AIA150

As part of their 150th anniversary, the American Institute of Architects has done a poll of America’s Favorite Architecture. Well, America’s favorites of architects’ favorites. The methodology [Word doc] of this poll was seriously crazy. And it seems to have ended up mainly as a list of “buildings Americans recognize”. In Chicago, the highest ranked structure on the list is Wrigley Field at #31. And not that I’m keeping count, since I think the whole thing’s wack, but Chicago has 16 on the list of 150:

31. Wrigley Field
38. Tribune Tower
42. Sears Tower
52. Field Museum of Natural History
62. 333 Wacker Drive
73. Lake Point Tower
82. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower
83. Glessner House
85. Harold Washington Library Center
88. Art Institute of Chicago
102. United Airlines Terminal, O’Hare
110. Union Station
128. Rookery Building
138. Robie House
145. Carson Pirie Scott
147. Auditorium Building

Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin took a hard look at the list as well:

The poll, released Wednesday by the American Institute of Architects and Harris Interactive, is studded with surprises sure to make architects and architecture critics cringe. The Bellagio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (No. 22) beats Frank Lloyd Wright’s breathtaking Fallingwater house in southwestern Pennsylvania (No. 29). Ouch! The twin towers of the World Trade Center, gone for more than five years, are No. 19. Huh? I thought this was a survey of favorite existing buildings, not favorite destroyed buildings. [Chicago Tribune]

(via MeFi and A Daily Dose of Architecture)

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