The American Institute of Architects has launched a video project documenting important American buildings. This is more or less one of the things I wanted to do here at TimberPalace. Despite the AIA beating me to the punch I am still working on bringing similar videos to the site.
The AIA project is essentially a collection of slideshows with a panel of AIA members narrating. The video work is ok, I got a decent sense of the physical spaces on the clips I watched but the narrator panelists are phoning it in…. literally, they sound like they are on the phone. I am sure they are busy people but couldn’t AIA at least have sent them a voice recorder or something?
Also, it is difficult to navigate the site. At first I was under the impression that there was only one video. It took perseverance to find the others. That said, it is a worthy project and hopefully it spreads some knowledge and sparks some curiosity about all the great architecture we have in the country. You should check it out:
In the coming weeks I will hopefully have a few architectual videos of my own. I promise not to phone it in.