The architecture of publishing

The architecture of publishing
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Investigating how principles of architecture and infrastructure inform the construction of publishers’ identities in the digital age

Nicholas Grosso
New York, USA
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Field of work
Architecture, Communication, Research
Project category
Awareness–raising
Project submitted
2022

Nicholas Grosso is from Queens, New York. He is currently a PhD candidate in publishing at Oxford Brookes in the Faculty of Technology, Design, and Environment, the managing editor of VIA: Voices in Italian Americana and Haus Red, and founder of Literaturhaus, a nonprofit publisher that plays with and challenges structures and forms.


Inspired by Ulises Carrión's visions on the art of bookmaking, "A book is a sequence of spaces . . . To make a book is to actualize its ideal space-time sequence by means of the creation of a parallel sequence of signs be it linguistic or other," this research will consider the parallels of published content and architecture, specifically the relationships between published content and information landscapes with architecture and the built environment.

Given the ways literature continues to find new media to be articulated through and new ways to be produced across old media, this study of the material and symbolic forms of literary publishing will explore the theoretical and practical underpinnings of the contemporary information landscape, providing potential pathways for policy around publishing and a shift to more community-centered approaches. This research will also be useful as a guide to publishers in deciding how to effectively and efficiently publish content. With a clearer sense of their place in the information landscape, a publisher will be able to make better informed decisions on how to give shape to their publications.