Wednesday, February 07, 2007

They got no taste
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, the American Institute of Architects commissioned a poll to discover which buildings Americans love the most. The Empire State Building topped the list, followed by the White House, Washington National Cathedral, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, Golden Gate Bridge, Lincoln Memorial, U.S. Capitol, Biltmore Estates/Vanderbilt Residence, Chrysler Building and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. At #22: Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The survey "reinforces one's sense that the general public's knowledge of architecture is still limited to things that are big and have columns or have a lot of colored lights," said Mark Robbins, Syracuse University architecture dean. You can read more about the survey at PRNewswire, Wall Street Journal or the AIA website. By the way, the IDS Center came in at #107, the Walker Art Center ranked #117 and the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota finished at #129 on the list.

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