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Aims and Scope

Places, a Forum of Environmental Design, is an internationally-circulated journal that incorporates writings from a variety of fields in design, the arts and social sciences. The journal.s editorial direction, and the events it sponsors, follow from a commitment to the following goals:
  • To shift the debate about environmental design from the discussion of buildings, landscapes and art projects as singular, visual objects to the consequences they have in the environments that surround our lives.
  • To cross the lines of established professions and scholarly disciplines. Places offers a forum that is equally accessible to designers, scholars, public officials and citizens . to everybody who creates places, manages places, studies society and place and, most importantly, experiences places.
  • To explore the multiple meanings of place, and the multiple ways that ideas about place are put in service in a pluralistic society and diverse world. Places cultivates dialogue among differing constructs for understanding, operating in and directing change in the built and natural environment.
  • To focus attention on the often neglected public realm. Places considers how design can be a catalyst for creating neighborhoods, parks, streets, workplaces, infrastructure and other facilities and spaces that sustain our civic and social lives.