Last year, Archinect editor Marlin Watson, a self-described “disillusioned architect,” embarked on a cross-country road trip with a video camera to find out what we talk about when we talk about architecture in America. In December, he finally started posting his discoveries as the new feature Archinect Travels. Part travelogue, part documentary, Watson’s incredibly personal narration and nice camera work make good companions for this journey, which he explains like this:
This is an architectural sabbatical, beginning and ending in Los Angeles and traveling as far east as Chicago. We’ll make the land a large museum and each building site will become objects for study and scrutiny.
The first tour of duty takes us through the American Southwest, from the modernist epicenter of Los Angeles to the magical money-spewing castles of Laughlin, Nevada; from Taliesin West to the cliffside dwellings outside Sedona.
Download the episodes for your iPod/iPhone and stay tuned for future episodes, including a tour of Minneapolis with Ralph Nelson and Dan Clark of LOOM, the Nelson-Atkins museum in KC, Lake Shore Drive in Chicago, the Morphosis courthouse in Oregon, and hitchhiking on a golf cart with America’s most famous architect. Hmmm, now who could that be?