Chair, Department of Architecture, GSD, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA
THE PLAN Journal (TPJ) intends to disseminate and promote innovative, thought-provoking and relevant research, studies and criticism in architecture and urbanism. The idea to launch the TPJ was born out of the realizations that academia is too often conducting research disengaged from the challenges and problems confronted in the professions and that in practice research can be afforded, with limited platforms for dissemination, only in a small number of cases of professional organizations. The ultimate purpose of the TPJ is thus to enrich the dialog between research and professional fields, in order to encourage both applicable new knowledge and intellectually driven modes of practice.
In fact, the TPJ is a spin-off from THE PLAN, the CUBE Publishing Group’s flagship magazine established in 2001. Initially bi-lingual (Italian and English), THE PLAN is now published also in two other versions (full-English and Chinese) and it enjoys a worldwide distribution as well as a reputation of one of the most acclaimed architecture and design magazines on the market. It is our intention to fully leverage the dialog and synergies that can be developed between the TPJ and the flagship magazine, precisely to fulfil the journal’s commitment to enrich the connections between research and practice.
To steer the journal on a most appropriate direction, the TPJ will enjoy the advice of an international Advisory Editorial Board, consisting of a highly diverse pool of distinguished experts, scholars and academic and professional leaders.