America's Favorite Architecture
    according to the people, according to a poll by the American Institute of Architects.

    It shocks like a barrel of cold water on the head.



    The people's favorite - #22 Bellagio Hotel and Casino (1998)
    Las Vegas, NV; Deruyter Butler; Atlandia Design

    Surprising perhaps post 9-11, many tall buildings are people's favorites, mainly those with a high "wow" factor,

    42. Sears Tower (1974)
    Chicago, IL; Bruce Graham, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill


    And of course, many "feel good" places were named, such as

    # 31. Wrigley Field Baseball Stadium (1914)
    Chicago, IL; Zachary Taylor Davis


    And "feel safe" and united


    # 4. Thomas Jefferson Memorial (1943) - Washington, D.C., John Russell Pope

    An airport made it!

    # 57. Denver International Airport (1995)
    Denver, CO; Fentress Bradburn Architects


    That's kind of amazing, airports can be such horrible places these days.

    And many old and new
    religious buildings.

    # 65. Crystal Cathedral (1980) - Garden Grove, Calif., Philip Johnson, Johnson/Burgee


    And a lot of great stuff, by Louis Kahn, H.H. Richardson, eight buildings by Frank Lloyd Wright, including Fallingwater, make the grade, and, no - surprise, nothing, (not "almost nothing" as he wished to design, but nothing) by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

    So even though architecture in some ways has become so hip in recent years, at least as far as sexy forms are concerned, we still have a way to go to reach America the Beautiful.

    You can see and comment on the entire AIA "People's list" here.


    America’s Favorite Architecture is the result of an AIA and Harris Interactive poll of 1,800 Americans naming their 150 favorite structures across the nation based on nominations from AIA member architects. ... In the months ahead, we will continue to engage the public in a discussion of the built environment as part of a year-long celebration of The American Institute of Architects 150th anniversary, including 156 Blueprint for America community-service projects at the local level.

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