About Places Journal

Places Journal is an essential and trusted resource on the future of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. We harness the power of public scholarship to promote equitable cities and resilient landscapes.

In these pages you will find writers, designers, and artists who are responding to the profound challenges of our time: environmental health and social inequity, climate change, resource scarcity, human migration, rapid technological innovation, and the erosion of the public sphere.

These challenges demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. They also demand that ambitious design research and practice move from the margins to the center of cultural discussion.

Founded at MIT and Berkeley in 1983, Places has been online and free since 2009. We have deep associations with leading design faculties around the world. Bridging from the university to the profession to the public, our articles combine the scope and immediacy of serious journalism with the precision and depth of scholarship.

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Contributing Writers

Belmont Freeman • Keith Eggener • Gabrielle Esperdy • Sandy Isenstadt • Shannon Mattern • Garrett Dash Nelson • G.E. Patterson • Barbara Penner • Simon Sadler • Naomi Stead • Despina Stratigakos • Alan Thomas 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Deborah Gans, Pratt Institute
  • Christoph Lindner, The Bartlett, UCL
  • Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
  • Michelle Addington, University of Texas at Austin
  • Iñaki AldayTulane University
  • Amale Andraos, Columbia University
  • Deborah Berke, Yale University
  • Aaron Betsky, Virginia Tech
  • Marshall Brown, Princeton University
  • Hugh Campbell, University College Dublin
  • Liska Chan, University of Oregon
  • Renée Cheng, University of Washington
  • Curtis Cravens, New York
  • Milton S.F. Curry, University of Southern California
  • Joe Day, Deegan Day Design, Los Angeles
  • Juan Du, University of Toronto
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury, University of Miami
  • Harrison Fraker, University of California, Berkeley
  • Steven P. French, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jim Friedman, Treasurer, Ryan Associates
  • Ming Fung, SCI-Arc
  • Robert A. González, University of New Mexico
  • Rasmus Grønbæk Hansen, Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Harriet Harriss, Pratt Institute
  • Malo Hutson, University of Virginia
  • Patricia Kucker, Pennsylvania State University
  • Peter MacKeith, University of Arkansas
  • Mxolisi Makhubo, University of Johannesburg
  • Jonathan Massey, University of Michigan
  • Eric McDougall, Black Ink, San Francisco
  • Thomas McQuillan, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
  • Elizabeth Mossop, University of Technology Sydney
  • Louise Mozingo, University of California, Berkeley
  • Adrian Parr, University of Oregon
  • Susan Piedmont-PalladinoVirginia Tech
  • Brent Ryan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • David Smiley, Columbia University
  • Frederick R. Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christopher John Webster, University of Hong Kong
  • Heather Woofter, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Meejin Yoon, Cornell University
  • Jennifer Yoos, University of Minnesota; VJAA, Minneapolis

Academic Partners

  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • AHO / Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • The Bartlett, UCL
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Lund University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Penn State
  • Pratt Institute
  • SCI-Arc
  • Tulane University
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University College Dublin
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Johannesburg
  • University of Miami
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University