DEADLINE EXTENDED Announcing the Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize

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Date and Time:

Friday, September 11, 2020, 9:43pm

Applications are now being accepted for the Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize. The prize is a new collaboration between the Princeton Urban Imagination Center and Places Journal, established to encourage ambitious public scholarship in the design disciplines. The inaugural prize will focus on the theme of mobility justice. This is a capacious theme, and we are open to a range of issues and vantages, ranging from the contested politics of metropolitan transportation modalities, systems, technologies, and infrastructures, including the emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles; to climate change and environmental justice; to disability rights and inclusive access; to the effects of racism, sexism, ageism, and ableism on personal, bodily, and social mobilities.

Award Details

The winner of the Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize will receive an honorarium of $7,500 to produce a major written work of public scholarship for publication in Places Journal and for presentation in a public lecture sponsored by the Urban Imagination Center. Travel, accommodation, and meals associated with the event will be funded in addition to the honorarium. The prize is open to university-based or independent authors. The recipient will have a period of one year to complete both the article and lecture.


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How to apply/register:

Application Requirements

• An up-to-date CV
• A sample of published writing, ideally a work of public scholarship
• A brief proposal describing your prospective article, no more than 500 words
• A cover letter outlining the significance of the proposed topic

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted by October 19, 2020. Applications should be submitted by email to; please put “Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize” in the subject line. Writing samples that exceed the file size of Gmail (or other email) attachments should be submitted by a file sharing system referencing the same email address.

Selection Process

Applications will be reviewed by the members of the Princeton | Places Urban Imagination Prize Committee at the Urban Imagination Center. The editors of Places will serve on the committee, and we strongly encourage applicants to browse the journal and to read our statement on public scholarship in advance of submission. The winner will be announced by November 23, 2020.