How to search

There are several ways to search the archive; you can browse through the newest photos on the front page; you can click on the category you are looking for in the drop-down menus, and if you found one image, you can find similar images by clicking on the tags.

But the most precise way is using the search function; it searches tags, categories and photo titles, and the best result you get by combining the name of a category with some tags. For example will a search for “square autumn steps low contrast” find all photos of squares in autumn, with steps on them and without sharp shadows. “Copenhagen water edges people” will find all photos that are in the category “water edges” with the tags “copenhagen” and “people”.

All categories are in plural, so it helps typing “streets” and not “street”.

Good tags to use:

people/empty/cars/carfree – for empty or populated images

sunny/low contrast/twilight/night – for time of day

blue sky/grey sky/rain/snow – for weather

summer/autumn/spring/winter – for time of year

copenhagen/new york/hamburg/vienna/basel/lima – for location

basketball/eating/shopping/skating/walking/biking/urban sports – for activities

café/installation/bench/fountain/bush/tree/canal/bike parking – for elements

wood/asphalt/rubber/sand/gravel/pavement/natural stone/metal – for materials

squares/streets/paths/water edges/parks/gardens/courtyards/bridges/stairs/edgezones/pocket spaces/playgrounds/sport fields – for types


Welcome to the archive of urban spaces!

The purpose of this website is to provide an easily searchable and growimg archive of urban spaces, their spatial qualities and uses. Architects and urban planners are welcome to use them as references or collage material by using the free photos or buying a license for the high-resolution images.

We are two architects based in Copenhagen, where the quality and use of public spaces is always in focus of the architects work, both when working on building or masterplan projects. Facilitating and generating city life in a cold and windy climate challenges architects and planners to new and innovative solutions. However, this website will be dedicated equally to historic, proven typologies of urban spaces as to their contemporary variations.