In 2011, three friends, Mario Accordino, Don O’Keefe, and Ed Slipek, had an idea for a way to give something back to their native city of Richmond. The goal was simple. They wanted to create an organization that helped residents and visitors alike to better connect with the city.
In three years, ArchitectureRichmond has published some 150 articles on the site. We have documented and illuminated buildings, spaces, events, and issues in neighborhoods across the city. Now ArchitectureRichmond must grow to provide options that enable people to learn about and take pride in the city we call home.
The images above show what the new ArchitectureRichmond will look like. Every existing part of the site will be revamped, with an improved homepage, a searchable version of our growing architectural inventory, and a video explaining our mission. Joining these improvements will be brand new features like architecture maps and DIY walking tours, all optimized for mobile viewing.
Our goal is as simple now as it was then: make the best resource for local architecture and urbanism in the country. As of today, ArchitectureRichmond is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $5,000 by New Year’s. This budget will allow us to design and program the new website and features, produce our first video feature, and create new printed materials including some great thank you gifts for our supporters. Please take a look at our Kickstarter and make a commitment to architecture and design journalism in Richmond. We can do it, but we need your help.
Mario Accordino, Don O’Keefe, and Ed Slipek
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