The KSA contributes to the fields of architecture and landscape architecture through publishing the Source Books Series, each devoted to a recent project by an influential practitioner. These books are published in conjunction with the school's Distinguished Visiting Professorships.
Source Books in Architecture offers an alternative to the traditional architecture monograph. Each Source Book focuses on focuses on a single work by a particular architect or on a special topic in contemporary architecture. The work is documented with sketches, models, renderings, working drawings, and photographs at a level of detail that allows complete and careful study of the project from its conception of design and construction. The graphic component is accompanied by commentary from the architect and critics that further explores both the technical and cultural content of the work in question. Source Books in Architecture was conceived by Jeffrey Kipnis and Robert Livesey as the product of the Herbert Baumer Seminars, a series of interactions between students and seminal practitioners at the Knowlton School of Architecture. After a significant amount of research on distinguished architects, students lead a discussion that encourages those architects to reveal their architectural motivations and techniques. The students record and transcribe the meetings, which become the basis of these Source Books.
Source Books in Landscape Architecture provide concise investigation into contemporary designed landscapes by looking behind the curtain and beyond the script to trace intentionality and results. One goal is to offer unvarnished stories or place-making. A second goal is to catch emerging and established designers as facets of their process mature from tentative trial into definitive technique. Each Source Book presents one project or group of related works that are significant to the practice and study of landscape architecture today. Each monograph is a synthesis of a single Glimcher Distinguished Visiting Professorship. Structured as a series of discussion-based seminars to promote critical inquiry into contemporary designed landscapes, the Glimcher Professorships give students direct, sustained access to leading voices in practice. Students who participate in the seminars play an instrumental role in contributing to discussions, transcribing recorded material, and editing content for the Source Books.
Journal of Planning Literature
The Journal of Planning Literature aims to give the reader an understanding of the state of knowledge of the field for use in research or professional practice in planning and design. The Journal of Planning Literature publishes review articles, annotated bibliographies, listings and abstracts of recent literature in city and regional planning design. Each issue contains one to three refereed literature reviews and Council of Planning Librarians Bibliographies; book reviews; several hundred abstracts of books, journal articles, dissertations, and several hundred bibliographic listings.
Founded in 1999, PRAXIS: a journal of writing + building has established itself as a distinctive voice in international architectural culture. The journal addresses contemporary design issues in both depth and breadth, and has engendered an architectural discourse uniquely rooted in practice. Emphasizing the interdependence of technology, design, theory, and history, PRAXIS investigates these fields as parts of an integrated discipline, promoting connections between various aspects of architectural production. The journal has generated a forum that bridges the gap between theory and practice.