This project's funding goal was not reached on May 26, 2013.
About this project
At first look, Siteseekr is a series of mobile travel and education applications that provide information to interesting architectural sites located in various cities and regions across the U.S. However, behind the scenes, Siteseekr is also an exhaustive architectural database compiled by architects, historians and researchers to preserve, educate and promote notable sites on American soil and how they came to be. There are many hidden gems out there, even right in your own backyard. This information is already out there, but not consistent, unified and easily accessible in one comprehensive source. Siteseekr is the convenient link that connects notable architecture to you, whatever your interests may be.
Siteseekr will be a thorough provider of regional architecture throughout the US. It will deliver descriptions of significant sites in major cities like NY, LA, Chicago, but also focuses on influential sites of lesser-known areas, sites that might be considered off-the-beaten-path.
Architecture from all eras is referenced. As long as we can find it, we will catalogue it, all the way from prehistoric American sites to Post-Post-Post Modern and Sustainable sites. In a nutshell, Siteseekr will provide:
The beauty and value of the database lies in its capacity for endless growth and ensures longevity even at a time when new technology trends develop every day. The Siteseekr content will stream from the database to mobile phones, tablets and future platforms as they become available.
The following images explain the Siteseekr app prototype, which will be developed for the Iphone. First, download the Siteseekr app platform for your area of interest. Then you are on your way...
- Navigating Siteseekr is simple! There is one main vertical navigation bar located on the left side of every screen.
- Historical Overviews! The 'history' button provides contextual summaries for architectural sites by region and by city. An interactive scrolling timeline is available above.
- Searching! Find the nearest buildings of interest with 7 extensive search type features.You can search sites by GPS mapping, keyword, nearby location, A-Z index, typology, architect’s name, or even by sustainable architecture (eco).
- The architecture! The Sites! Building data is divided by summary and technical facts. A 'checkmark' icon on the top right of the screen enables users to save the site to ‘my list.’ Internet browser-like tabs are provided behind the building content screens for quick access to 'my list' or mapping the referenced site.
- The architects! Biographical summaries of the architects are also accessed by active links in the text or by a search method.
- Tours! Existing tours are arranged by type or authorship. An existing tour provided by National Trust for Historic Preservation differs from a downtown architectural walking tour which focuses on architecture in a close proximity. Users have the ability to create their own itineraries from their saved 'my list' of sites. Once a list is created, it can be downloaded, emailed or deleted.
- + + + More! Additional app functions are located under the ‘plus’ icon on the navigation bar. Offline maps, architectural glossary of terms, 'archilodging,' app support, content creditng and external links are organized here. The 'plus' segment also provides the opportunity to store future product features as the database grows and technology advances.
We seek your support through funding and product exposure. Siteseekr Phase 1.0 requires funding for the initial database development (storage and organization of architectural content) along with a streaming working prototype. The first prototype will be Siteseekr - South Florida, the homebase of Siteseekr.
We also request you share the Siteseekr concept with everyone- your friends, family, coworkers and teachers. This can simply be done by posting the project's Kickstarter link on your Facebook page or emailing the link to your contacts.
PHASE 1.0 FUNDING BREAKDOWN (12 months): $87,150
- $15,000: DESIGN & IMPLEMENTATION of the MySQL DATABASE.
- $10,500: CMS INTERFACE for database (PHP WEB).
- $17,500: Responsive design PROTOTYPE Siteseekr - South Florida.
- $1,980: 18 months of CONTENT STORAGE for database and website hosting.
- $27,000: Min. base salary for photo editor/research assistant.
- $6,000: Legal: press releases, permissions and copyrighting contract & documentation.
- $5,000: office and printing expenses for press releases, presentations, gas and other travel expenses in order to meet with content partners for Siteseekr's future regions.
- $4,150: Kickstarter commission (5% of total)
We would like to reward you for your supreme generosity! ANY contribution would indicate your view of Siteseekr as a viable product and increase our fan base... giving us a simple pat on the back.
Currently there are several individuals behind the scenes of Siteseekr. Linda Feinberg is the visionary behind Siteseekr. She is an architectural designer, graphic designer and design educator in Miami, Florida. Zoe Luhtala is a Master of Library and Information Science and lives in the heart of Silicon Valley. Kenneth Dyman is an architectural designer living in Miami. Lastly, your contributions will allow us to hire the developers Swarming Technology (database development) and Clearly Innovative (platform development).
We hope you see the promise and value in the Siteseekr concept as much as we do. You're comments about the project are always welcome. To all our supporters (old & new), we sincerely just want to say...
Risks and challenges
Along the way, we may hit some challenges. It won't be the first time for us. Here at Siteseekr, we view challenges as opportunities. We are prepared to learn from them and pivot. This process will lead to a more successful Siteseekr in the end.
This Kickstarter campaign is huge for us. The successful acknowledgement of Siteseekr from all of you, as a valuable tool, will help us soar over any hurdles.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Architectural site data is currently available through a variety of sources, ie: architectural publications, foundations, preservation societies, travel books, public databases and more. Most sources are eager to promote awareness of their region's significant architectural works. Siteseekr's mission is to catalogue already existing content and make it easily accessible for you in one source.
Not at this time. Currently, Siteseekr will deliver clear comprehensive architectural information in a uniform and user-friendly manner.
The cost to purchase the initial app will be competitive with the cost of relative products in the marketplace. Currently the average travel app is around $4.99. In order to keep consumer costs down, we may introduce architectural site related advertising. We prefer the content to be accessible to everyone. The applications will still be less expensive than standard guide books.
4. Which Siteseekr region will follow the South Florida prototype and how are the regions determined?
Kickstarter supporters will define the order of the US regions for Siteseekr. Please review the contributor rewards above.
Once funded, Siteseekr Phase 1.0 is estimated to develop within a 6 month time period. The first prototype should be available by early 2014.
- (38 days)