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PEVSTWEET: Great Buildings in 140 characters or less.

“Imagine a dynamic and organic database of the worlds buildings combined with the social chutzpah of Twitter”

Welcome to pevstweet: an idea forged between Andy Marshall’s compulsive need to catalogue, and the great social enigma called Twitter.

Here is an example of a pevstweet. It records the basic building details with a relevant link for more information:

The Power of a Relational Database

To see the full power of pevstweet click the image below to see a sample of a full pevstweet mashup of information about one particular building:

To receive a gentle stream of great buildings to enlighten and educate; then you can follow pevstweet here.

Learn how to contribute your own building on pevstweet here.

More Information

Pevstweet is a humble attempt to create a Pevsner inspired twitterbase of great buildings and get architecture into the twittersphere.

Niklaus Pevsner was an architectural historian whose attempt to record the buildings of England was published in the Buildings of England Series.

The Benefits

The benefits of such a humble enterprise are not known, but the potential of a large database of buildings described in simple terms, combined with the networking ability of Twitter, are interesting to say the least. As a minimum it could constitute a valuable record and provide a rich organic pattern showing our deep rooted relationship with the built form.

Some of the benefits may include:

  • Research by keyword (for example here’s a twitter search for Art Nouveau buildings) – check out the list of sample searches at the bottom of this page. The beauty of twitter is that the search is live. As more and more buildings are entered they will show up on the search. You can cross reference keywords too e.g.  Art Nouveau in Glasgow.
  • Record your favourite building or community for posterity with links to images and other information
  • Publicize your campaign to save a building by encouraging re-tweets
  • Generate the profile of a new building by encouraging re-tweets
  • Use other apps to analyse and present the building data in a relational way (see an example of this on Tweet Grid)
  • Review the popularity of buildings, styles, periods or types on the twittersphere – by re-tweets or by the number of times a building has been entered.
  • Are you an architect with a new building to promote? Add it to pevstweet to reach an audience with an architecture based profile – and tweet it around
  • Make contact with people who may have insider information about a building – buildings held together by a social network


Learn how to contribute a building to pevstweet here

You can follow @pevstweet here

Some Search Samples

Contemporary Architecture


Architecture in the US

Classical Architecture

Architect Le Corbusier

Buildings built in 2005

Buildings in London


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