The MIT Press, a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has launched the MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban
By Matt Hickman
The MIT Press, a university press affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has launched the MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies, an exhaustive digital collection of rare, sought-after, and previously out-of-print books on the subject of the built environment.
Many of the titles now accessible through MIT Press Open Architecture and Urban Studies have never before been available in ebook form due in part, according to a news release, to “complex design requirements and the prohibitive cost of image permissions.” Thanks to a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Open Book Program, an initiative co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, these books—all published between 1964 and 1998—are now available to peruse. And in addition to securing long-out-of-reach image permissions, the MIT Press was also able to solicit “fresh forewords that bring new insights to bear on many of these classic texts.”
Many of the thirty-plus titles will also be available on the open-access platform PubPub.
“The books in this collection are drawn from an absolutely formative period in the discourse of architectural and urban history and theory,” said Timothy Hyde, associate professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, in a statement. “These are essential publications to have available again, as they represent to some degree the founding of an independent discipline.”
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