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About What's Out There

Freeway Park
Freeway Park, Seattle, WA

What’s Out There® is the most comprehensive, carefully vetted and profusely illustrated database of North America's designed landscape legacy. This ever-growing resource currently contains more than 1,800 sites, 900 designer profiles, and 10,000 images. The Advanced Search option allows users to find sites in the database via location, designer, and types and styles of landscape - there are  27 types (e.g. Park), 49 sub-types (e.g. Vest Pocket Park) and 15 styles (e.g. Modernist). 

The database is complemented by several other TCLF programs including What's Out There Weekendswhich offer free expert-led tours of specific cities and areas, and What's Out There Guides, which focus on the nation's urban landscape legacy. What's Out There is also optimized for iPhones and similar handheld devices and includes What's Nearby, a GPS-enabled function that locates all sites in the database within a 25-mile/40-kilometer radius.

What’s Out There incorporates historic designed landscapes from all 50 U.S. states, including those listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and National Historic Landmarks (NHL) designated with significance in landscape, and has begun adding sites in Canada. What’s Out There has received several ArtWorks grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and is done in partnership with leading universities, professional colleagues, complementary institutions, and others and all submissions are crafted in accordance with concise guidelines and are vetted by TCLF staff.

Images included in the database are available for public use with a required credit of The Cultural Landscape Foundation as well as to the photographer when one is noted. Commercial use of images in the database requires written consent from TCLF.

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