The Nonument Database is an online archive of the ongoing multidisciplinary research of twentieth-century built spaces. Rather than a glorified collection of obscurities and architectural styles, this database hopes to become a device for better understanding the impact of governmental changes to the uses of public space, the way we comprehend space and architecture, and the role the politics of space play in the creation of dominant narratives.
Our research methodology is multi-faceted: apart from classical methods, such as browsing archives, consulting written documents and on-site analysis, our researchers conduct interviews with members of the community to better understand their relationship to the Nonument in question. Each Nonument also has an oral histories archive, a collection of personal anecdotes, stories and memories, which traces the history (and present state) of twentieth-century architecture, public spaces and monuments and oftentimes testify about their inherent tensions.
Nonuments in the database are arranged by country, decade and type.