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A print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design
A print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design
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About Open Letters

Launched in October 2013 by students at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Open Letters is a print experiment that tests the epistolary form as a device for generating conversations about architecture and design. New issues are released every other Friday, each presenting one open letter, i.e. addressed to a particular party, but intended for publication. We are committed to sustaining this project through the 2013–2014 school year and will celebrate with a retrospective exhibition.

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We are an independent, student-run organization with a simple goal, but very modest means. At present, the scope of our project is constrained by the small funding amount granted by our school. Our print run is a modest 200 copies, which we distribute in the lobby of Gund Hall. With your small donation, we can offset our current publication costs, increase our print run and expand distribution to members of student and professional communities outside the GSD.

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Risks and challenges

We designed this project—its format, frequency, concept and production—based on what we thought would be both fun and manageable to read and produce. The only contingent factor was our community's willingness to participate by reading and writing letters. We are thrilled to find ourselves facing an inundation, rather than a drought, of submissions. We're grateful to our letter writers for their enthusiasm in providing us with the intellectual capital that will nourish this project through the end of the year.

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    RECOMMENDATION LETTER - Get listed on Open Letters' website as a donor. We appreciate your support!

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    THANK YOU LETTER - Receive a personal Thank You note from Open Letters.

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    OPEN LETTER - Receive a copy of our latest issue and a Open Letters pencil to start writing an open letter of your own.

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    LOVE LETTERS - Receive the Fall 2013 Open Letters archive (6 issues), meaningful conversations about architecture and design alongside beautiful graphics.

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    P.S. - Receive the Fall 2013 archive plus forthcoming Spring 2014 issues. Secure your copies of Open Letters. These limited subscriptions will go fast!

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    LETTERHEAD - Get a custom letterhead design for all your future correspondence.

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    RSVP - Join the editors of Open Letters for a dinner party (in Cambridge, MA) hosted in your honor.

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