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  • #: 238725
  • Price: $2.99 In Apple Store
  • Category: Reference
  • Updated: 2009-09-21
  • Current Version: 1.3
  • 1.3
  • Size: 0.80 MB
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Seller: Hopnear
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.0 or later
  • © Hopnear
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designnear - the first sophisticated guide to US contemporary architecture made by architects for architects.

designnear includes over 2, 100 images of over 575 projects (as of 1-1-2010), including important architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design and public art.

Projects include information on designer (or artist), date, size, client and description. Projects are linked to maps and can be found via designer, project name, location, etc. You can filter projects by type.

Want your project to be included? Got great pictures of a project you visited on an archi-tour? Send to projects@hopnear.com We will give credit to all who submit. Thanks to all who have already submitted work.


1. While we have over 2, 100 images, we do not yet have images for all projects but are adding them frequently.

2. This is a guide to CONTEMPORARY projects. We have included a few historical projects, but the focus is on early modern and contemporary work.

3. This guide is ONLY US CITIES LISTED ABOVE AT THIS TIME (and Toronto) - we have not posted work in South America, Asia or Europe at this time (but we plan to in the future)

4. To get all of the most recent work, you need to update your cache. To do that you select the DESIGNER tab, and select the "cache" button on the upper right and download the updates. It only takes a few seconds.

NEWLY ADDED - for January 2010

- New San Francisco Images

- New Jersey Images

- New Projects and images in Iowa, Toronto, Texas, Florida

- and MORE!

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Rated 3/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars

good support response

This app is really good - not flashy, not tech innovative, but it actually provides good content, not just a bunch of misc. garbage like most location based apps. And, most imporantly, it actually works which is also not something I can say for most other apps I have! This app is just right for someone who likes architecture - I used it this weekend to see projects in Minneapolis and it was super useful at getting me there and giving me the basic information. Allowing people to add their own comments would be one improvement I would make. Also, I'd like more images althought I mostly know the designers so I know what I will likely see.

ALSO - I sent in some comments to support and was given quick response (I had not updated my cache and so I didn't see all the new projects). I think that should be automatic, and they said that would be in the next release which is good. Also, they seem to be very commmitted to long term having data on projects everywhere which would make this even better.

5/5 stars

Beyond useful

First rate information, good filters (took a while to get used to them), and strong photos make this a great ap. I've used the "nearby" tool in New York and Chicago and it worked well. I've used the "designer" filter to answer questions--my own and my friends, which makes it lie a game.

The photos are great--curiously "live." I hope there will be more.

2/5 stars


I was suprised at the lack of images for the listed buildings. No images for the majority of the buildings I was looking at which are extremlly famous. It also seems like some one has an Eric Owen moss crush as well, tons of his work in LA. Yet other architects like thom mayne - (much more influential) has only the cal trans building listed in LA. He's done many others down there. Also I noticed major buildings missing, such as renzo pianos science building which is across from the deyoung museum.

Couple suggestions-give opportunites for users to upload photos for everyone to view like a wiki.

Also expand the list of buildings drasticlly. It's a good start but i hope there are updates on the way.


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