Atlas of Places is a public educational collection of Academia, Architecture, Cartography, Cinema, Essays, Painting, Photography and Research. Its objective is to question the meaning of places. It is curated according to continuously evolving philosophical, social and cultural beliefs. This is merely an occasional collection. Some works date from 1230, some from the recent past, some from the present. They have this characteristic in common that they are outlooks, in the truest sense of the word. In them will be found little more than the intention of clarifying a few ideas that might really be called political if that fine word, so attractive and exciting to the mind, did not arouse today so many great scruples and great repugnance.

Atlas of Places simply wishes to make a little clearer to itself the notions that it has received from others or that, like others, it has formed for itself — notions that everyone uses for thinking about human groups, their relations and difficulties with one another. The effort to clarify such matters is assuredly not the business of those men who practice or mix in them. This collection is the work of an amateur.

Atlas of Places is dedicated to those persons who have no system and belong to no party and are therefore still free to doubt whatever is doubtful and to maintain what is not.

Atlas of Places is curated day by day, the works shared do not pretend to show any organic development: the link between them is rather one of insistence and repetition. For while one doesn’t know whether things which are repeated are pleasing, one’s belief is that they are significant. And what is sought throughout this collection are significant features.

Atlas of Places produces cartography, satellite imagery and orthoimagery for exhibitions, editorial projects and various other mediums. This continuous production appears in the Research collection. If you wish to purchase some of these works, please visit the Shop.

Atlas of Places originated in the Pyrénées-Orientales during the summer of 2015 and is edited by Thomas Paturet.


“We are threatened today by two kinds of environmental degradation: one is pollution – a menace that we all acknowledge; the other is loss of meaning. For the first time in human history, people are systematically building meaningless places.” – Eugene Victor Walter, Placeways: A Theory of the Human Environment, 1988


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Atlas of Places is proud to have collaborated with the following institutions, offices and people:
Yale School of ArchitectureNile GreenbergGnomic BookJason KoxvoldEdithousePolestar (Volvo)BAUKUNSTDB MOBILArtefactoryLabMaison de l’Architecture Occitanie-Pyrénées


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