With this issue, Shinkenchiku-sha launches a new series entitled Place + Urbanism'. Place? refers to more than just locations in the city. Rather, it looks towards the character that defines neighbourhoods as places which support the lives and activities of the people who live and work there, and as situations that include architectural spaces. Urbanism? refers not only to top-down urban planning but also bottom-up approaches in the form of shared ideals about life in the city. The complementary relationship between place and urbanism thus forms the essential basis of the series. This inaugural issue looks at changes taking place in 21 cities around the world.