10 Buildings That Changed America Series and Curriculum

Posted by Ashley Strong on

A PBS documentary and multiplatform initiative, 10 Buildings That Changed America explores ten influential American buildings that changed the way we live, work, and play.


The PBS television special, 10 Buildings that Changed America, can be used as an interdisciplinary teaching tool for grades 6-12. Students can explore the history of a place and shape its future through their own designs, test structural design ideas and create scale drawings of your architectural ideas with lesson plans designed support academic standards in the core subjects of English Language Arts, Social Studies, Art, Mathematics, and Science.


PBS SoCaL was involved with the 10 Buildings That Changed America initiative on-air, online, and on the ground engaging the community. In May, PBS SoCaL hosted a sneak peak of 10 Buildings That Changed America at the Richard J. Riordan Central Library.  We were fortunate enough to be joined by Frank Gehry, renowned architect featured in the documentary and mastermind behind the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles; Dana Hutt, Architectural Historian; and Michael Webb, Architectural Writer; for a lively panel discussion following the screening. In addition, Dan Protess, Producer and Writer for 10 Buildings That Changed America, introduced the documentary, and Geoffrey Baer, Host and Supervising Producer of the documentary, moderated the panel discussion.


Check out our web-exclusive video highlighting the night in the PBS SoCaL Extras.

To learn more about 10 Buildings That Changed America, visit the official website.

 Also, check out more photos from this event here.

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Local funding to PBS SoCaL for this outreach initiative has been provided through a grant from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and WTTW. Special thanks to the Los Angeles Public Library for their partnership on this event. National major funding for 10 Buildings that Changed America is provided by The Negaunee Foundation, ITW, Robert & Joan Clifford, and BMO Harris Bank.