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Archilovers is the first real social network for architects, designers lovers of architecture.

It is an international platform, totally free, with boundless space and no constraints, where you can post projects, exchange opinions and interests, get to know designers and architects and create your professional network.

It is the first online application allowing you to manage both your own professional profile and that of your design office, of your company, of your occasional team. An open community that is based on real collaborations, professional interactions and networks.

But it is also simply a large online library where you can browse amongst contemporary architecture projects, designers of international fame but above all small design offices spread out here and there all over the world, which will surprise you for their quality and creativity.

Apart from these basic functions which it shares with the most widespread social networks, Archilovers marks a turning point in how architecture and design are communicated and “consumed”.

“Tag the products!” is this application's pay off. Like on Facebook you can tag your friends in the photos, on archilovers then tag the products that you have chosen for your projects. Some already say that it is fantastic. It seems a simple technical detail, actually it is a real turning point in how architecture is communicated and exploited. Now, every time we browse the photos of a project, we can finally find out what the product used is called, look at its technical fact sheet and contact the manufacturer.
On Archilovers you can tag both the most common products and less famous products like niche products, technical products or products designed especially for that application or handmade products with hypertext links. At last no geographical limits!
Archilovers is indeed linked to archiproducts.com, the largest international website for architecture and design products, which belongs to the same network as Archilovers, which anybody can access and publish their catalogues.

On Archilovers you can, therefore, express yourself professionally by choosing the most innovative, beautiful and intelligent products. Then, maybe your projects will enter manufacturers' reference-books.

And then there are the albums! For the first time your project can be put into one or more topic albums, so that other users consult your profile for different reasons from simply project type or location. An example? If you have designed a beautiful internal staircase, you can inform our editorial staff and they will graphically indicate your project in the relevant album “internal staircases” and all the visitors interested in this topic will have another reason for discovering your project and maybe contacting you for new jobs or potential collaborations.

Archilovers' mission is to promote socialisation and let you communicate but above all to find new opportunities, multiply possibilities and expand the network.

The social platform on Archilovers is similar to that of Facebook, in terms of operation and concept: instant messaging, mail, notifications, creating groups, love and unlove, basically everything you need to interact and create networks on various levels with your professional community. However, unlike the other professional social networks, on Archilovers you can also talk about yourself through your personal attitudes, your travels, your photos, your stories and your videos. No limits.

Because we want archilovers to be your favourite space, forever.

What are you waiting for? Create your profile and begin your experience!


With Archilovers you can do
1. Profile
Free registration to Archilovers gives you a personal area where you can manage all your data, update it, publish your projects and interact with the social platform.

Your profile is public, visible to everybody from the homepage of Achilovers under the item PEOPLE, or amongst the results of a search performed on the site. Your fact sheet and your projects are also indexed on Google, so that they will appear at the top of the list of results.
Your designer fact sheet is the place where you can describe your work in detail, by specifying your professional activity, your interests and entering the keywords which will be used as search indexes of your profile. You can indicate your interest in receiving collaboration proposals and provide your contact data (mobile, social network, personal websites, etc..) so that other designers can communicate with you. You can upload photos, videos, exchange messages with other lovers, follow their activities, create teams (profiles administered both by you and by your collaborators) and publish your projects in complete and interactive fact sheets.

2. Project
The project fact sheet is the showcase of your works, as they progress or still in the design phase. You can publish information regarding projects you have written, co-written or which you are in some way professionally involved, respecting copyright and privacy. There is no limit to the number of projects that you can publish. Your project fact sheets are accessible from the homepage of Archilovers under the item “Project”, or amongst the results of a search, or directly from your profile. For each project, you can add an unlimited number of photos, media, renderings, drawings and other material in various formats that can be downloaded. The project data sheet lets you add a detailed text description of the work with no minimum number of characters, as well as filling in several fields for the technical specifications: year and status of the works, reference construction type, details of customer, building company, costs and dimensions of the project. You can associate several keywords to each project which will contribute to indexing the fact sheet, the project is geolocalised on the map and all the images can be viewed in a full screen gallery. For each photo you can tag one or more materials, construction elements or products and you can reference your work using stories and experiences of use written by you and by others.

The project fact sheet has no space limits for uploading photos and multimedia files and exploits all the social networking tools: comments, posts, tags, love button and the facebook like button.

3. Social interactions
Archilovers is a social network with interactions to permit exchange and communication amongst registered users. Architecture is a passion for archilovers, and like becomes love. Designers or projects which you decide to Fol(love), are those which you like and you are interested in following; you will receive a reminder of the updates concerning them directly on your wall. But finally you will also be free to express a negative opinion about what you dislike, you can say it with a simple un(love).

Each object published by the other lovers may be commented, you can write messages on the other walls, invite and be invited to become a member of a Team Profile or of a Project Team.

On Archilovers you can connect your projects with the products and materials used in it and present in the archiproducts.com database, by tagging them in the photographs you have published.

Archilovers interacts with Facebook and Twitter.
Indeed login is simplified using Facebook Connect, while the “like” and “tweet” buttons let you publish you appreciation directly on your Facebook profile or Twitter channel.

4. Search
Archilovers provides you with all the instruments necessary for performing effective and quick searches amongst the more than 30,920 projects and more than 109,535 designers published.
A large number of non exclusive and combinable filters are at your disposal so that you can refine your search. The projects envisage filters for: place, type, prevailing structure and state of the work; designers, on the other hand can be filtered by: place, activity and profession.

A further instrument of visibility, and thus searching the projects, is the presence of the featured projects, that is those highlighted for you by the Archilovers editorial office every day.

5. Tag topics
The projects can be catalogued within three albums: elements, materials and themes. Each one of these has sub-categories, with a list of possible choices. Associating the project to one or more albums is performed by adding a tag to the individual photos, by selecting the area of the image with most relevance to the chosen topic.
The project is thus also profiled according to the aspects which you wanted to highlight and will appear in the preview page of each album it is registered in. In terms of research, the tag topics tool provides a further filter for cataloguing the projects on the basis of the relevance that each one has and which you might need to find.

Tag topics is an absolute innovation of Archilovers.

6. Tag products
The products used can be tagged on the photos published in the project data sheets. The tag links the photo to the Archiproducts database, which already contains more than 25,000 catalogues. In this case, the link from the products refers you to a detailed product fact sheet already published on Archiproducts. However, if the product that you wish to tag is not yet in the database, you can still tag it, by entering the essential details: name, manufacturer, description and a link.

The product tag is an absolute innovation of Archilovers.

7. Team Profile and Project Team
Archilovers will give you the opportunity of creating a Team Profile, where you can add all the designers who collaborate with you. You can specify the team type, choosing from: company, technical office, project team, enterprise or supplier. As the founder you can invite other members and decide whether to make them administrators: in this way they will have the same access to publishing the content. The Team Profile also envisages the possibility of setting the presence of a member to visible/invisible, for instance if you want to delegate the job of monitoring/management/updating the profile to a figure outside the professional team.

Otherwise, if you wish to report the collaboration of a colleague within one of your projects, you can do it directly from inside your project fact sheet. In this way you create a Project Team, where you can specify the role of the designers invited to become members and decide whether they are to be appointed administrators of the fact sheet (only of the fact sheet and not of the profile then). In this case the colleague you invited will not appear as your collaborator in all your works, but only for the specific one in which you have indicated the presence. Both in Team Profile and in Project Team, the designer invited must accept the invitation before appearing in the team.

8. Stories
Stories are articles, posts, reviews that all Archilovers users can write on their own projects, on other projects and designers, on experiences of product use, on events or even only on things connected to architecture, like travel or curiosities. Stories are like articles of a blog, but exploit social interaction, connections and social networks. When writing a story you can add an external video, link and image, connect/quote projects, designers, topics, products and other stories in it.
Quotes appear in an article in text format as clickable links. The story thus becomes a surfable hypertext, a combination of content which is different but connected by a common theme. You can comment, share and follow a story just like you are used to doing with all the other Archilovers content. The advantage for you will be that of constructing a rich and dynamic blog, with interactive content and the possibility of exchange with other users.

9. The Archipassport network
Archilovers is part of the largest network for architecture, building and design ARCHIPASSPORT:
Archiproducts.com
The most complete search engine for architecture and design, with fact sheets and links to the manufacturers. (worldwide, 11 languages)

Archilovers.com
The social network for architects, designers and lovers of architecture. (worldwide, 11 languages)

Archiportale.com
The Italian web magazine of architecture and design, which publishes news about projects, designers and prompt updates on all the events/calls for tender/competitions/results in Italy and abroad. (Italy)

Edilportale.com
The search engine for the building industry, constantly updated with news, laws, events, regulations, calls for tender of operators of the sector. (Italy)

BlocchiCad.com
The portal for CAD designers in Italy and abroad which publishes CAD object libraries, blocks, technical details, textures, raster images and other digital content. (Italy)


Registration and Access




How do I register on Archilovers?
If you are a new user, you can register by clicking on “First time on Archilovers”, at the top right of each page and filling in the form.
By filling in your real name and your profession friends and colleagues can easily find you. The fields Zip and Town make it easier to perform geolocalised searches and allow us to inform you of events, projects and designers near your geographical area. Please be careful when filling in the e-mail field. Indeed, after the registration process you will be sent an e-mail with a link to confirm registration. The account will only be activated after this confirmation is received. Registration on Archilovers gives you access to all the services reserved to registered users of the network sites: Archiportale.com, Archiproducts.com, Edilportale.com, Blocchicad.com


I am already registered on Archiportale, do I also have to register on Archilovers?
No. Thanks to Archipassport we have unified access to our network. If you are already a registered Edilportale/Archiportale/Blocchicad user, just enter your Email and Password in the fields at the top right of each page and click on “Login”. (The email address must correspond with the one used for registration on the other portals)


I have forgotten my password. How can I retrieve it?
From the login error page click on “Password Recover".
You will be asked to enter the email address provided when registering and you will be sent a message with the access password.


I have forgotten which e-mail address I used to register. How can I retrieve it?
Send an email to: support@archipassport.com with USERNAME RECOVER in the subject line, indicating your Name, Surname, Town and ZIP code. We will recover the data and send you your login details.


How can I delete my account?
To delete your account , send an e-mail to support@archipassport.com with DELETE ACCOUNT in the subject line along with your personal data. Please remember that by deleting your account on Archipassport you completely remove your data from our databases and loose all your accounts active on the network websites. If you only wish to delete your profile from Archilovers, we recommend deactivating it.


Can I deactivate my account?
You can activate or deactivate your personal profile from the following link: http://www.archipassport.com/login/autenticazione.asp?np=2. In “Deactivated” mode the profile will not appear in any Archiportale or Archilovers page and will not appear amongst search results. You can change your status at any moment.


Facebook Connect/Google connect: what's this?
Facebook Connect makes it possible for you to connect your own Facebook profile to Archilovers. User name, profile image, basic personal information will be imported to Archilovers without further registration.


Facebook Connect/Google connect: How do I log in
Click on the facebook logo located at the top right of all the pages. Connect through Facebook . On first access Facebook will ask you for authorisation on behalf of Archilovers to use your data. Click on the “Allow” button. A new profile will automatically be created with the data imported from Facebook. You can subsequently edit it in the “Edit Profile” section.


Facebook Connect/Google connect: Is my Facebook access data communicated to Archilovers?
No. Facebook permits login through its platform but it does not communicate your Facebook password to others. Archilovers, therefore, does not store your Facebook access data in any way. By authorising access with Facebook Connect, Archilovers imports the name, profile image and any other information for which privacy is set to “public”.


Creating and Editing personal profile




How do I create my personal profile?
The personal profile is automatically generated when you register on Archilovers. Anyway the personal profile will become public only after an email confirmation. 


Can I edit my personal profile?
Yes, you can access the edit profile area, by clicking on the “Edit Profile” item on the personal menu.
The area is divided into several steps to make it easier for the user when filling in data.
You can fill in/edit each step separately from the others. Remember to confirm data entered by clicking on the “Save” button.


Can I add and crop a profile picture?
You can upload a personal photo to the “Edit Profile” area and adapt it to the dimensions and the format envisaged by the layout. To do so select the “Profile Image” tab and click on the “Choose file” button.
From the dialogue box browse to the photo to be uploaded, select it and confirm the operation. After uploading (the time depends on the size of the file uploaded) you will be asked to select and crop the area of interest. To enlarge the selection area just click and drag one of the corners. To move it, click and drag the mouse by positioning in the middle of the highlighted area. You cannot rotate an image. Confirm the operation by clicking on “Save”.


Why can't I add a profile picture?
The platform only accepts files in Jpg and Gif format. Other formats like Tiff, Png or Bmp are not recognised or uploaded by the system. Furthermore the files can be a maximum of 4 mb and no smaller than 300x300px.


Can I add several interests and select several items in the Professional Activities section?
Yes, the platform accepts multiple field checking.
However, we recommend checking only items of real interest and activities to permit correct profiling.


What are keywords? Why do I have to add them to my professional data?
A keyword is a label describing your profile and your project, making it possible to classify and subsequently search for information based on keywords. Basically, keywords is an alternative way of organising the information to the use of fixed categories. Indeed, they are chosen by the user according to personal criteria of relevance of the added content. To enter keywords in your profile, choose the item “Edit Profile” from the personal menu and then “Professional Data” (second tab on the left).
Keywords can also be sentences made up of several words. To separate them from one another press the return key on the keyboard. The order in which the words are entered does not determine the priority of one keyword over another.


What keywords do I have to add?
Keywords help to index your profile and your project in the free search on Archilovers. Try to avoid repeating data already entered in the Profile or Project inserting procedure like: your name, the project title, the reference categories, the profession, the fields of interest, the professional activities. It is also better to avoid using data which is too general like your profession or hometown and limit the number of keywords to a few which describe you and your project in a more specific and particular way. Indeed, entering a large number and/or general keywords may cause a very high “rebound frequency”. Basically the user will visit your pages on the basis of a search, but if they do not find any correspondence between search and content, they will consider it irrelevant and will leave immediately.


Is my personal data visible to the other users?
Yes, all the data entered in your own profile is public and can be seen by the other users with the exception of email adress Postal Address, telephone and fax numbers however can also be hide by un-checking the “visible” thick beside each field.


Creating and Editing Team




What is a Team?
A Team is a public profile made up of a group of people who collaborate permanently. It may be a design office, a Public Authority, a construction company, a supplier or a simple group of people without any particular judicial connotation.


How can I add members to the Team?
You can add or delete members in a Team at any time. Select the item “Edit Team” from the menu at the top right of the page or choose the item “Teams” from the submenu of your personal profile and click on the button “Edit” .
On the tab to the left click on the item “Team members” , type the name of the designer or select it from the list of suggestions, select a role in the team and press the “Add” button.


Some of the designers in my Team are not present on Archilovers. Can I add them anyway?
Yes, the name of the member and their role will appear in your project sheet. At the same time they will be sent an email with an invitation to join the Archilovers community.


Can the other members of the Team modify the Team profile?
Yes, only if they too are administrators. To appoint a Team member “administrator”, select the item “Edit Team” at the top right or choose the item “Teams” from the submenu of your personal profile. Click on the “Edit” buttonand then on the tab on the left “Team Members”. Choose the designer and check the option “Administrator


Can I add a member to the Team and not make it public?
Yes. Select the item “Edit Team from the personal menu at the top right ” or choose the item “Teams” from the submenu of your personal profile. Click on the “Edit” button and then on the tab on the left “Team Members”. Choose the designer and uncheck the option “visible


Can I cancel a member from the Team?
As administrator you can delete a member of the Team from the “Edit Team” area. If you are invited to become a member of a Team, you can turn down the request. If you want to delete yourself from a Team which you are already a member of, you can do it from the “Edit Team” area , under the item “Team Members” (fifth tab on the left) .


Can I edit my Team?
You can access the Edit Team area by selecting the item “Edit Team” from the personal menu at the top right. Or, from the sub-menu of your personal profile, by selecting the item “Teams” and clicking on the “Edit” button
which appears when the mouse cursor is passed over the miniature of each Team. The edit Team section is divided into six steps to make it easier for the user when filling in the data. However, each step can be filled in/edited separately, by confirming the data entered each time with a click on the “SAVE” button.


I can't edit a Team.
You can only edit Teams which you are administrator of. We recommend that you send a personal message to the other users, asking them to make you administrator.


Can I delete a Team?
Yes, from the sub-menu of your Personal Profile, by choosing the item “Teams” click on the “Delete” button
that appears when the mouse is passed over the miniaure of each Team.


Can I add a Team picture?
You can add a personal photo to the “Edit Team” area by adapting it to the size and format visualised in your own team page. To add a photo select the “Team Photo” tab and click on the “Select file" button.
From the dialogue box, browse to the picture to be uploaded select it and confirm (the upload time depends on the size of the uploaded file).


Why can't I add a Team picture?
The platform only accepts files in Jpg and Gif format. Other formats like Tiff, Png or Bmp are not recognised or uploaded by the system. Furthermore the files can be a maximum of 4 mb and no smaller than 300x300px.


Can I add several interests and select several items in the Professional Activities section?
Yes, the platform accepts multiple field checking.
However, we recommend checking only items of real interest and activities to permit correct profiling.


What are keywords? Why do I have to add them to my professional data?
A keyword is a label describing your profile and your project, making it possible to classify and subsequently search for information based on keywords. Basically, keywords is an alternative way of organising the information to the use of fixed categories. Indeed, they are chosen by the user according to personal criteria of relevance of the added content. To enter keywords in your profile, choose the item “Edit Team” from the personal menu and then “Team Data” (second tab to the left).
Keywords can also be sentences made up of several words. To separate them from one another press the return key on the keyboard. The order in which the words are entered does not determine the priority of one keyword over another.


What keywords do I have to add?
Keywords help to index your profile and your project in the free search on Archilovers. Try to avoid repeating data already entered in the Profile or Project inserting procedure like: your name, the project title, the reference categories, the profession, the fields of interest, the professional activities. It is also better to avoid using data which is too general like your profession or hometown and limit the number of keywords to a few which describe you and your project in a more specific and particular way. Indeed, entering a large number and/or general keywords may cause a very high “rebound frequency”. Basically the user will visit your pages on the basis of a search, but if they do not find any correspondence between search and content, they will consider it irrelevant and will leave immediately.


How do I create a Team?
The Team can be created by selecting the item “Add Team” from the personal menu at the top right or by choosing the item “Team”/”Add a new Team” from the sub-menu of your personal profile.


Project Entry and Editing




How can I add a new project?
To add a new project, select the item “New Project” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the item “Projects”/”Add New project” from the sub-menu of your profile.


How many projects can I add?
An infinite number. There is no limit to the number of projects.


How can I delete a project?
To delete a project, select the item “Edit Project” from the personal menu at the top right. In the page body you will find teh list of your projects with the button “Delete” or “Edit” beside it. A project is permanently deleted. All the info, the pictures, the downloaded files regarding the project will be deleted.


How can I edit a project?
To edit a project, select the item “Edit Project” from the personal menu at the top rightor choose the item “Project” from the sub-menu of your personal profile.


The project title already exists, but it is not mine. What can I do?
Archilovers informs you if two or more titles are exactly the same. You can still add the project and not change the title you have chosen. However, in order to improve the project indexing, we recommend that you change it or add a detail to differentiate it from those already published.


The project already exists. How can I add myself to the Team of designers?
If you have taken part in a project on Archilovers you can ask to be added to the Team. Select the item “New Project” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the item “Project”/”Add New project” from the sub-menu of your personal profile. In the dialogue box start to type the name of the project you are looking for in the “Title” field . As you are typing the system will suggest the various projects present. Find the one you are looking for, press ok and then “Send request for addition”. Before appearing amongst the members, the project administrator must confirm that you are a member and define your role in the Team.


How can I become the administrator of a project added by another user?
The sole Administrator of a project is the user who added it for the first time. He or she will decide your role in it and will decide whether to appoint you administrator as well. Try to send them a private message with your request.


What projects can I add?
The Archilovers platform is based on freely sharing and using the content. You can publish information on projects of which you are the author, co-author, or in which you are in some way professionally involved, in complete respect of copyrights and of privacy. If you believe that there has been an infringement of copyrights or in any case abuse, you can send a message to: support@archilovers.com


Can I add several items in the Project Type field?
Yes, the platform accepts multiple field checking. However, we recommend checking only items of real interest and activities to permit correct profiling.


What is a keyword?
A keyword is a label describing your profile and your project, making it possible to classify and subsequently search for information based on keywords. Basically, keywords is an alternative way of organising the information to the use of fixed categories. Indeed, they are chosen by the user according to personal criteria of relevance of the added content. To enter keywords in your profile, choose the item “Edit Project” from the personal menu and then “Details” (first tab on the left). Keywords can also be sentences made up of several words. To separate them from one another press the return key on the keyboard. The order in which the words are entered does not determine the priority of one keyword over another.


Several designers took part in my project. How can I add them?
You can add or delete collaborators from a project at any moment. You have two possibilities:

  1. Add an occasional collaborator
    Select “Edit Project” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the item “Project” from the sub-menu of your personal profile. Click on the item “People/Team” on the tab on the left, type the name of the designer or select it from the list of suggestions, choose a role in the team and press the “Add” button.
  2. Create a team


Some colleagues are not present on Archilovers. Can I still add them?
Yes, the name of the member and their role will appear in your project sheet in any case. At the same time they will be sent an email inviting them to join the Archilovers community.


Can the other colleagues edit the project?
Yes, only if they too are administrators. To appoint a collaborator “Administrator” Select the item “Edit Project” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the item “Project” from the sub-menu of your personal profile. Click on the item “People/Team” on the tab on the left, find the designer and check the option “Administrator”.


Can I add a colleague and not make them public?
Yes. Select the item “Edit Project” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the item “Project” from the sub-menu of your personal profile. Click on the item “People/Team” on the tab on the left, find the designer and uncheck the option “visible”.


Can I delete a colleague from the project?
As administrator you can delete a collaborator from the “Edit Project” area. You can also delete yourself from the team by rejecting the request to add yourself to the team or subsequently by deleting your sheet from the “Edit Project” area.


If I delete a project from my profile of which I am not administrator do I delete it permanently?
No, by deleting a project which you are not administrator of, you delete yourself from the team. The project will no longer be visible in your profile but will continue to exist on Archilovers.


How do you add pictures to a project?
To add images to a project just select the item “Images” in the “Edit Project” area. Browse to the folder where the images to upload are located on your pc. You can upload several files at the same time. The images are of three types:
photos, renderings and drawings. Project photos should be added to the body of your project sheet at the first tab visible. Renderings and Drawings are, however, previewed in the left had column and in the respective tabs in the body of the page. All the images can be seen seen in their real size in the fullscreen gallery.


How many pictures can I add for each project?
An infinite number. There is no limit to the number of images that can be uploaded.


Why can't I add pictures to the project?
The dialogue box for uploading images requires Silverlight, an external plug-in distributed by Microsoft. If you do not see the upload interface, your browser may not have Silverlight installed. If so download the latest version from: http://www.microsoft.com/getsilverlight/Get-Started/Install/Default.aspx
NOTE: If you're using Safari on OS X 10.9 "Mavericks", try the following:
1. Select Safari from the Menu bar.
2. Select Preferences > Security > Manage Website Settings > Silverlight.
3. Change the setting for "When visiting other websites" to Run in Unsafe Mode, and then click Done.
NOTE: The default setting is Allow.
4. Click Trust in the "Do you want to trust the website" pop-up window.


I can't upload some pictures. Why?
The platform only accepts files in Jpg and Gif format. Other image formats like Tiff, Png or Bmp are not recognised and loaded by the system. The files must be no larger than 8 mb in size.


What is the copyright item? What do I have to put?
The copyright refers to the copyrights of the images uploaded. The system automatically adds your name as the holder of these rights. If the images uploaded were not taken by you, you can edit the copyrights in the “Edit Project” area, in the tab “Images” For more information on copyright, please see the section “Terms and Conditions of use” located here: http://login.archipassport.com/privacy/regulation.aspx


What is the cover picture?
It is the preview image representing your project on the home page , in the Projects page, in the search pages and in the profiles of the users who “like” your project. It can be chosen from all the types of images uploaded.


What does “Tag a product” mean?
The big news about Archilovers is product tagging. Just like in Facebook you can tag and thus link one or more people to an image, in Archilovers, you can link one or more products to project photos.


How does the product tag work?
You can tag an image from the “Edit Project” area, by choosing the item “Tag Prodotti” in the “Images” tab or do it directly from the fullscreen gallery by choosing the item “Tag a product” from the menu at the top right.
just click on the point where you want to add the tag (if possible in the vicinity of the product to be tagged) and follow the procedure in the dialogue box. Just add company name to obtain a list of the products to choose from, taken from the database of Archiproducts.com, the network website with thousands of architecture and design objects.


The product to be tagged is not in the Archiproducts database. What can I do about it?
You can add a product manually, by clicking on the tab: “Can't find the product? Add it” in the dialogue box.


Posso collegare/taggare più prodotti alla stessa immagine?
Yes, you can repeat the tagging procedure several times.


Why do I have to link/tag products in the pictures?
Archilovers is a platform for sharing information. As such, telling others about your project choices also thanks to the products and materials used, becomes important for the community. It is also useful and important to connect your project to important international brands so that you can enter the reference books of the companies, thanks to the tags on their products. Each time you Tag a product on your projects , this will be notified to the manufacturer. A great opportunity to get additional visibility by famous brands.


Can I delete the products tagged on the pictures?
Yes, you can delete the various tags from the fullscreen gallery by clicking on the “x” in the balloons on the image. Otherwise, again in the gallery, you can select the tab “tagged products” . From the list of products, select the one to be deleted and press the button at the top on the right.


Can other users tag products on my pictures?
Yes, all the users can connect products to your images. You will be notified of a new tag and of the user who tagged it.


Can I delete the product tags of other users from by pictures?
Yes. You can delete all the tags on your images. You can also delete your product tags on both project images and on those of other users.


What use do topics have for my project?
A Topic Tag can be used by the Archilovers Staff to indicate the prevailing or characteristic element, material or theme of your project; the one you have worked on most and which best describes your architecture. This makes it possible to organise content not only by search keywords but also by themes. A different and revolutionary way to search for and use architecture online.
It is no longer and not only a project consulted in its entirety, but investigated by subsets, by areas, by individual elements, by materials.
A new way of researching, a transversal possibility of combining different and varied elements, of letting yourself be swayed and contaminated.


Where can I see the list of all the topics tagged on Archilovers?
All the topics end up in Albums organised by categories.
You can find the Elements, Materials and Themes albums at the following links
http://www.archilovers.com/albums/elements
http://www.archilovers.com/albums/materials
http://www.archilovers.com/albums/themes


How can I add a video in Archilovers?
To add videos in the project, just select the item “video” in the “Edit Project” area. You can quickly share videos from Youtube and Vimeo by copying and pasting the address of the video to be shared in the “video URL” field .
E.G.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdfA6SJcGw0


How can I delete a video from my project sheet?
To delete a video from the project, select the item “video”, in the “Edit Project” area, click on the “x” at the top right of the video to be deleted.


What are the resources?
The resources are all the files making up your project which are not images or videos.


What kinds of file can I upload in the Resources section?
All text files, Power Point presentations or pdf and spreadsheets.


Social Interaction




What can I do with Archilovers?
Archilovers is a social network dedicated to architecture and design. It offers a series of instruments useful for publishing your own projects independently, supporting them with a series of both general and specific social functions.

Like in any social network you can:
  • Comment activities, photos, videos and projects.
  • Follow other people and create a network of contacts.
  • Share project sheets, but also photos, videos and stories.
  • Like or  a project by using the "Love" button.
  • Send personal messages to other users.
  • Look for friends and other designers.


As a member of Archilovers community you can:
  • Have a personal profile organised like a business portfolio with project images highlighted, your own photo and all the information necessary for you to be contacted.
  • Publish an infinite number of projects, organised in a simple and minimal layout which leaves the right amount of space to images.
  • View the images of the projects in a fullscreen gallery which exploits the maximum size of the images or the maximum resolution of your monitor.
  • Tag a product in a project image.
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What does fol(love) mean?
 Follow means to like an architect/designer and at the same time start to follow his/her activity on Archilovers.


Why do I have to Follow other designers?
Follow designers allows you to follow all their activitiesso that you are constantly updated on the evolution of the designer.


What is the difference between Followers and Following?
fol(lovers) are the people or the teams which like and therefore follow you and your projects. fol(loved) are the designers or teams of designers which you like and therefore follow.


If I follow a designer, do I also follow their projects?
Yes, if a designer edits a project, this activity will come up on your wall.


Can I delete a Follower?
No. Archilovers is a social network whose content is open. As such any registered user can decide to follow you and your projects.


Can I delete a Following?
Yes, you can decide to no longer want to follow a designer and threfore you can delete them from your following list in the “Connections” tab of your personal profile.


Who can comment my content?
All registered users can comment your content.


Can I delete the comments of other users on my photos, on my projects and on my activities?
Yes. Just click on the “x” at the top right of the comments.


Can I delete my personal comments?
Yes. Just click on the “x” at the top right of the comments.


How do I know if someone follows me, love my projects, tags or comments something of mine or replies to a comment I make?
Archilovers has a similar system for message notifications to that of Facebook, located at the top of the page next to the personal menu. 


Stories




What are the stories?
Stories, as the name suggests, are articles, posts, reviews which each Archilovers user can write about their own project, about other projects and designers, about experiences of using products, about events or even only about topics connected to the world or architecture. Stories are like the articles of a blog, but exploit social interaction, connections and the social networks. When you write a story inside it you can add a video, but also link/quote projects, designers, topics, products and even other stories that you or others have published. It is possible to add links, only to Archilovers or Archiproducts. The quotes not only appear in the article in text form, but also appear in a graphic box on the right hand column. The story thus becomes a transversal hypertext, a combination of various content connected by a common theme.


How do I write a story?
To add a new story select the item “New Story” from the personal menu at the top right. It is easy to write a story; just give it a title, a subtitle and write the text. The description field has a simple editor for formatting the text. You can even geolocalise your stories in google maps, by choosing the “location” in the “Edit Stories” area.


How do I connect a project or a designer to a story?
While you are writing a story, at specific points you can decide to add images, videos and above all you can link designers, teams, projects, topics and other stories using the “Add reference” button. The reference is added as text to the page body and to graphic boxes in the right column of your story.


Is there a limit to the number of references that can be added?
No, there is no limit to the number of possible references.


How do I edit a story?
Select the item “Edit Story” from the personal menu at the top right or choose the “Stories” tab from the sub-menu of your profile. Select the story to be edited and press the “Edit” button below the preview.


How do I delete a story?
Select the “Stories” tab from the sub-menu of your profile. Select the story to be deleted and press the “Delete” button below the preview.


Where do I find all my stories?
Your stories are published in the order they are added to the “Stories” section which can be reached from the sub-menu of your profile.


Is writing stories like writing your own Blog?
Yes. Stories are articles giving further information about a particular topic. However, their strength lies in the possibility of using the Archilovers network to create links amongst projects, designers, products and topics. Each story thus becomes a real dossier, a hypertext, a combination of content providing rich and detailed information about a particular topic.


Why is it worth writing stories?
Social networks are fuelled by user content.
Archilovers, was created with the idea and the desire to share the “love” and the passion for architecture and for everything surrounding it. This is why producing content which provides further information, reflection and criticism becomes essential to fuel knowledge and curiosity. The designer or the publisher of the project quoted in your story will be notified and it will appear on his or her wall. The tools for liking, which are also available for the stories can become an excellent means of helping to disseminate your articles and your name in the community. Furthermore, the viral mechanisms typical of social networks, mean that unusual, interesting and quality content spreads like wildfire and on a large scale.


Can I quote projects and designers that I don't follow in the stories?
Of course. Archilovers content is free and accessible to all.


Are the designers quoted informed?
Yes. When a reference is added, the designer or publisher of the project is notified.


If someone quotes me in a story, can I choose to not be mentioned?
No. Archilovers content is free and accessible to all.


If someone adds me or my projects into a story with offensive, damaging or inappropriate content, how can I report it?
You can try to send the author of the story a message, asking them to remove the reference which you consider inappropriate. In the event of serious violations or abuse, send an email to a support@archilovers.com


Can I 'Love' a story?
Yes, the love mechanisms are also available for the stories.


If I 'Love' a story, do I also follow its writer?
No. You will only receive story update notifications on your wall.