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Placenotes—Austin (2nd edition)

Placenotes—Austin (2nd edition)

An entirely new kind of travel book—boxed sets of cards that guide you to the unique and memorable places that gives Austin its distinctive character.

The Charles W. Moore Center for the Study of Place
January 2009
This book is out of print and no longer available.

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. This set of Placenotes guides you to places where you can experience the authentic culture of Austin. 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 is a set of individual cards that describe unique places in the 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 you need to plan your visit. A map, index of places, and key to symbols comes in the set. The cards are contained in a sturdy box with a lid that snaps shut with invisible magnets.

Selected Placenotes–Austin:

  • Moore/Andersson Compound
  • The Veloway
  • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Harry Ransom Center
  • Hotel San Jose
  • Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • 2nd Street District
  • Texas Governor's Mansion
  • The Forty Acres
  • Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
  • Hamilton Pool
  • Blanton Museum of Art

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.