Ten Years Online: Places by the Numbers

This season Places is marking a happy milestone: our tenth anniversary as an online journal. A decade ago we decided to cease publishing as a print quarterly available via paid subscription and to move online as a non-profit, free-access journal. In the process we rethought every aspect of our publication project, and most crucially we identified a valuable new editorial space: public scholarship on architecture, landscape, and urbanism. To this end we defined the editorial agenda we’ve pursued ever since: To feature rigorous and accessible work by scholars, writers, and artists who are responding to the profound challenges of our time, from the climate crisis to urban inequality to rapid technological change to the erosion of democracy.

Places would not exist without the support of our academic partners and generous readers, and without the extraordinary work of the many scholars, authors, designers, and artists we’ve been privileged to publish. Our challenge now is to sustain the project of Places, and to continue to make the case for the value of public scholarship in design. It’s a challenge we’ll enthusiastically embrace over the next ten years, and beyond.