August 15, 2008
  Kahn’s Phillips Exeter Library Continues the Conversation on the “Shape of America” Web Site
Louis Kahn’s iconic Phillips Exeter Library in Exeter, N.H., is the latest addition to the AIA’s Shape of America project—a series of Web-based short films showcasing a selection of the 150 structures chosen by the public as America’s Favorite Architecture. Designed to expand public dialogue about architecture and how it affects our lives, the site features AIA architects sharing insight and personal anecdotes about architectural masterworks, in turn encouraging public discussion of the buildings using interactive features such as how to vote for the next buildings to be highlighted, architectural blogs, a system to rate the films, and an RSS feature alerting viewers when the site is updated with new material. Exeter Library joins the Empire State Building, Houston’s Pennzoil Place, Fenway Park, and the Hearst Castle—with new arrivals anticipated every two weeks. Visit to see these videos for yourself. And after viewing, please consider continuing the conversation by forwarding to your friends, colleagues, and your clients—or start blogging! (Photo © Neil Stroup.)

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