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OpenBuildings
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OpenBuildings
A new crowd-sourced portal to architecture's greatest achievements and newest additions
by Karen Day
on 28 July 2010
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The just-launched OpenBuildings online database organizes architecture's finest examples from around the globe in an effort to share info and highlight stunning developments. Multiple methods of navigating the buildings—as a grid, list, slideshow or Google Maps overlay—allow for individualized browsing of the user-driven site, and a forthcoming iPhone app will make it easy to tour architecture on-the-go.

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Already 2,000 buildings strong, co-founder Tom Mallory hopes the architectural community will play an instrumental role in building "an all-encompassing informational resource" for everyone from professionals to tourists. The wiki allows users to edit, add or delete items for a democratic (though remarkably thorough) look at architecture around the world. Register at the OpenBuildings site to submit a building or to just check out many of the amazing architectural feats already listed.

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Coming soon, the free OpenBuilding iPhone app called simply "Buildings" prompts self-guided architecture tours to make it even more convenient to learn about our built world.

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