Placenotes—New York Art Museums

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Placenotes—New York Art Museums

The Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place

An entirely new kind of travel book--a boxed set of cards that feature New York City's “must see” art museums.


Places—buildings, neighborhoods, landmarks, and cultural and commercial institutions—help define a city's unique character, its "sense of place." This is the key concept behind Placenotes, a wholly new type of travel book that features the "one of a kind" places that make a city distinctive. Placenotes guides you to places where you can experience the authentic culture of a city. For visitors, these are the "must see" places. For residents, Placenotes offers the perfect opportunity to become deeply acquainted with the places that distinguish their city from all others-an opportunity to invest in the life of the place.

Not a conventional travel book, Placenotes are sets of individual cards that describe forty-five to fifty-five unique places in a featured city. The front of each card has a color photograph that captures the spirit of a particular place. The back of the card tells the story of the place, often with commentary by a local expert. It also provides all the practical details people need to plan their visit. A city map, index of places, and key to symbols come in each set of Placenotes. The cards are contained in a sturdy box with a lid that snaps shut with invisible magnets.

Placenotes is the creation of Kevin Keim, Director of the Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place in Austin, Texas. Charles W. Moore (1925-1993) was a world-renowned architect, educator, and writer. To carry on his work, the Moore Center was founded in 1994 to teach people about the importance of good places, design, and architecture.

"The Placenotes cards are a novel idea for someone who craves great travel information, whether visiting in person or simply browsing at home. I love the way the stories behind the buildings amplify the experience of the place."

—Michael Graves, Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, Princeton University

"The world is made of real places. It's especially important, in a media-dominated culture, to reacquaint ourselves with that truth. Placenotes is a fresh, ingenious, and practical way to accomplish that goal."

—Robert Campbell, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture writer, Boston Globe