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5 Websites about Architecture Travel

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, designed by Zaha Hadid, London, in association with Integrated Design Solutions, Troy, Mich., won a Metal Architecture design award in 2013
The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, designed by Zaha Hadid, London, in association with Integrated Design Solutions, Troy, Mich., won a Metal Architecture design award in 2013.

by Christopher Brinckerhoff, associate editor

Are you traveling this summer? Unless you're going on a wilderness expedition, chances are good there will be opportunities to enjoy some architecture site seeing. There is an abundant selection of websites with information about landmarks, local history, contemporary buildings and other topics connected with architecture travel. Here's a list of five sites to begin.

  1. a View on Cities is a good starting point because it has an extensive collection of basic building information including locations. The site features bits of information including construction date, materials and square footage.
  2. MIMOA is an architecture guide that features short descriptions, addresses and maps of contemporary architecture including interiors, parks, public places, buildings and bridges. Simple search tools navigate visitors through more than 8,000 projects by location, project type, completion date and whether it is a public or non-public building.
  3. ArchiTravel invites users to share information and experiences from past travels with text, pictures, maps and descriptions of significant buildings. Search by city, project name, architect, project category or keyword to find or research places.
  4. ArchDaily's Architecture City Guides include pictures, maps and information about significant architecture in for than 40 municipalities, most in the U.S.
  5. News media websites are another good source of information about architecture travel. You can find more information about a smaller number of destinations on these sites. The New York Times and the BBC are two sites with sections devoted to architecture travel.

There are many other information sources about architecture travel including books, apps for mobile devices, blogs, historical society websites and lists of historic landmarks. You're welcome to share those you know about in the comments below.

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