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, and for more than a decade we have been supported by the collective financial contributions of our Academic Partners. This innovative funding model enables us to remain free of advertising and free of charge, and to produce independent scholarship that bridges from the academy to the profession to the public.

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.

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What are the benefits of academic partnership with Places?

Shape the international discourse on buildings, landscapes, and cities.

Academic Partners enjoy the opportunity to make key organizational decisions, collaborate with peer institutions, and inform a dynamic conversation about the future of design.

Join a global network of leading educators and practitioners.

Academic Partners have a seat on our Board of Directors and enjoy full voting rights.

Promote your institution and disseminate school news on a highly respected and widely read website.

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 also 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.

Build vital pedagogical resources.

Academic Partners make possible the ongoing enrichment of an extensive and easily searchable archive of substantial articles, accessible to everyone with no paywall, the creation of valuable new initiatives including topical Reading Lists, and Places Books, our collaborative imprint with Princeton University Press. Academic Partners also receive teaching materials designed by Places editors.

Our Readers


  • 89,000

    Unique Monthly Visitors

  • 86,000

    Followers on Social Media

  • 12,700

    Email Subscribers


  • 1,000,000

    Article Views Annually

  • 4,000 *

    Hours Read Monthly

* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior


  • 56%

    North America

  • 24%


  • 13%


  • 7%

    South America, and Africa

* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior

Our Readers

Our Channels

Places Articles

A deep and ever growing archive of interdisciplinary scholarship, narrative journalism, essays, criticism, and photography. New articles are published weekly.

Field Notes

For our narrative surveys on Pandemic Teaching and Design Activism, dozens of academics and professional share their perspectives on the acute challenges and ongoing problems of contemporary education and practice.

Reading Lists

An interactive page that allows researchers to bookmark articles and share innovative curricula.

Places Books

A collaboration with Princeton University Press featuring short, lively volumes expanded from selected Places articles.

Places Series

Our article series include Future Archive, which gives older writings on design new visibility in the digital era; the Arcus | Places Prize, which focuses on gender, sexuality, and the built environment; and The Inequality Chronicles, on the spatial consequences of structural racism in U.S. cities.

Social Media

Our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds engage tens of thousands of readers around the world every day, and our email newsletter brings a regular roundup of articles, news, and reading lists to leading thinkers and policymakers.

Academic Partners Provide Crucial Support for Multidisciplinary Public Scholarship That...

  • Reaches a diverse and sophisticated international readership
  • Promotes deeper public understanding of the value of design thinking and practice
  • Bridges across the design disciplines from architecture to landscape to urban design and planning
  • Builds new constituencies concerned about the future of the built environment
  • Maintains an exceptionally rigorous editorial process which results in outstanding design journalism that is scholarly, trustworthy, and accessible
  • Cultivates a new generation of design scholars, journalists, and critics
  • Matches Partner support with foundation funding for special series on contemporary topics
  • Advances core academic values

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Join Places Journal’s network of visionary and committed Partners in building the future of public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

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