Places, originally a joint venture between MIT and UC Berkeley, published its last print issue in Spring 2009. ‘It is now publishing as a fully web-based, open-access publication’ with the Design Observer Group. ‘Places online will publish peer-reviewed scholarship as well as topical commentary, observations, reviews, and visual portfolios.’ Edited by Nancy Levinson, Places is guided by numerous noteworthy representatives of the design field and includes features, galleries of architecture related art projects, archives, book reviews, and other samplings from global design culture today. The many photographs and well-designed site make this online publication particularly nice to look at, while the breadth of theory, politics, public space articles, and environmental sensitivity are of consistent high quality.
Polis is a new blog published in collaboration between a group of progressive young architects, urban planners, and theorists. It is an energetic array of topics emerging from transformations in the urban environment and multiple international geographies. Excellent read.