Purpose

The Electronic Library of Colorado Architecture, Landscape, and Planning (ELCALP) is an educational tool, and is designed for use by students at all levels, for the public, and for members of the professions of architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture, urban design, and city and regional planning. It was created by faculty, staff, and students of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver and the Environmental Design Program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Our aim is to make images and information about buildings and sites in Colorado easily accessible in ways that are useful for many different people. This on-line database documents a wide array of sites, structures, and projects, including those which are significant because they have received awards from professional design and planning associations or because they appear on state and national registers of historic places. The intent is to help foster the appreciation and study of these Colorado buildings and sites.

Secondarily, the purpose of the ELCALP is to help students in the College of Architecture and Planning and the Environmental Design Program become more knowledgeable about all the facets of its production, including such things as computer applications, technical photography, professional descriptive writing, digital image capture, and text entry and editing. Many of the images and texts on the site were created by Environmental Design and Architecture and Planning students as a part of regular course work. Additionally, the system includes images scanned from the 35mm slide collections of faculty members, thereby sharing with the citizens of Colorado and the public elsewhere some of their expertise in fields such as architectural history, environmental psychology, landscape ecology, urban design, and land use planning. Other images have come from donors from outside of CU who have generously contributed to this educational endeavor.