Places Journal seeks articles that explore the complex dynamic of public and private in contemporary politics and culture, and how this dynamic influences the design and production of buildings, landscapes and cities. This is a large topic, indeed one of the central issues of our time. In the past generation we witnessed a fundamental realignment, as the era of the New Deal, with its broad-based confidence in the balance of public responsibility and private enterprise, gave way to the age of Reagan, with its faith in unfettered markets and limited government.
It's now clear that the commitment to public works has dramatically constricted just as electoral politics and congressional debate have come to revolve around the role and scope of government.
How might the environmental design professions respond to this realignment? Places seeks contributions from diverse disciplines and multiple perspectives, including design, policy, planning, geography, history, theory, etc.
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