Can I write for PLATFORM?

Yes! We are a PLATFORM for exchanging ideas about new approaches to working with, researching, teaching and writing about the built environment and space, broadly conceived, in the light of contemporary culture and politics.

We invite you to join us in carrying out our mission—to provide a digital space for scholars, writers, activists, architects, artists, planners, urbanists, and preservationists to communicate with one another and the public. PLATFORM is explicitly international, interdisciplinary, and unbounded.

What are you looking for?

We publish short, sharp, original essays and multimedia content (audio, visual, video) that provoke cutting-edge conversations and debates engaging the built environment. PLATFORM runs six columns: Finding, House Histories, Opinion, Reading/Listening/Watching, Specifying, and Teaching/Working.

Is PLATFORM peer-reviewed?

PLATFORM is edited and moderated but not peer-reviewed. An editor reviews each post for the sake of suitability and clarity. We are eager to promote engaged writing that is not hampered by academic prose or process. In the end you are responsible for the content.

PLATFORM is, however, open to comments, which are lightly moderated to ensure no inappropriate posts are made, i.e. insults, ad hominem attacks, spam ads, or that violate our Terms of Service.

Do you publish photo essays?

Yes. PLATFORM publishes visual essays of up to two dozen images. Visual essays should be accompanied by a brief explanatory text (up to 500 words) and include rich captions.

Can I include video?

Yes. PLATFORM can host short video clips.

How do I submit?

Write to us at, pitching your idea. We will review your proposal and an editor will be in touch with you.

How long should a post be?

We aim for posts of 500-1,000 words, with the exception of Opinion pieces, which may run as long as 3,000 words. In all cases we are interested in exploring short form writing, but we will consider a longer post, taking into account the topic, manner of writing, and timeliness.

How should I format my submission?

1. Formatting the Manuscript

A. PLATFORM uses The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, as its primary style guide.

B. Manuscripts should be formatted as plain and uniform text: Use Times New Roman font, 12 point. If any special characters are not available in this font, please alert the editor.

C. Notes — in the form of bibliographic endnotes — are permitted where necessary (see NOTES & LINKS section below).

D. Hyperlinks are permitted (see NOTES & LINKS section below).

E. Illustration captions, including illustration credit information (see ILLUSTRATIONS section below), should follow the text.

F. Italicize words or phrases that should appear as such in PLATFORM.

G. Organize headings logically and consistently. Do not number headings; leave a blank space above and below each one. The editors recognize the need for headings, but at the same time strongly encourage authors to pursue a narrative style that minimizes their necessity.

H. Quotations of more than four lines must be set off from the rest of the text as extracts or block quotes without quotation marks. Indent all lines one inch on the left side only, using the indent feature of your word processing program.

I. Digitize non-round numbers larger than 101; do not use digits at sentence opening. Consult The Chicago Manual of Style for specific guidelines. For example: three hundred, three million; 1951–1952; 40 percent; twentieth century; fifteen by forty feet; 124 x 142 feet; forty dollars, $251, $13 million, two-hour.

J. Italicize foreign terms at first use; use Roman (i.e. no added style) type thereafter. Do not italicize foreign terms commonly used in English.

K. Provide the title, subtitle and author’s name at the start of the manuscript.

L. Include a brief author bio (no more than 25 words), with a link to each author’s home page, at the end of the manuscript.

M. Include a list of proposed keywords at the end of the manuscript, below author bio.

2. Notes & Links

A. PLATFORM uses links (rather than notes) wherever possible. If mentioning a website, an article, a report available online, etc., embed a link instead of using a note.

B. Where necessary—because you are quoting a source and need to indicate page number, or because it is a print or other non-web source—platform uses bibliographic notes for citations. All notes must be endnotes, not footnotes at the bottom of manuscript pages, and should be embedded within the manuscript text using the word processor’s note-insertion feature. The editors prefer that superscript note numbers be placed at the ends of sentences.

C. Provide complete bibliographic information for a work the first time it is cited. Short form or abbreviated citations are used thereafter.

D. When citing a web source in a note, including newspaper, magazine, and journal articles available online, a link should be embedded in the title of the article; where necessary you may include a URL. The access date is not necessary unless essential to a particular source (a site with data that changes frequently).

E. Take care to format citations correctly. Follow The Chicago Manual of Style and the practices of PLATFORM. Examples:


Dell Upton, Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New Republic (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008), 16-20.


Lauren Benton and Richard Ross, eds., Legal Pluralism and Empires, 1500-1850 (New York: New York University Press), 20.


Lizabeth A Cohen, “Embellishing a Life of Labor: An Interpretation of the Material Culture of American Working-Class Homes, 1885-1915,” in Common Places: Readings in American Vernacular Architecture, ed. Dell Upton and John Michael Vlach, 261-78 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986), 266.


Philippe Ariès, Centuries of Childhood: A Social History of Family Life, trans. Robert Baldick (New York: Vintage Books, 1962), 62.


Wu Hung, "The Painted Screen," Critical Inquiry 23, no. 1 (Autumn 1996): 37-79.


Alex Marshall, “Glass, Golden Flames or a Beam of Light: What Should Replace Notre-Dame's Sprire?,” New York Times, April 10, 2019.


Susan Brizzolara Wojcik, Iron Hill School: An African-American One-room School (U.S. National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places, 2002).


About Yale: Yale Facts,” Yale University, accessed May 1, 2017.

3. Illustrations

All PLATFORM pieces must include at least one image. If you are having difficulty locating an image, please consult with the editors.

A. Call-outs

In pieces in which the text refers to specific images, place figure references, in parentheses, at the end of the sentence in which the image is first discussed, e.g. (Figure 1).

B. Permissions

Authors must obtain permission to reproduce illustrations when necessary and pay copyright fees and other costs. Include a copy of the written permission for each illustration with the final approved manuscript.

C. Digital image files:

i. Do not embed digital images in the manuscript. Submit each illustration as a separate file.

ii. Images—including captured or “grabbed” cinema stills, web pages, and other information from a computer monitor—should be submitted in JPG or TIFF (no compression) file formats and should be 2500 pixels wide (8.33” wide at 300 dpi / 34.7” wide at 72 dpi).

iii. The preferred format for line art, such as maps and diagrams, is Adobe Illustrator EPS, although acceptable formats are TIFF, EPS, PDF, and BMP. Convert GIS and CAD files to PDF or Illustrator EPS. Please be aware that fine lines often disappear and converted files are not editable. If edits are required, you may be asked to provide corrected art. Be sure the labels and other lettering are large enough in the original to be legible after reproduction.

iv. Each illustration file must be named with the author’s last name and the same figure number used in the text and the caption list, e.g. Smith_FIG2.

D. Captions, Credits, and Size

A caption, with credit, must be supplied for each image, and included in a list at the end of the manuscript (as described above). Captions should be brief but identify what the illustration is and why it is important. Examples:

Figure 1. Roadside Shop, Philadelphia, 2009. Copyright Jan Smith.

Figure 2. Howard D. Woodson High School, Washington, D.C., McLeod, Ferrara, & Ensign, architects, 1965–72, demolished 2008. Reprinted with permission of the Washington D.C. Public Library, Star Collection, copyright Washington Post.

Figure 3. Plan of 12 Pacific Avenue, Buellton, California, Amy Parks, 1980. Redrawn by Hugh Brown from the architect’s original.

Figure 4. Film still from When That Was True, Alexa Patel, 2005. Reproduced with permission of Alexa Patel.