Places Journal Launches New Tool for Interdisciplinary Public Scholarship

Places Journal reading lists

One of the signal strengths of Places Journal has always been our interdisciplinary readership — an engaged audience of scholars, students, and practitioners in diverse fields from architectural history to landscape ecology to urban geography.

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Introducing: Reading Lists

Today, we announce the release of a new tool — Reading Lists — that will strengthen ties between the many disciplines we serve. As part of our commitment to public scholarship and innovative practice, we encourage readers to share topical lists of articles and books in their areas of interest and expertise.

This new tool is flexible by design. On this user-generated section of our site, anybody can create a list and add to it over time. You can bookmark Places articles for future reading, build an annotated bibliography, or share a syllabus with colleagues and students. Lists can be cross-referenced by subject and shared privately or publicly.

Get started with the “sign in” link in at the top of any page, or simply click “add to reading list” from any Places article.

We launch the new channel with a collection of Featured Lists from Places contributors and colleagues. Read Nate Berg on the aesthetic design of freeways; Kristi Cheramie on geoengineering by the U.S. Army Corps; Brian Davis on Latin American urbanisms; Nina-Marie Lister on critical ecologies; Shannon Mattern on reading in public; Amy Murphy on women, space, and cinema; Enrique Ramirez on Texan film and culture; Frederick Steiner on environmental literature; Dorothy Tang on China’s new landscapes; and researchers at Columbia University’s Buell Center on architecture, housing, and real estate.

Since moving online in 2009, Places has published nearly 500 features, which are all publicly accessible on the website, along with more than 1200 PDFs from the print journal founded in 1983. Our articles have inspired opinion columns in The New York Times and editorials in The Guardian, and they have made Places a premier destination for public scholarship and public-interest journalism on buildings, cities, and landscapes. As we launch the Reading Lists channel, we aim to put this work into an even larger conversation with publications from across the design disciplines and digital humanities.

We wish to thank the MIT School of Architecture + Planning, which provided seed funding for the Reading Lists channel; Kyle Larkin of Extra Small Design, who developed the system and designed our new website; our valued organizational and individual donors; and our international network of partner universities. We are endlessly grateful for their support of our mission: to harness the moral and investigative power of public scholarship to promote equitable cities and sustainable landscapes.

Above all, thank you for reading. Happy list-making!