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 Editors

Sasha Archibald • Jeffrey Kastner

Contributing Writers

Rod Barnett • Azzurra Cox • Belmont Freeman • Keith Eggener • Gabrielle Esperdy • David Heymann • Sandy Isenstadt • Shannon Mattern • Garrett Dash Nelson • G.E. Patterson • Barbara Penner • Simon Sadler • Timothy A. Schuler • Gideon Fink Shapiro • Cassim Shepard • Naomi Stead • Despina Stratigakos • Brandi T. Summers • Alan Thomas 

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

  • Deborah Gans, Pratt Institute
  • Christoph Lindner, The Bartlett, UCL
  • Richard Sommer, University of Toronto
  • Mary Anne Alabanza Akers, Cal Poly Pomona
  • Iñaki AldayTulane University
  • Ellen M. Bassett, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Carla Jackson Bell, Tuskegee University
  • Deborah Berke, Yale University
  • Ana Betancour, Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
  • Mallika Bose, Pennsylvania State University
  • Karla M. Britton, Diné College
  • Marshall Brown, Princeton University
  • Hugh Campbell, University College Dublin
  • Liska Chan, University of Oregon
  • Andrew Chin, Florida A&M University
  • Curtis Cravens, New York
  • Joe Day, Deegan Day Design, Los Angeles
  • Juan Du, University of Toronto
  • Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Rodolphe el-Khoury, University of Miami
  • Harrison Fraker, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jim Friedman, Treasurer, Ryan Associates
  • Ming Fung, SCI-Arc
  • Robert A. González, University of New Mexico
  • Rasmus Grønbæk Hansen, Aarhus School of Architecture
  • Malo Hutson, University of Virginia
  • Peter MacKeith, University of Arkansas
  • Mxolisi Makhubo, University of Johannesburg
  • Jonathan Marvel, Marvel Designs, New York
  • Jonathan Massey, University of Michigan
  • Eric McDougall, Black Ink, San Francisco
  • Elizabeth Mossop, University of Technology Sydney
  • Louise Mozingo, University of California, Berkeley
  • Amy Murphy, University of Southern California
  • Adrian Parr, University of Oregon
  • Robyn Phipps, Victoria University of Wellingon – Te Herenga Waka
  • Susan Piedmont-PalladinoVirginia Tech
  • Quilian Riano, Pratt Institute
  • Brent Ryan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Linda C. Samuels, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Anna Georas Santos, University of Puerto Rico
  • Siddhartha Sen, Morgan State University
  • Anya Sirota, University of Michigan
  • David Smiley, Columbia University
  • Frederick R. Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
  • Marilyn Jordan Taylor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Alan G. Thomas, University of Chicago Press
  • Lawrence J. Vale, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Christopher John Webster, University of Hong Kong
  • Heather Woofter, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer Yoos, University of Minnesota; VJAA, Minneapolis
  • Samuel Zipp, Brown University

Academic Partners

  • Aarhus School of Architecture
  • AHO / Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • The Bartlett, UCL
  • Brown University Urban Studies
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Columbia University
  • Diné College
  • Florida A&M University
  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Morgan State University
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Pratt Institute
  • SCI-Arc
  • Tulane University
  • Tuskegee 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 Puerto Rico
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Toronto
  • University of Virginia
  • Victoria University of Wellingon – Te Herenga Waka
  • Virginia Tech
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Yale University