursus Books spotlights one of the least-known periods in the evolution of the photo book in Japan, from the Bauhaus-influenced late 1920s to wartime propaganda.

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15 Books on Louis Kahn Books on Designers

Fifteen books from our contributors on American architect Louis I. Kahn (February 20, 1901– March 17, 1974). Updated February 26, 2021.

Additional books can be found on The Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Project.

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Daily Features The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn Facsimile Now on Kickstarter

Originally published in 1962 and out of print for almost 50 years, The Notebooks and Drawings of Louis I. Kahn was the first book on influential 20th-century American architect Louis I. Kahn (1901–74) to feature his own images and words — and the first to capture the modern master’s powerful and unique spirit. We’re reissuing it in a beautiful new facsimile edition, along with an all-new companion Reader’s Guide. Get this two-book set on our Kickstarter to support the reprint! Through March 31, 2021.

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Book List of the Week

Book List of the Week: Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser (1925–June 26, 2020) “made graphic design look alive, vibrant, and human,” writes Rudy VanderLans. The Emigre Fonts cofounder is one of several designers who count the classic Milton GlaserGraphic Design, first published in 1973 and the most popular compilation of Glaser’s work, among the books that have inspired their careers.

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Do We Need a Completely New Approach to Marketing Books?

The first in a series of articles that we hope will evolve into an ongoing forum for discussing best practices, creative thinking, and innovative approaches to marketing books. 

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Interviews

30 Years of Designing an Archive

Wes Del Val interviews Art Books & Ephemera’s Richard Caldicott about the artist's online archive of almost 5,000 thought-provoking art, architecture, and design titles.

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Archives & Libraries

The Louis I. Kahn Collection at the Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania

Kahn’s original drawings models, and correspondence offer a “view from the drafting room” of the architect’s work, writes Witold Rybczynski.

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Books on Designers

15 Books on Louis Kahn
The Houses of Louis Kahn George H. Marcus
Louis Kahn: Conversations with Students Louis I. Kahn
Louis Kahn: Drawing to Find Out Michael Merrill

Design Matters: On Books

Design Matters Podcast on Books: Debbie Millman & Sheila Bridges

Debbie Millman talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges, named “America's Best Interior Designer” by CNN and Time magazine.

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Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Design Books
Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture Robert Venturi
Towards a New Architecture (Vers une Architecture) Le Corbusier
Delirious New York Rem Koolhaas

Most Frequently Chosen Books

10 Most Frequently Chosen Non-Design Books
Ulysses James Joyce
Invisible Cities Italo Calvino
In Praise of Shadows Jun’ichiro Tanizaki

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