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To study the wholistic development of architectural language over the past 3000 years.
To climb the ”tree of architecture” by analysing the top 10,000 works. To identify and explore the key tenets of design and see how they have been passed down through the millennia. 

Tom Fletcher (Sydney, Australia).
[email protected]

This website uses much content from Wikipedia. This is available under the GNU Free Documentation License  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:GFDL .
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If the Archipaedia Network has infringed a copyright, please let us know which image/text and we will remove the material immediately.

Images and info are gratefully accepted. Full credit is given.

Inquiries can be directed to the webmaster, Tom Fletcher (Sydney), at [email protected]


What is the purpose of this page?
The purpose of this webpage is to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of architecture through images and descriptive text. As the website primarily relies on donors for image contributions, the country-by-country coverage varies according to what contributions we’ve received.

How can I contribute my own photos?
Contributions are the main source of material for this website. If you wish to contribute, please contact us and we’ll send you follow-up instructions. If your files are already digitized, you can upload them directly via FTP or e-mail.

I submit photos, do they become your property?
No. This website is a collaborative effort. Each contributor retains the rights to his or her images, including the right to sell his or her images to interested publishers or request removal of his or her images from the website.

What photos are eligible?
All “historical” architecture, gardens, or statuary is welcome.

If you contribute photos, they must be your own property (i.e., photographed by you). “Historical Architecture” is a somewhat fuzzy term, generally taken here to mean any architecture worthy of historic preservation.

Why would I want to contribute?
This site receives numerous hits a day. It is a good way for your images to be seen and enjoyed by visitors the world over. Also, if you happen to live in one of the areas applicable to this site, your photos can help showcase your region’s local heritage.

Occasionally, publishers will contact the webmaster requesting to purchase a photo. All such inquiries are redirected to the person who contributed the photo, who may then negotiate terms of sale (this website does not expect to receive any compensation as a result).

Why are there more photos from certain countries, and less from others?
We are limited by the number of photos we receive from contributors. If we haven’t received photos from a particular country, we cannot post photos from that site.

I have a question. Who do I email and how long it will take?
Click above to contact the webmaster. Generally we will e-mail you back within 3-5 days, but please note that due to the volume of emails we receive, we cannot answer extremely general questions or questions outside the scope of this website (e.g., What is the best hotel in Kyoto?).

Can I use these photos in a school report, etc.?
Certainly! Credit the site “www.essential-architecture.com” and also credit the contributor of the photos. The contributor(s) are listed at the bottom of each site’s thumbnail page. If you want to use certain photos for other than educational purposes, or have other questions, click here to contact the webmaster.

Can I publish these photos in a book? If so, what is the charge?
It is up to the person who contributed the image(s) to decide whether to allow commercial reproduction. Publishers interested in using a certain photo or photos should email the webmaster. The webmaster will forward the inquiry directly to the photographer so that the two parties may negotiate terms directly. For resolution issues, see the following question.

I love a particular photo, but I want more detail. Is a larger version available?
The webmaster has high-resolution versions of many, but not all, of the photos archived on behalf of the various contributors. To request one for use, see the note about publishing above.

Who made this page? What is its history?
Is this a travel page?
No. There is no information about lodging, food, or tourist services on the website. However, it may be useful for visitors to print out a city’s index of sites before visiting that city.

Can I link to your website?
Please. It is in your benefit to contact us if you do, since we will provide a reciprocal link. The correct link is www.essential-architecture.com

I see an error, or a link doesn’t work. Can I contact you?
Please. There are doubtless lots of small errors, but hopefully no major ones!

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“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light.”
Le Corbusier
“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.”
Philip Johnson
“There are three forms of visual art: Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through”
Dan Rice
“Fashion is architecture: it is a matter of proportions.”
Coco Chanel
“Architecture is the art of lining things up.”
Robert AM Stern