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.
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 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.
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.
We are thrilled to announce that Places Journal has received a grant of $500,000 from the Mellon Foundation to support a new project called “An Unfinished Atlas.”
SCI-Arc has launched “Voices from Places Journal,” a new series at the SCI-Arc Channel featuring interviews with Places authors.
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A deep and ever growing archive of interdisciplinary scholarship, narrative journalism, essays, criticism, and photography. New articles are published weekly.
An interactive page that allows researchers to bookmark articles and share innovative curricula.
A collaboration with Princeton University Press featuring short, lively volumes expanded from selected Places articles.
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.
Places is a model of architectural publishing. It takes ideas very seriously and rigorously, and then presents them in an accessible manner. Operating on slender resources, it punches way above its weight in terms of impact and relevance. Much of this is due to the diligence, energy, and intelligence of the editorial team, who work tirelessly and to the highest standards of any journal I know.
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.
At a time when too often we are slow to imagine the change that needs to happen in our world, Places brings forward, from academia to the public, important new ideas about the designed and built environment. Places is a catalyst for critical conversations.
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 Journal provides a powerful platform for significant impact within the design disciplines and beyond. In my role as dean of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at Penn, it is the wide influence and broad readership that impresses me most about the journal. This certainly is a time that calls out for rigorous public scholarship that provides hope that we can plan, design, and build better places.
The international outlook of Places’ academic partner network has been of great importance and inspiration at Aarhus. Being part of the network has enabled us to learn from other schools, understand different educational contexts, and establish new relationships with institutions from around the world.
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.
Thank you for publishing my work. I am honored to be included in a journal I hold in high regard.
Places is much more than a place to go to find out what’s happening at design schools and in the design world. I consider Places Wire an integral part of our school’s communications strategy. Whenever we have new and important news to share, Places Wire and its strong presence on social media helps us get the message out to the right audiences.
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.
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 is monumental!
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.
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