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Google Earth gets new 3D layers

Want to find out more about architecture in the United States? Google Maps has new 3D layers that show just that.

Google Earth has been updated with two new layers this morning. They come courtesy of the The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and are pretty neat. The first is America's Favorite Architecture, a listing of 150 monuments and buildings picked by the public as the most notable. The second is Blueprint for America, a project that aims to make over city skylines and everyday structures like bus stops. You can see some of the proposed projects (in 3D) as well as brief descriptions that will be updated as projects progress.

Google and the AIA have put together a short video to announce the new layers, which I've embedded below.