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The Agora Journal of Urban Planning and Design is the award-winning, student-run, peer-reviewed publication of the University of Michigan Urban and Regional Planning, Urban Design, and Real Estate Certificate Programs.

We welcome investigations into topics including but not limited to urbanism, design, planning practice, and policy evaluation through a wide variety of perspectives and media. We also encourage original research such as GIS analysis, photojournalism, and design work, all accompanied by text explanations of the work's impact on planning ideas. 

In addition to general submissions, Agora seeks responses to its annual Symposium topic. This year's topic will be announced in October.  

Additional details and tips for submission can be found here.


Based in Taubman College, the annual journal traditionally publishes student work from a wide range of disciplines and provides an opportunity for campus community members to share perspectives on various urban issues, including those that affect the region, the state, and the planet. The print journal is distributed to students and faculty within Taubman College, the University library, alums, architecture firms, planning departments, other organizations nationwide and abroad, and all other academic journals produced by graduate urban planning programs. Agora is printed annually in April.

To learn more about this publication including:

  • Updates and announcements on the current issue - Agora 16
  • Dates and terms for submissions
  • Team members and contact information

The Agora Journal recently received a Douglas Haskell Award for Student Journals from the American Institute of Architects.

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