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Design Books to Win
October 8, 2014

We’re giving away 25 (yes, 25!) copies of architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner’s groundbreaking Urban Acupuncture (Island Press, September 2014), now available in English translation. Enter to win through Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 11:59 PM (EST). Lerner, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, who begins a U.S. speaking tour next week, has been called “one of the most influential urban leaders of our time.” More...

Themed Book Lists
October 7, 2014

Here are 15 books on urban design and planning from our contributors. We’ll be giving away copies of one of these books in a drawing opening this Wednesday, October 8. Be sure to check back! More...

Daily Features
By Steve Kroeter October 7, 2014

Designers & Books is curating a pop-up design book fair, featuring books from more than a dozen publishers and rare and out of print book dealers, at the first-ever Dwell on Design NY, October 9–11, taking place at 82 Mercer Street in New York’s SoHo. Visitors who stop by the book fair have a chance to win any of over 10 different design books in a special drawing. More...

By Daniel Libeskind October 6, 2014

Amazing how a book of drawings and ideas is much more inspiring than a book of techniques and buildings!

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter October 6, 2014

Architect Daniel Libeskind, one of our original book list contributors, will be the keynote speaker this Thursday, October 9, at the first-ever Dwell on Design New York, a “festival of modern design” organized by Dwell magazine October 9–11. The event will also feature a design book fair curated by Designers & Books. More...

Design Books to Win
October 1, 2014

We’re giving away a copy of Being: An Architect, a beautifully produced two-volume book from the Royal Academy of Arts presented in a slipcase that combines the memoirs and selected writings of British architect Ian Ritchie CBE RA, one of the most original contemporary architects. His work includes the Leipzig International Exhibition Center Glass Hall in Germany and The Spire in Dublin. More...

By Witold Rybczynski September 30, 2014

British architect-educator-author Ian Ritchie talks to U.S. architect-educator-author Witold Rybczynski about Ritchie’s career, including the making of his latest book, a two-volume opus (which we’ll be giving away, starting October 1); the favorite project he didn’t get to build; and why he writes poetry. More...

Book List of the Week
By Steve Kroeter September 29, 2014

British architect Ian Ritchie lists 35 books that have inspired him in the course of a career that extends over 40 years. His celebrated work includes sharing the creation of the Louvre Pyramid and Sculpture Courts with I. M. Pei in Paris, the Leipzig International Exhibition Center Glass Hall in Germany, and The Spire in Dublin. More...

By Ian Ritchie September 29, 2014

A shining example of how prose can clarify the essentials of architecture by referring to its secrets, the need to investigate to find the mystery of why architecture touches our emotions and soul.

Weekly Wrap-Up & Preview
September 26, 2014

The Fall season is underway at Designers & Books. Through September 30, you can enter our latest “Design Books to Win” drawing for copies of two books from Lars Müller Publishers: industrial designer Jasper Morrison’s new book, The Good Life: Perceptions of the Ordinary, and 100 Years of Swiss Graphic Design.

Our Online Book Fair now features circa 700 titles in architecture, design, art, and photography, from publishers and rare and out-of-print book dealers. And, if you in New York October 11, you can also browse and buy some of these books in person at the pop-up design book fair organized by Designers & Books at Dwell magazine’s first Dwell on Design NY. More...