NANCY LEVINSON   is editor of Places,published online in partnership with Design Observer. As both architect and editor, Levinson works to promote innovative urban and environmental design. At Arizona State University, where she was founding director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, she created the project Post-Petroleum Phoenix, focusing on the systems-scale adaptation of car-centric cities. At the Harvard Graduate School of Design, she cofounded Harvard Design Magazine, creating issues on new directions in city form, urban sprawl and spectacle culture, and post-communist urbanism in Eastern Europe. Levinson writes for diverse publications, including Architectural Record, the Journal of Planning Literature, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Perspecta, The Architect’s Newspaper, Metropolis, and Dwell. For two years she wrote the weblog “Pixel Points” for Arts Journal. She received a B.A. from Yale University and Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania.