College of Environmental Design


Places Journal


Places is an interdisciplinary journal of contemporary architecture, landscape and urbanism, with a particular focus on the public realm as both physical place and social ideal.

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UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design along with 26 other Colleges are academic partners of Places. The publication produces essays, peer-reviewed scholarship, observations, reviews, visual portfolios, and occasionally poetry and fiction, with new articles appearing weekly. The online journal is dedicated to advancing public awareness of the expansive value of design research and practice, with the ultimate goal of promoting sustainable cities and healthy landscapes.

Places was started in 1983 by faculty members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California, Berkeley (Donlyn Lyndon and William Porter were the founding editors). It appeared as a print publication until it went online-only in 2009 as part of Design Observer. In 2014 the publication went independent and remains solely online. The goal of the new site is to create a more “immersive” format for Places’s roomy inquiries into design topics that range among media, politics, geography, economics, industry and energy. There are links from current pieces to those in the journal’s archive of about 1,800 articles published since 1983.  The entire Places print archive is available in PDF format.