Take a Vote: The Building That Most Shaped U.S. Culture
The long-awaited PBS documentary on "10 Buildings That Changed America" is set to premiere on May 12. In advance, Dante Ciampaglia provides a brief overview of the program, and asks readers to vote on which building deserves to be recognized as having the most significant impact on "the way we live, work, and play."
The documentary allots only 6 minutes to each structure, including the Seagram Building, Robie House, Trinity Church, Dulles International Airport, Vanna Venturi's residence, Virginia State Capitol, Wainwright Building, Highland Park Ford Plant, Southdale Center and Disney Concert Hall.
Covering the time period from 1788 to 2003, it includes archival images, facts and interviews with architects and "provokes a critical assessment" of both these buildings and their legacy in the U.S.
As expected, the list has incited critical complaint. If it was up to the editors at Architizer, PBS would focus on the "more architecturally inclined" and "unabashedly modern" selection of "America’s top 10 structures" they've proffered.