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Apple Store Cube Is More Popular Landmark Than Statue of Liberty: Cornell Report

A Cornell study says the Cube came in at number 28 worldwide, and number 5 in New York City.

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What's the 28th most photographed built landmark in the world? According to Cornell, it's the Apple Store Cube. Cornell students fed 35 million Flickr images into a university supercomputer to determine the most photographed landmarks. The Fifth Avenue Apple Store is the fifth most popular in New York—beating out the Statue of Liberty!—and number 28 worldwide. The top landmarks on earth? You probably guessed right: Eiffel Tower, Trafalgar Square, Tate Modern, Big Ben, Notre Dame, London Eye, Empire State Building. New York was the most photographed place, with the Empire State Building, Times Square, and Rockefeller Center taking the top spots. (Download a PDF of the paper here.) The paper also includes some cool data visualization maps of photographic "heat," like these of New York and San Francisco.

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Peter Bohlin, of Philly-based Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, designed the Cube, which, in a bit of an upset, helped him beat Fast Company favorite Thom Mayne and Adrian Smith, who designed the Burj Khalifa while at SOM, to win the AIA's Gold Medal this year. Designing the Cube was apparently no problem for Bohlin, even though he supposedly doesn't know how to email. During a chat with Steve Jobs, he sketched out the design with his favorite Itoya pencils (sacrilege! his father ran Faber). His partner, Bernard Cywinski, calls the Cube a "ceremony of descent," but as far as the average shutterbug tourist is concerned, it just looks cool.

[Via Gothamist, Brainstorm Tech]

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  • Rosa Sheng

    Interesting article. Clarification - Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has 5 offices. Philadelphia, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Seattle and San Francisco.

  • William Bostwick

    @Frank: agreed, especially considering the #7 landmark in San Francisco is "sanfrancisco."

  • Frank LaRocca

    how is the golden gate bridge not on the list for san francisco? I'm not sure how accurate this algorithm is...

  • Daniel Moskal

    Great research and interesting PDF paper. I'm not so surprised with the Apple Store Cube at number 28 worldwide. What's more, I consider it a symbol of our times. Yes, there are more companies that also have a huge influence on our daily routines but the cube is the one that is now being part of the culture.

    Daniel | Let's Draw Attention!