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10 Buildings that Changed America


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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Public Broadcasting Service
  • Release Date: May 14 2013
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,068 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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10 Buildings That Changed America tells the stories of ten influential works of architecture, the people who imagined them, and the way these landmarks ushered in innovative cultural shifts throughout our society. These 10 Buildings represent architects who dared to strike out on their own and design radical new types of buildings that permanently altered our environmental and cultural landscape.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining PBS show on iconic buildings that made a difference May 1 2013
By Steven I. Ramm - Published on Amazon.com
This 2013 production from Chicago's Public Television station WTTW may have played on TV but somehow I missed it. It's about architecture - and those interested the subject will want to see it - but it's not tekkie or boring, thanks to the host. Every day we go by buildings that are really descendants of new designs that took place during the 20th Century - or even earlier. In about 55 minutes the show covers 11 buildings around the country from the Virginia State Capitol (from which many other state capitol buildings derive) to Henry Ford's Highland Park, MI automobile plant (the first industrial plant building to have large windows) to - what I found most fascinating - the first enclosed shopping mall (Southdale Center in Edina, MN). There are buildings by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright as well as Frank Gehry and my "homeboy" Robert Venturi. It's fascinating.

The DVD version adds another 33 minutes of videos touching on each of the 11 buildings on the broadcast version.)

You'll look at modern buildings a lot different after watching this show. I know I've started to do that already.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fascinating Jan. 3 2014
By Jonathan L - Published on Amazon.com
While not the most in-depth, or the best documentary, I found it was delightfully worth watching. I felt that the buildings they picked were very intelligently done, and they had very concise and helpful narrative.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and well done. March 10 2014
By Richard S. - Published on Amazon.com
Helpful introduction to the topic. Well-suited to those who want to know a little something about American architecture. Good visuals.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting look at some important buildings Feb. 20 2014
By Kevin Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
OK, I'm sure everyone has their opinion on what is and what isn't an important building, but this historical take on the history of buildings in the US is pretty good. It is a little old, so you can have a chuckle at the 80's hair, but the background on why we have skyscrapers is worth watching on that premise alone. I believe it's a UK production, so they are a little rough in their interview process, but that also means that they dig deeper than a traditional 'fluff' piece.

Turn off the reality TV sludge and watch this instead. You might learn something.
4.0 out of 5 stars informative and entertaining July 7 2014
By Michael Hernandez - Published on Amazon.com
While you can argue with the selection a bit (Kimball Museum?), this was a concise, accessible, and we'll done introduction to American architecture. I found it entertaining and engaging, while conveying a lot of information. I think both the novice and professional will enjoy it.

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