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 and public-interest journalism to promote equitable cities and resilient landscapes.

Cities that are growing and cities that are shrinking, environmental health and racial 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 thinking and practice move from the margins to the center of the larger cultural discussion.

Places Journal is sustained by the generosity of an international network of academic partners, by foundations and philanthropic gifts, and by committed readers like you. Visit this page to see our community of donors.

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Why donate to Places?

We publish extraordinary journalism on the built environment.

As many periodicals move to short formats and fast cycles, we remain committed to rich and substantial writing on architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

We provide an essential resource.

Our deep and growing archive of more than 2,000 articles influences practice and shapes policy. We are galvanizing an informed public and equipping them with the desire and vocabulary to create social and environmental change.

We are free and easily accessible.

To ensure the greatest impact, we are dedicated to keeping all our articles free and online, with no paywall and no advertising. We meet our readers where they are — in the classroom, at the studio, on screens of all types. Our articles are shared widely on social media and linked in major publications worldwide.

We need you.

Good journalism is expensive. In-depth research, trustworthy reporting, compelling narrative, provocative critique, groundbreaking photography — all require significant resources to create and to publish. Matching reader support with institutional funding, Places is building a new model of independent journalism.

Reading Lists

Our Readers


  • 65,000

    Unique Monthly Visitors

  • 82,000

    Followers on Social Media

  • 12,500

    Email Subscribers


  • 1,000,000

    Article Views Annually

  • 4,000 *

    Hours Read Monthly

* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior


  • 60%

    North America

  • 20%


  • 12%


  • 8%

    South America, and Africa

* Active reading, directly measured by scroll behavior

Our Readers

Recent Highlights

The Inequality Chronicles

Our series on urban inequality in American cities has resonated from public radio to legislative halls.

Future Archive

Our series on significant works of 19th- and 20th-century criticism or history brings significant writings to a new generation of readers.

History of the Present

Our series on global cities in transition, which began with articles on Yangon and Havana, has continued with major features on Belgrade, Mexico City, and Manchester.

Places Books

Our collaborative series with Princeton University Press now includes Where Are the Women Architects? and A City Is Not a Computer.

Field Notes: Design Activism

For this narrative survey, scholars and practitioners share perspectives on the issues they consider most urgent, and offer ideas for specific actions and practical interventions.

Writing the City

Our collaboration with Columbia Journalism School gives early-career journalists the opportunity to pursue an ambitious story that might otherwise receive scant attention,

Our Donors Provide Crucial Support for Independent Journalism That...

  • Advances core professional values
  • Reaches a diverse and sophisticated international readership
  • Promotes deeper public understanding of the value of design thinking and practice
  • Builds new constituencies concerned about the future of the built environment
  • Bridges across the design disciplines from architecture to landscape to urban design and planning
  • Reflects an exceptionally rigorous editorial process which results in outstanding design journalism you can trust
  • Cultivates a new generation of design scholars, journalists, and critics
  • Matches donor contributions with university and foundation funding, all of which ensures our sustainability and growth
  • Features work that informs, surprises, and provokes.

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