Imagine if there were a site where you could access 1000’s of ideas concerning a certain architectural topic – regardless of whether you’re interested in facade design or the use of urban space. Imagine if there were an architectural platform where you could discuss exceptional projects – regardless of whether they were renowned, brand new, or about to be torn down. Imagine if there were an interactive architectural atlas that allowed you to explore new cities and simplified your academic research.
Architects, urban planners, and artists depend heavily on the exchange of knowledge and creative ideas in their research and design processes. This exchange of information directly leads to inspiration. Thanks to the internet, researchers have access to a wealth of architectural information in the form of building plans, photos, peer reviewed publications, thought pieces, and blogs through various academic, governmental, and private organizations. The information is accessible but it is scattered throughout the Internet. AllPlaces aims to be a hub for architectural research by providing access to a wide range of information on one site.
The inspiration for AllPlaces arose from the desire to connect researchers at Hafen City University and provide access to architectural and urban planning knowledge. AllPlaces is being designed initially for academics, researchers, students, and designers and will ultimately expand to include public institutions and the architecturally minded individual.
AllPlaces will aggregate and maintain a database of geographically tagged architectural photographs from various academic and governmental sources. The photos will be thematically organized and associated to links pointing to external reference materials. Users will be able to access this information through an interactive map interface and will have the ability to search based not only on location but also architectural themes. Additionally, AllPlaces will have a mobile component that allows users to access architectural information while exploring a city. AllPlaces will continue to grow and expand as a collaborative website. Its users will have the ability to contribute to the site by uploading photographs and documents. AllPlaces will also seek to expand its data set through cooperation with other non-commercial (image) databases with interdisciplinary focuses (e.g. historical, specific architects or topics as well as functions). In this manner, we hope to depict the complexity of urban architecture and enable a wide range of conversations.
We are a young, interdisciplinary team of academics who believe in the idea of Allplaces.eu and its capability to support and expand the potential of urban architectural research. We are a multinational team with the ability to draw on resources and networks from a variety of countries.