Places Journal and the Douglas C. Allen Institute Announce a New Series on Landscape and the City


The city is the largest man-made artifact in human history. It is a political association manifest as a collective work of architecture, built over time.
— Douglas C. Allen

In 2016, Places Journal will launch a new series to honor the memory of Douglas C. Allen, esteemed Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and valued member of the Places Board of Directors, who died in October 2014. Published in association with the Douglas C. Allen Institute for the Study of Cities, the series will consist of major articles published annually; articles will be written by leading thinkers in the field and will delve into critical issues in contemporary landscape and urbanism, reflecting Doug Allen’s own work and interests.

Places is proud to partner with the Douglas C. Allen Institute, founded last year in Atlanta, Georgia, by a group of Doug’s friends and colleagues to build upon his legacy and “advance our understanding of how cities grow and evolve.” As a teacher, Doug inspired and influenced hundreds of students through his innovative History of Urban Form course and his ongoing investigation of the relationship between planning decisions and built environments, among other subjects. As a longtime Places board member, representing Georgia Tech — one of our Academic Partners — Doug was an eloquent advocate for our mission of public scholarship and our goal of building a durable literature of the city. The series, which will begin in 2016, will help advance knowledge in this area, and will also further the missions of both organizations: essentially, to promote equitable cities and sustainable environments and, in the words of the DCAI Board of Directors, “make the built world a better place to live.”

Funding for the series will be raised each year by Places Journal and the Douglas C. Allen Institute.

If you wish to learn more about supporting this initiative, please contact Nancy Levinson at [email protected] or (415) 497-6179.