an open atlas
curated by the world
and stored on-chain

Places is an experiment to establish geographic locations as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. The project aims to curate an ever-growing collection of specific places, submitted and verified by our community, for the purpose of providing free (cc0) queryable place data stored fully on-chain.

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the second drop


Our second Places drop celebrates the city of Oakland with 500 unique locations found in the vibrant neighborhoods and communities of the East Bay. This drop includes places like Temescal Alley, Oakland Arena, Hasta Muerte Coffee in Fruitvale, and Guerilla Cafe in Berkeley. You won't know which Place you're getting until you mint.

Remember, Places is still an experiment. Contract is not audited. You DO NOT have to be in or from the drop area to mint. Mint at your own risk. And have fun. If it's not fun, don't do it.


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What in the world?!

Each Place represents a named geographic location with associated metadata. The metadata includes neighborhood, street address, locality, a 3D geographic coordinate with altitude, and categorical attributes such as Pizza, Live Music, or Historical Landmark. All attributes are stored on-chain where they can be referenced and remixed by creators.

Sample Place Token: Parachute Jump
Sample Place Token: La Superior

Why on-chain?

Most of the world’s mapping and place data is controlled by large corporations. It is costly to license and is often laden with restrictions.

Places provides an open and decentralized record of a given place and empowers creators to make art, games, maps, tools, systems, and visualizations.

Places and their attributes are stored directly on the Ethereum blockchain and do not point to IPFS or other networks.

The Drops

Places is released in focused drops inspired by specific neighborhoods, communities, or themes. By seeding each drop around a specific locale or community, Places is able to provide an interesting mix of representative locations in a geographically dense arrangement. This provides a unique and compelling canvas for artists and developers.

The first Places drop was Brooklyn. Of course, you can imagine locales such as Austin, Paris, Miami, Los Angeles, Manhattan, London, Sydney, Tokyo, and more are on the Places radar. The ends of the earth are literally the limit.

Minting Places

In addition to gas, there is a nominal fee to mint a place (more on that below 👇). Mint fees are set from drop to drop. Upon each successful mint the next available Places ERC-721 token will be transferred to the minter. Only one place may be minted at a time, and you never know what place you’ll receive. Certain drops may also limit the total number of Places a wallet address is able to mint. The Places contract is NOT audited so mint at your own risk.

Check out the latest drop above ☝️ to mint a Place of your own!

Places Contract: 0xC9CA129DC3a299aF68A215d85771630aec4C3C2b

Places DAO, Proceeds, + Placehodlers

Storing geographic information on-chain will require a meaningful investment of resources over time.

To that end, the Places DAO treasury receives 75% of ETH proceeds from each drop. The treasury will be used to fund contract fees for future drops. In this way a virtuous cycle can fuel expansion of Places to new neighborhoods and cities. Places DAO also aims to fund projects that benefit the Places ecosystem as a whole.

The remaining 25% ETH is transferred via contract to a unique Neighborhood treasury (defined per each drop) where it will be disbursed to one or more local projects at the decision of Places DAO. Here's how neighborhood grants will work.

Each Place token is an irrevocable member of Places DAO. As the project grows and membership diversifies, DAO members (Placehodlers?) will become the primary governing body of the Places project.

Some ideas Places DAO is interested in funding…

  • An open API making the Place data easily accessible
  • A tool or marketplace for trading Places, especially as the project grows to many neighborhoods and communities
  • PFP + Places remixes
  • Systems that provide verifiable proof-of-location, proof-of-sale, or proof-of-attendance at Places
  • Systems for routing and waypoint navigation
  • Augmented reality experiences at Places
  • List-building dapp for guides and tours
  • Derivative place tokens that can be minted and claimed by verified IRL place owners
  • Generative geographic visualizations

“Grounders” + Rewards

The “Grounders”* are the team at Gowalla, a gaming company exploring the space where our digital and physical worlds meet. Grounders believe in the power of communities working together and are responsible for creating and seeding the Places project. Gowalla’s own products plan to build on top of Places as a data source where applicable.

Because 100% of the ETH proceeds from Places are divided between the Places DAO and neighborhood treasuries, Gowalla has chosen to receive Place tokens as compensation. Every 20th Place (beginning with a random ID for each drop) will be automatically minted and sent to the Grounders multisig.

* = tip o’ the hat to Nouns project for the naming inspiration.

Can I build with Places?

Unequivocally, yes! Places are public domain (cc0) and you’re invited to use them however you want.

Here is a running list of ideas gathered by our community.

This website and a handful of other project resources are open source.