With an engaged and extensive international readership, Places Journal is widely recognized as an essential and trusted resource on the future of architecture, landscape, and urbanism.
Our mission is to harness the moral and investigative power of public scholarship to promote equitable cities and resilient landscapes.
Founded at MIT and Berkeley in 1983, Places has 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.
Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, environmental health and social equity, climate change, resource scarcity, technological innovation — all demand that we rethink how we plan, design, construct, and maintain the built environment. These challenges also demand that serious design scholarship move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.
Academic Partners enjoy the opportunity to make key organizational decisions, collaborate with peer institutions, and inform a dynamic conversation about the future of design.
Academic Partners have a seat on our Board of Directors and enjoy full voting rights.
Academic Partners are acknowledged on nearly every page across the site, and represented on a dedicated page with institutional biographies, logos, and links.
Academic Partners can promote their news on Places Wire, which highlights major events, initiatives, publications, and stories about our Partners and their faculties, alongside news of general interest to the field. Wire items also circulate on Twitter under the hashtag #placeswire.
Academic Partners make possible the ongoing enrichment of an extensive and easily searchable archive of substantial articles, accessible to everyone with no paywall, and the creation of valuable new initiatives including topical Reading Lists.
Academic Partners will be acknowledged in all volumes of Places Books, our collaborative imprint with Princeton University Press.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong’s School of Architecture and the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas have joined Places’ network of academic partners.
Places and the Douglas C. Allen Institute are launching a new series in honor of the late Doug Allen, Georgia Tech professor of landscape architecture and Places board member.
Unique Monthly Visitors
Followers on Social Media
Article Views Annually
Hours Read Monthly
* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior
South America, and Africa
* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior
A deep and growing repository of essays, criticism, photography, and narrative journalism, as well as peer-reviewed scholarship that deserves a wide audience. New articles are published weekly.
A highly selective and frequently updated feed of reporting, information, and commentary from aggregated sources, including our Academic Partners.
An interactive tool that allows researchers to bookmark articles and share innovative curricula.
A partnership with Princeton University Press featuring short, lively volumes expanded from selected Places articles.
A vital extension of our reach, with Facebook and Twitter feeds that engage global readers, especially faculty and students at our Academic Partners.
An email newsletter that features recent articles as well as news about our growing Partner network. The newsletter reaches thousands of leading scholars, practitioners, and policymakers.
Places publishes some of the very best writing and photography, but its almost radical proposition of delivering intelligently edited content is what sets the journal apart. Places is irreplaceable as the accountable, passionate, and contemporary voice driving the debate about our cities and landscapes.
Places builds strong connections between academia, the professions, and the public, and it does so at an international scale. It is a model of what publishing can and should be.
Working with Places Journal has been the most personally rewarding and professionally valuable experience of my fifteen-year publishing career. With its interdisciplinary global reach and gorgeously designed platform, Places offers the most meaningful and sustainable model for writing about design and landscape in the public realm.
Where else can you get design, anti-design, post-design, no design, design criticism, criticism on criticism, design research, research by design, uber design, infra, ultra, inter and intra design, all in the one place?
Places not only increases people’s knowledge about the crucial role environments play in our lives; it also exemplifies intelligent web-based debate about a broad spectrum of topics and attitudes in architecture, landscape, and urbanism. And on all these fields it offers far and away the best writing.
Places is essential reading for scholars — for anyone — interested in the world around them. It’s become the New Yorker of the built and natural environment.
Places has created a vibrant forum for authors and readers seeking a fresh, multidisciplinary view of the designed environment.
During my years as a student, Places emerged as my go-to resource for innovative research in landscape architecture — and now, as a practitioner, it remains as vital as ever for my work.
Join Places Journal’s network of visionary and committed Partners in building the future of public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.