Video Demo of New American Architecture 3D Layer for Google Earth

The new 3D layer announced yesterday by the American Institute of Architects and Google is great stuff. The layer was created in celebration of the AIA’s 150th anniversary. You can find the new layer under the Featured Content layer in GE. Once turned on you will see little red “A” placemarks which show the location of the 150 most popular architectural structures in America. To give you an idea of the quality of these models I’ve created a short 5 minute video showing just a sample of the 3D models from within Google Earth. Check it out here:

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Nice presentation. Thanks for taking the time to put that together for those of us that haven’t been able to explore the collection much yet, and/or who don’t have Space Navigators.
    It’s a pity that YouTube’s video compression really cancels out a lot of the impressiveness of the models though. Everything ends up looking grainy and blurry once on YouTube. I wonder if any of the other free video sharing sites would yield a better quality end result, either through less compression or by allowing you to upload a larger/crisper source file?

  2. Great videos! I hope you don’t mind that I syndicated your Denver exploration.

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