Shannon Mattern argues that as we enter the era of so-called “smart” cities, we need to consider the point of engagement where citizens interface with the city’s operating system.
May 11, 2014 Places Journal
The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet ecological thinking remains a powerful lens for understanding complex adaptive systems. A new book aims for a more rigorous engagement of ecology and design.
Apr 30, 2014 Places Journal
On Places, Simon Sadler explores the magical thinking and many contradictions of the TED Talks.
Jan 23, 2014 Places Journal
Shannon Mattern surveys the new wave of urban data science projects and argues that practitioners are trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of method.
Nov 14, 2013 Places Journal
In an excerpt on Places from his new book, Smart Cities, urban forecaster Anthony Townsend considers the inevitable glitches.
Oct 14, 2013 Places Journal
New York's chief urban designer, Alexandros Washburn, addresses the monumental task of rebuilding New York after Hurricane Sandy and preparing for the next storm.
Oct 11, 2013 Places Journal
Gabrielle Esperdy explores the development of an online encyclopedia of American architecture — and argues that metadata is a crucial tool for future historians.
Sep 24, 2013 Places Journal
Nancy Levinson, editor of Places Journal, argues that it's time for feminist architects to engage the larger sphere of political activism with concrete objectives.
Jul 31, 2013 Places Journal
Art, architecture, and incarceration collide in essays on prison design from the Panopticon to the Golden Gulag.
Jul 16, 2013 Places Journal
Shannon Mattern examines how media scholars and environmental artists are working to reveal the material and immaterial infrastructures that shape our lives, from the Interstate to the Internet.
Jul 3, 2013 Places Journal