Architecture and Industrial Design: General and Miscellaneous

Ancient and Early Architecture and Building

Works About Individual Architects, Planners, and Designers

UCB College of Environmental Design Lectures

Landscape Architecture

City & Regional Planning
Documentaries on specific cities
The Cinematic City (bibliography of articles/books about the city and architecture in the movies
Environment and Natural Resources
Popular Culture (for world's fairs and amusement parks)
City Symphonies (experimental documentary films, 1920--)

Architecture and Industrial Design: General and Miscellaneous

Accessibility.
An overview of how to produce a barrier-free building design which provides access to disabled individuals. Contains a tour of a typical building from the perspective a wheelchair user, details about ramps, an explanation of common myths about accessible design and information on the Americans With Disabilities Act. 1992. 30 min. Video/C 3735

Accent on Architecture, 1955.
Segments showing the buildings which received the 1995 gold medal (Cesar Pelli) and 25-year (Ford Foundation) awards presented by the American Institute ofArchitects. Each segment is accompanied by the comments of the architect, designer, or owners. 31 min. Video/C 4088.

Affordable Family Housing: A Bay Area Tour
Showcases seven Bay Area affordable housing developments, featuring contemporary, suburban, and multi-family affordable housing. San Francisco, CA : Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, 1997. 10 min. Video/C MM1300
Affordable Housing: Restoring The Dream: An Introduction To Cost Savings Inland Development.
Illustrates how zoning processes and ordinances can be used to reduce land costs and lower housing costs. 1989. 16 min. Video/C 2622

After September 11th: Reimagining Manhattan's Downtown
Architects talk about how they felt after the attack on September 11th, 2001, present their ideas of what to build on the site, and explain how they would build a memorial to the victims. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 2002. 58 min. Video/C 9636

An Age Of Reason: An Age Of Passion.
Covers the move from the rococo period to neoclassicism and romanticism. Relates stylistic changes to the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Covers the work of David, Gericault, Turner, Delacroix, and Goya. Part of the Art of the Western world series. c1989. 60 min. Video/C 1680

Air, Light, and Utopia
Examines the Modern Movement in architecture, from its emergence after World War I until World War II. Combines interviews with leading architects, historians, and conservationists with location footage from all over Europe. The first half explores the movement's origins and ideology, spotlighting the Bauhaus in Germany, Le Corbusier in France, the Functionalists in Holland, and the Constructivists in Russia. The second half traces the movement's growth and spread, emphasizing the influence of the social climate and political environment of the interwar years upon building design. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1994. 53 min. Video/C 7212

Amazing: The Rebuilding of the MacArthur Maze
Documents the rebuilding of a key connector in MacArthur Maze Freeway near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from the perspectives of all the main players. Includes a wide variety of news and archival footage of the entire 26-day process beginning with the fire that melted and collapsed the structure and an animated depiction of the gasoline tanker truck which overturned and created the fireball. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2007. DVD X753

America Betrayed
America's infrastructure was once our proudest achievement. Now its a most dangerous embarrassment. Bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk. Features interviews with journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides. Exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us. Directed and produced by Leslie Cardé. 2008. 94 min. DVD X5694

America By Design.
Contents: 1. The House -- 2. The Workplace -- 3. The Street -- 4. Public Places and Monuments -- 5. The Shape of the Land. Kaleidoscopic tour of America's built environment, from the earliest settlements to the latest manifestations of megalopolis.1984. 60 min. each. DVD 8933 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1039

America's Fantastic Architecture
Looks at some of the more unusual places which Americans have designed as habitations, and the kinds of people who design them and live in them: a 3 million dollar concrete tent, an underwater house in San Francisco Bay, houses that resemble giant mushrooms, space ships or Noah's ark. From the freakish and outlandish to the truly innovative, here are the weird and wonderful creations of America's most unorthodox architects. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1990. 44 min. Video/C 8093

The American House: A Guide to Architectural Styles.
Teaches viewers how to identify the most common styles of American houses, emphasizing the richness of architectural variety in residential design. Contents: Tudor -- Neo-Classic (Greek revival) -- Queen Anne -- Bungalow (Craftsman) -- Ranch/Split level -- Prairie School (Frank Lloyd Wright) -- Colonial Revival (Dutch, Spanish, New England, Georgian) -- Neo-Eclectic Contemporary (Internatinal School, Post modern). With 19-page guide. c1992.23 min. Video/C 6128

American Institute of Architects. National Convention (2003 : San Diego, Calif.): Design Matters: poetry plus Proof.
Moderator: Thompson E. Penney. Panel: Robert Ivy, Daniel Libeskind, Stanton Eckstut, Paul Goldberger, Frances Halsband. Cassette 1. AIA upcoming events (10 min.) -- Introduction to day 3 of conference and presentation of presidential medals (7 min.) -- Presentation on the American Architectural Foundation (12 min.) -- Presentation on 2004 AIA convention (15 min.) -- Introduction of featured speaker Daniel Libeskind / Thompson E. Penney, Robert Ivy (8 min.) -- Proposals for Lower Manhattan / Daniel Libeskind (31 min.) -- Panel discussion (39 min.) -- Cassette 2. Conclusion of panel discussion (29 min.).

Presents coverage of the final day of the 2003 AIA convention, with featured speaker Daniel Libeskind, who's firm was recently selected to design the rebuilding of the World Trade Center. His presentation includes the design concept for the skyscraper with slides and architectural renderings of the final design. Followed by a panel discussion of notable architects who address issues around the winning design and its integration into the memorial for the victims of the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attack. 151 min. Video/C 9696

Ancient Egypt.
Shows examples of ancient Egyptian art and architecture while briefly outlining Egypt's history. Traces the development of Egyptology and includes interviews with Egyptologists and archaeologists currently working in Egypt. 1971. 52 min. Video/C 5

The APS Environmental Showcase Home.
Professor John Meunier of the College of Architecturaland Environmental Design, Arizona State University, takes the viewer on a tour of an environmental showcase home being build in Phoenix, Arizona and explains its unique design through interviews with its architects and builders. 1994. 48 min. Video/C 4089

Arab Organisations Headquarters Building Kuwait
An architectural tour of the Arab Organisations headquarters building in Kuwait in which the designers sought to create a modern working environment while reflecting the culture it represents. 199? 28 min. Video/C 7414

The Arch: The Triumph of Mathematics and Architecture
Combining insights from experts such as Oxford University's Jacques Heyman with computer modeling and location and laboratory footage, this program addresses the mechanics of the arch. Chartres and Ely Cathedrals serve as subjects for a discussion of vector equilibrium, lines of thrust, planes of action, buttresses, flying buttresses, and pinnacles. The dome of St. Peter's Basilica and the Beauvais Cathedral are also examined. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 30 min. DVD X3160

Architectural Wonders
A ranked selection of ten architectural wonders in the world today. Includes the criteria used to select the architectural wonders and then describes each selection. The film begins with the tenth ranked structure and counts back to the top ranked number one. Contents: #10 Fallingwater (Pa.) -- #9 Machu Picchu -- #8 Empire State Building -- #7 Acropolis of Athens -- #6 Roman Coliseum -- #5 Brooklyn Bridge -- #4 Eiffel Tower -- #3 Taj Mahal -- #2 Great Wall of China -- #1 Pyramids of Giza. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 9877

Architecture of Mud
Describes the uses of mud bricks as building materials as utilized in the Hadhramaut region of southeast Yemen. Through interviews with masons as they describe their working techniques, the film examines the various stages of mud construction, its advantages over cement, and the value of lime waterproofing. 2000. 53 min. Video/C MM28

Architecture, the Evolving Skyline
Documents the history of American cultural and artistic influences on building and architecture. 1978. 29 min. Video/C MM627

Architectures 1
Contents: The Bauhaus / Frederic Compain -- The faculty of architecture in Oporto / Richard Copans and Stan Neumann -- Family lodging in Guise / Catherine Adda -- Nemausus 1 / Richard Copans and Stan Neumann -- The Georges Pompidou Center / Richard Copans -- The Post Office Savings Bank in Vienna / Stan Neumann.

A privileged look inside the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations. Examines their architecture from a historical and social perspective to reveal its meaning and impact on humanity. Includes the work of Walter Gropius, Alvaro Siza, Andre Godin, Jean Nouvel, Richard Rogers, Renzo Piano and Otto Wagner. 2001. 163 min. DVD 2031

Architectures 2
Contents: The Villa Dall'Ava / Richard Copans -- The Johnson Wax Building / Frederic Compain -- The Galleria Umberto I / Stan Neumann -- Satolas TGV / Catherine Adda -- The Stone Thermal Baths / Richard Copans -- The Paris Fine Art School / Catherine Adda.

Six films from a series devoted to the most ambitious superstar architects and their most brilliant creations. These films examine the contributions of Rem Koolhaas, Frank LLoyd Wright, Santiago Calatrava, Peter Zumthor, Felix Duban along with a look at the innovations of the Galleria Umberto I in Naples and the Vals-les-Bains in Switzerland. 2001. Each segment is approximately 26 minutes in length. DVD 2032

Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

Architectures 4 (Architekturen 4)
La Saline d'Arc et Senans = Royal Saltworks of Arc-et-Senans / un film de Richard Copans et Stan Neumann -- La Maison de Verre / un film de Richard Copans et Stan Neumann -- Le Musee Guggenheim de Bilbao = The Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao / un film de Julien Donada -- La Maison de Jean Prouve = Jean Prouve's House / un film de Stan Neumann -- La Mediatheque de Sendai = Multimedia Library of Sendai / un film de Richard Copans -- L'Abbatiale Sainte Foy de Conques = The Abbey Church of Sainte Foy at Conques / un film de Stan Neumann. Provides an inside look at the work of celebrated architects and some of their most brilliant creations. Examines the saltworks of Arc-and-Senans built by Claude-Nicolas Ledoux in the late 18th century and the influence of this monumental factory on other architects. Looks at the Maison de Verre or the house of glass, designed by Pierre Chareau and completed in 1932, as an example of playful avant-garde architecture that was built around the top floor of an existing Paris building that the tenant refused to vacate. Discusses how the deconstructivist Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry and opened to the public in 1997, was incorporated into its environment in a dying industrial city. Describes how the self-educated engineer and architect Jean Prouve, known for his metal furniture, built a house for his own family in 1954 after the failure of his attempts to sell prefabricated, steel and aluminum houses to the French public. Examines the transparent cube of a multimedia library built in 2001 in northern Japan by architect Toyo Ito and its use of open and barrier-free space. Looks at the construction of the historic Abbey Church of Saint Foy as a prototype of a "pilgrim church" in the new style of the 11th century, now known as Romanesque. Originally broadcast as episodes of the French television program Architectures by Arte France in 2004. 26 min. each episode. DVD 6414

Architectures 5 (Architekturen 4)
A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects and some of their most brilliant creations. The Alhambra-Grenada -- The house of Sugimoto -- The Reception and Congress building in Rome / [architect, Adalberto Libera] -- The Yoyogi Olympic Gymnasiums / [Architect, Kenzo Tange] -- The Villa Barbaro (villa di Maser) / [architect, Andrea Palladio]-- Phaeno, building as landscape / [architect, Zaha Hadid]. Originally produced between 2005-2007 for European public television by Arte France. 160 min. DVD 9322

Architecture and The City: Friends Or Foes?
A symposium presenting the views of twelve professionals involved in architecture and city planning. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 2374

Architecture: From Earth to Sky.
Architecture is examined in relation to its usefulness, construction and aesthetic pleasure over the centuries. Originally presented in 1978 as part of the television series Humanities Through the Arts. With Maya Angelou. 29 min. Video/C 6288

Architecture of Doom.
Building upon the Nazi cult of the extreme aesthetic which aspired to return beauty to the world, film examines Hitler's eccentric cultural ambitions for the Third Reich, and the profound influence his obsession -- and personal failures -- with art played in the development of the Nazi Party. Film examines Hitler's propaganda which created a social climate which made brutality and murder an acceptable means to beautify the world. 1989. 119 min. DVD 453; also on VHS Video/C 3501

Architectures de Nancy: Les Temps d'une Ville.
Architects and city planners discuss the architectural development of Nancy, France from the Middle Ages to the year 2,000. 1994. 26 min Video/C 4701

Architectures de Nancy: Les Temps d'une Ecole
On the occasion of the opening of the new Ecole d'architecture de Nancy designed by Livio Vacchini, the faculty and students of the college discuss their attitudes towards the design and planning of school and college facilities. 1994. 52 min Video/C 4702

Arkitektura: A Video Documentary on Philippine Architecture.
Traces the history and culture of the Philippines through its architecture. Shows the influence of the indigenous, ethnic and religious heritage on the residential, commercial, and religious buildings of the Philippines. c1989. 23 min. Video/C 8062

Arkitektura: A Video Documentary on the American Colonial and Contemporary Traditions in Philippine Architecture
This documentary describes the public buildings and private structures built in the Philippines in the first half of the 20th century which served American colonial policies. It then moves on to present structures designed by Filipino architects after WWII who became concerned with the development of buildings that are congruent with Filipino history and culture, climatic and cultural conditions and ends with a discussion of the characteristics of Accompanied by text: Arkitektura: an essay on the American colonial and contemporary traditions in Philippine architecture by Rodrigo D. Perez III. c1994. 30 min. Video/C 8754

Art Deco
Presents the history of the Art Deco style in fine arts, architecture and the decorative arts. Art Deco found its fullest expression in America, where it was applied to everything from skyscrapers to diners. The film includes footage of many art deco buildings in America, archival footage showing other examples of art deco work and objects, the role of WPA artists and commentary from art historians. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 29 min. DVD 1984

As Frozen Music.
Reveals the realities of the Sydney Opera House designed by Jorn Utzon. 1987. 55 min. Video/C 2144

At Home with Mother Earth
A documentary that looks at the ancient tradition of building with earth and mud within a global context and analyzes the prejudices that marginalize its use today. The travails of early pioneers are chronicled along with current innovative approaches of present-day earth builders like Hassan Fathy (Egypt), Nader Khalili (Iran), David Easton (California) and the CRAterre group (France). Presents the pros and cons of "earth architecture," and insights into the problems it poses to architects, builders and building code officials in both the developed and developing worlds. c1994. 40 min. Video/C 8635

Atheneum: Analysis Of A Form.
Describes Richard Meier's Atheneum in New Harmony, Indiana. The program uses an analysis technique developed by Geoffrey Baker. The treatment for the material is a combination of on-site video and computer generated 3D animated graphics. An instrument was developed to evaluate the video and its 3D graphics, and based on analysis of the test data several conclusions are drawn. 1988?.30 min. Video/C 3685

The Awakened Eye.
Presentation of a workshop which teaches an approach to design based on the methods of Joseph Albers which develops in the student a new way of seeing vital to design, art, architecture and media production. The instructor, Ati Gropius, is the daughter of Bauhaus founder, Walter Gropius. 1991. 59 min. Video/C 2513

Babel 2015, The Revolution in Architecture.
Introduces the concepts of bionic architecture and bioclimatic architecture and explores the applications of these concepts in the attempt to design vertical, self-contained cities. Describes the planning and design of the Bionic Tower in Shanghai, projected to be completed in 2015 and which is intended house 100, 000 people. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2001. 30 min. Video/C 9530

Bauhaus In America.
A documentary film which begins with three Americans who were students at the Bauhaus recalling the day the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in Berlin. When Bauhaus designers emigrated to America they began to transform the style of American homes, office buildings, interiors, advertising and design. Along with other architectural images film examines Philip Johnson's glass house, the retreat Mies van der Rohe built outside Chicago and Walter Gropius's own home near Boston. Film closes with young architects creating a plan for 21st century Berlin, pointing to a renaissance of Bauhaus ideas. Includes interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. 1994. 87 min. Video/C 4699

Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century
Looks at the development of the Bauhaus in the context of the political unrest and economic chaos of the Weimar Republic in Germany presenting the key figures involved in it, including founder Walter Gropius. Features commentary by numerous experts and rare archival footage of the Bauhaus at Dessau. Looks at the architecture of Chicago, much influenced by Mies van der Rohe, who emigrated there after the Bauhaus was shut by the Nazis in 1933. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1994. 50 min. Video/C 8402

Beautiful Simplicity: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Southern California
At the turn of the 20th century, Southern California was fertile ground for the Arts & Crafts Movement, which called for simple living, closeness to nature, the unification of art and craft, and regionally appropriate forms of architecture. Architects: Charles and Henry Greene, Irving Gill, Arthur Benton, Sumner Hunt, Frederick Roehrig, Louis B. Easton, Sylvanus Marston, Arthur and Alfred Heineman, Frank Mead, and Richard Requa. Written, produced and directed by Paul Bockhorst. c2008. 86 min. DVD X4276

Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenman. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

Bird's Nest: Herzog & de Meuron in China
The Beijing 2008 Olympic Games commenced in August, with many events taking place in the new, 100,000-seat National Stadium. But design plans for this massive structure began in 2003, when Swiss architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron were selected by the Chinese government to design the new stadium, which because of its curved steel-net walls was soon dubbed by locals as the "bird's nest." This documentary chronicles this five-year effort, as well as Herzog and de Meuron's design for a new city district in Jinhua, involving hotels, office and residential buildings. Both projects involved complex and often difficult negotiations and communications between two cultures, two architectural traditions and two political systems. Directed by Christoph Schaub, Michael Schindhelm. 2008. 88 min. DVD X146

Description from Icarus Films catalog

Block by Block: Reclaiming Neighborhoods by Design.
Illustrates the road to renewal taken by three urban communities, in Atlanta, Hartford, and Denver. Washington, D.C. : American Architectural Foundation, c2001. 57 min. Video/C MM1301

Branner Fellowship Recipients Presentations
Integrating Rio: Formal sector interventions in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro / Kristen Belt -- In search of public terrain / Jesse LeCavalier -- Razing/raising the dead: high-rise housing with modifiers / Amit Price Patel -- Public sphere as a collective form / Elva Tang -- Building identity in the Capitol Center / Jess Wendover. Lectures presented by the 2002 Branner Prize recipients from the University of California, Berkeley's College of Environmental Design. The Branner Prize is awarded annually for research and travel to outstanding qualified students studying to become architects. This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on February 19, 2003. 93 min. Video/C 9550

The Bridge So Far: A Suspense Story
Documentary on the history and status of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Follows the Bridge from its original construction through the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake up to the present day. It recounts the progress, delays, setbacks, and politics during the design and construction of a new, safe bridge to re-complete the connection across the Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. Producer, director, David L. Brown ; editors, David L. Brown, Steven Baigel. 2006. 56 min. DVD X754

The Bridge That Spanned The World.
Professor Hughes traces the history of the first cast-iron bridge that was built two hundred years ago across the river Severn in Telford, England. Points out its role as symbol of the Iron Revolution. Explains various methods for producing iron that were later developed in England and in Pennsylvania. 1979. 58 min. DVD X1396 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 203

Brooklyn Bridge.
Part 1 details the building of the Bridge, the involvement of the Roebling family in its construction and the many engineering innovations and difficulties involved. Part 2 discusses the Brooklyn Bridge as a symbol of strength, vitality, ingenuity, and promise in American culture. 1982. 60 min. Video/C 2877

Bruce Bassett's "A House for Someone Unlike Me"
Documents the architectural design studio led by Ray Lifchez at the University of California, Berkeley as consultants with disabilities work with Lifchez, co-instructor Barbara Winslow and architectural students, in the midst of a creative and reflective design process, illuminated by personal stories of the consultants. c1984. 38 min. DVD X1777 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8379

Building Connections to the Past: History of Construction and Materials
Examines the history of architectural advances in the construction of human shelters. The film considers the huts and tents used by nomadic hunters and traces the development of more permanent structures and discusses the influence on architecture of the availability and uses of materials. 1998. 15 min. Video/C 9801

Building the Gherkin
A documentary that covers the four-and-a-half year development period of the Swiss Re headquarters building in London, England. Documenting everything from the initial blueprint design to the give-and-take between client and architect to the furnishing of the workspace, the film provides an essential, rarely presented, overview of the entire architectural process. Written and directed by Mirjam von Arx. 2006. 89 min. DVD 6369

Buses And Vans.
A tour of various "hippie" vans parked by the panhandle in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. Student architecture project recorded in 1971. Video/C 2301

Call It Home: The House That Private Enterprise Built.
A pictorial history of suburban development planned by developers, government agencies and savings and loan companies. Begins at the time of the Depression (1929-1940) and concludes with the 1960's. Includes garden cities and Levittowns and financial, real estate and building industries. Maps show racial segregation. Depicts the mutual influence of highways and urban sprawl. And ends with interior design and furnishings, particularly kitchens. Special features: 17 rare film clips from advertising, industrial and government films. Over 2,800 archival photographs, advertisments, maps, plans, and documents tracing suburban history from 1934 to 1960. Archival audio track with historical radio programs and additional film soundtracks. 24-page booklet with chapter index, full bibliography, image log with notes, and graphic study of comparative suburban morphology. 1992. 56 min. Video/D 153

The Campus: A Place Apart.
University builders have sought to separate the campus, by locating it in the country or by erecting walls of stone or of style. Universities often reflect architecturally the sources of Western civilization. Today's campus seeks to combine the dream of the past with the materials and problems of today. Performer, Robert A.M. Stern. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 892

Case Studies.
Case studies of communities and buildings which illustrate environmentally responsible designs. 1993. Building Connections Series; 4. 1993. 77 min. Video/C 3743

The Case Study House Program, 1945-1966: An Anecdotal History & Commentary.
This documentary sets out the postwar context for the Case Study House program and chronicles the influence of its initiator John Entenza and his magazine Arts & Architecture. Includes interviews with key participants in the program and commentary on ten of the houses. 1989. DVD X2386 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1650

Centre Georges Pompidou
Using computer graphics and archival photos and footage, this program reveals how Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers designed and constructed the immensely popular Georges Pompidou Center, with its whimsically industrial-looking exoskeleton and exterior escalators. Interior footage illustrates how that immense space is divided up to house, among other things, a museum, a library, a design center, and a music center. 1997. 27 min. DVD 1858

Child Care by Design.
Deals with the principles of quality design for day care centers and how design decisions influence the eventual effectiveness of child care centers. 1995. 24 min. Video/C 4434

The Church In The North.
Film explores the architecture and art of old Finnish stone and wooden churches. 199-? 16 min. Video/C 2949

The Classical Ideal.
Traces the origins of humanism and much of Western art to ancient Greece. Discusses Kouroi and Korai figures and the architecture of the Parthenon. Identifies Roman art as inherently political art that concentrated on technical sophistication and detail. Traces the decline of humanistic values in the late antique period where classical themes and forms were adapted to serve Christian purposes. Features art experts John Boardman and Richard Brilliant. Part of the Art of the Western World series. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1675

Come To The Fairs.
A survey of America's World Fairs beginning with the first one held in Chicago in 1893. Discusses how fairs have changed in recent years. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 828

Compact & Balanced Development
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. Examines four architectural sights in California as examples of successful, attractive and functional renovation and restoration projects. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

Concern For Tomorrow.
Film of a conversation between Jan Kaplicky and Amanda Levete (Future Systems) and the architectural critic, Martin Pawley, about some of their recent work. Their architecture is inspired by space spin-offs, aircraft design and high tech industries. The engineer Andrew Sedgwick (Ove Arup & Partners) also contributes information about two of the projects on which he collaborated with Future Systems. 1991. 46 min. Video/C 2788

Concert of Wills: Making the Getty Center
Filmed over the course of twelve years, this program traces the building of the Getty Center, one of the most ambitious cultural undertakings of the twentieth century. The gathering of creative personalities needed to complete this monumental complex gave rise to conflict as well as consensus. Share the moments of success and frustration with architect Richard Meier, artist Robert Irwin, Fench architect Thierry Despont and others instrumental in its design. A film by Susan Froemke, Bob Eisenhardt and Albert Maysles. c2003. 100 min. DVD 4396

Contemporary Urban
Examines the role of residential architecture in today's cities within the constraints of design, consumer demands, limited space, and building codes. Features homes in London, Halifax, Nova Scotia and Toronto. Originally broadcast on the television program: Homes by design in 1999. Dist.: Films Media Group. 23 min. DVD 2793

Cultural Heritage of Pakistan: Architecture
Presents the architecture and buildings of Pakistan and discusses the origins of Pakistani architecture. 21 min. 1999? PAL format. Video/C 9505

Deconstructivist Architects.
At the end of the 1980's a new architectural sensibility challenged the prevailing post-Modern attitude. This film documents explosive and seemingly chaotic structures from Vienna to L.A., and interviews those who pursue its aesthetic issues. Filmed on location with the architects and at the Museum of Modern Art's exhibition Deconstructivist Architecture, which was curated by Philip Johnson. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1989. 57 min. Video/C 2016

Design. 1982.
This program projects that every object in the man-made environment serves a function and carries a message. The film takes viewers behind the scenes at a fashion showing. Design introduces graphic designer Milton Glasser and product designers Morison and Michael Cousins. 30 min. Video/C 406

Design e?: The Economies of Being Environmentally Conscious.
A six part series originally broadcast in 2006 as a PBS documentary examining the economics of being environmentally conscious in green building design. The green apple: Uses New York City, particularly One Bryant Park and the Solaire, to demonstrates how the ubiquitous skyscraper can be a model of environmental responsibility. c2006. 160 min. DVD 6634

Green for All: Features architect and activist Sergio Palleroni as he works to provide design solutions to regions suffering from social and humanitarian crises. Shows projects in East Austin, Tex. and with the Yaqui Indians in Mexico where architecture students are helping residents build low-cost, environmentally-friendly homes using local materials
The Green Machine: Follows Mayor Richard M. Daley as he strives to make Chicago "the greenest city in America" with numerous LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified buildings, a solar-powered public transportation system, and many green roofs, including one on Chicago's City Hall.
Gray to Green: Takes the notion of the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle) to grand proportions by turning Boston's "Big Dig" steel and concrete waste into spectacular residential design.
China: From Red to Green? depicts a rapidly urbanizing country at its tipping point and finds a sustainable solution in Steven Holl's Beijing project, which will have the largest geothermal heating/cooling and greywater recycling system in the world upon completion.
Deeper Shades of Green: Presents three visionaries who are changing the face of architecture and environmentalism and features some of their projects. Focuses on Ken Yeang and his "bio-climatic" National Library of Singapore, Werner Sobek and R128, his energy-efficient, steel and glass box house, and William McDonough and his model sustainable village of Huangbaiyu, China. Director, Tad Fettig

Design Wars.
Five competing teams of architects and builders discuss their designs submitted for the new Chicago Public Library. Selection of the winning design is also discussed. A segment from the television program, Nova. 1989 58 min. DVD X1269 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1699

Designing with Nature: Arts & Crafts Architecture in Northern California
Set in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this documentary examines the work of several major architects who were influenced by Arts and Crafts ideals, as well as by the reformist ethos of the Progressive Era. These designers sought to create an architecture suited to the landscape, climate, and emerging culture of the region. Rejecting Victorian excess and the artificial separation of art and craft, they strove to create an organic architecture based on unified design and harmony with nature. Presents a vivid account of a pivotal chapter in the architectural history of Northern California. Partial Contents: Joseph Worcester -- Joseph Worcester House, Piedmont -- Emily Price Marshall Houses and Worcester Cottage, Russian Hill, San Francisco -- Willis Polk -- Polk-Williams House, Russian Hill, San Francisco -- A. Page Brown -- Crocker Building, San Francisco -- Ferry Building, San Francisco -- California Pavilion, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago -- A. Page Brown, Joseph Worcester and Others -- Swedenborgian Church, aka Church of the New Jerusalem, San Francisco -- Ernest Coxhead -- St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, San Francisco -- Andrew Carrigan House, San Anselmo -- Coxhead City House, San Francisco -- Coxhead Country House, San Mateo -- Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Berkeley -- A.C. Schweinfurth -- Volney Moody House, Berkeley -- First Unitarian Church, Berkeley -- Bernard Maybeck -- Charles and Louise Keeler House, Berkeley -- Faculty Club, University of California -- First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley -- Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco -- John Galen Howard -- Doe Memorial Library, University of California -- Sather Tower, aka the Campanile, University of California -- Architecture Building, University of California -- Gregory-Howard House, Berkeley -- Julia Morgan -- Berkeley Women's City Club, Berkeley -- St. John's Presbyterian Church, Berkeley -- Suite of Craftsman-style buildings at Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove -- Lena and William Dinsmore House, Pacific Grove -- Louis Christian Mullgardt -- Dormidera Avenue House, Piedmont -- Letitia and Ernest Evans House, Mill Valley -- Henry Taylor House, Berkeley -- John Hudson Thomas -- Herbert Leo Dungan House, Berkeley -- Locke House, Oakland -- Edwin and George Peters Houses, Berkeley -- William and Florence Stephens House, Woodland -- Henry Gutterson -- John and Rebecca Howell House, Berkeley -- Charles Mallory Dutton House, Berkeley -- Education Building, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Berkeley -- Rose Walk Duplexes, Berkeley. Produced, and directed by Paul Bockhorst in cooperation with the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association. 2009. 86 min. DVD X4274

Dessau's Bauhaus.
On the outskirts of Dessau, Germany, Walter Gropius built his Higher Academy for the Arts in 1926: the Bauhaus. This highly detailed study of Gropius' groundbreaking building explores every nuance of its design, as well as its history and the philosophy of its architect. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2000. 29 min. DVD 1857

Do-It Yourself Guide To Solar Living.
Because of the energy shortage, many people are taking advantage of solar living. Simple and inexpensive methods of solar energy are explained in this program. 1974. 3/4" UMATIC. 30 min. Video/C 52

Down to Earth: Adobe in New Mexico.
Today adobe is often associated with wealth and the "Santa Fe Style." But adobe architecture also continues to play a vital role in Native American and Hispanic culture in New Mexico. In this documentary owners and architects of adobe homes discuss the advantages of the use of adobe as building material. 1994. 29 min. Video/C MM696

Dream Houses.
A person's house is his self image, his autobiography as ghost-written by the architect. Among the houses visited in the program are: Mark Twain's house, Fenway Court in Boston, Randolph Hearst's estate in San Simeon, Wright's Holyhock House for Arline Barnsdall and others. Part of the Pride of Place series. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 893

Dream Of The Sea Ranch.
Explores the environmental and design aspects of Sea Ranch, the ten mile long residential development in Northern California, begun in 1963. Includes interviews with developer/architect Al Boeke, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, and architects Joseph Esherick and Charles Moore. 1994. 56 min. Video/C 3632

Eco-architecture
A look at two homes built with the latest environment-friendly technologies. Features a home in Kanata, Ontario which is a state-of-the-art energy self-sufficient technological home and one in Naturno, Italy which is built of natural, local materials and provides for a healthy lifestyle. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program Homes by design. c1997. 24 min. Video/C 9691

The Eco House: Ideas for a Healthier Home. Volume 1
Indoor air quality and building materials: Eco addition / George Ostrow, presenter -- Healthy home check up / Dan Morris, demonstrator -- Breath of fresh air / Tim Taylor, demonstrator -- Re-sourceful remodeling / Jim Jensen, demonstrator. The Eco House series explores practical ideas for a healther home and a healthier environment. Volume one shows ways to improve indoor air quality, reduce building material waste and improve the thermal efficiency of your home. All presenters in this video are members of the Northwest Eco Building Guild, an organization which functions as an educational forum to facilitate building practices that protect human health, encourage sustainable resources and foster long-term economic vitality. c2004. 34 min. DVD 5377

Ecological City: A Shared Course
Architecture student Tim Alley journeys to Curitiba, Brazil to examine its successes in implementing urban ecological solutions to environmental issues. Presented in partial fulfillment for Masters Degree, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, University of California, Berkeley. [2000] 48 min. Video/C 7754

Ecological Design: Inventing The Future.
Beginning in the 1920's with the work of R. Buckminster Fuller, moving through the 1960's and the Counter Culture and ending on the doorstep of the 21st century, the film follows the evolution of ecological design from the visions of a few independent thinkers to the powerful movement it is now becoming. Each designer explores their design process including such artifacts as solar architecture, arcologies, bioshelters, living machines, pillow domes, engineered biospheres, solar aquatics, city farming, domed cities, gossamer vehicles, solar transport, electric vehicles, soft energy systems, solar communities and ecological cities. 1994. 64 min. Video/C 4549

The Empire Style In Helsinki.
Created by Carl Ludwig Engel, "Empire Helsinki" represents a significant movement in the architecture of the 1800s. 199-? 13 min. Video/C 2950

Energy And Resource Efficiencies.
Examines the recent revolution in the architectural design of buildings and communities that fit nature instead of fighting it. Several case studies of such "green architecture" and energy efficient buildings as a response to demand-side management programs are examined through on-site visits and commentary by panelists. 1993. 78 min. Video/C 3740

Energy And Resource Flows.
Papers presented at an architectural symposium concerning environmental issues and energy conservation in architecture. Discussed here are the efficient use of electrical energy, environmental control in buildings, air quality in buildings, and projects which are presented as case studies of successfully designed energy efficient buildings. 1993. 96 min. Video/C 3745

Enhancing the Quality of Healthcare Delivery with the Built Environment: Through the Patient's Eyes--Acute Care.
How does the built environment in healthcare institutions affect the people who use it--patients, their families and staff members? This film looks to patients and family members as the "experts" about their own experiences and perceptions of the built environment in their experiences of care in hospitals. c1998. 18 min. Video/C 6406

Environmental Architecture
With proper research and a little ingenuity it is possible to build or renovate houses which improve our social environment without destroying the physical environment. This program shows how architects are now designing 'environmentally friendly' buildings that are energy efficient and in harmony with nature. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 9635

Environmentally Friendly Construction in Cities
Presents 2 segments from a German television news magazine. Part 1 looks at several examples of organic architecture in German cities. Part 2 visits Dresden and one of the most famous late baroque buildings, the Zwinger Semper Gallery. 1997. 27 min. Video/C 8096

Fifth Avenue. (Great Streets)
Take a walking tour of the street synonymous with success: New York City's Fifth Avenue. Includes many of its famous landmarks such as the Empire State Building, the Conservatory Gardens of Central Park, the New York City Public Library, Washington Square Park, the village of Harlem, and an inside view of a luxury apartment overlooking Central Park. 2000. 57 min. Video/C 7843

Future Homes
Architects and Urban Designers must come up with solutions for overcrowding and depletion of natural resources. In Europe and Canada, designs of several experimental houses are lifted off the computer screen and drawing table and discussed as examples of what homes may look like in the new millennium. Originally broadcast as an episode of the television program Homes by design. c1998. 24 min. Video/C 9690

Future Wave: Japan Design.
Discusses aesthetics and economics behind contemporary Japanese design. Film includes interviews with designers and corporate executives, with emphasis on the importance of corporate imagery in an overall markeging design. Also visits corporate design centers such a Sony, Sharp and Nissan and designers in fashion, furnishings and graphics. c1990. 57 min. Video/C 4936

Good Cat in Screenland
Documents the rebirth of the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California. Lured by the prospects of redevelopment, two entrepreneurs from Communist China acquire the bankrupt historic building, but soon find themselves at odds over ownership. Weaving together ideas of international and local development, what begins as a story of inexperienced managers squaring-off against the turbulence of urban renewal turns into a compelling news report about two battling businessmen. Written, edited, produced and directed by Richard Cohen. 2010. 75 min. DVD X6350

Golden Gate Bridge
The story of engineer Joseph Strauss' mission to bring the Golden Gate Bridge into existence. He spent thirteen years arguing with politicians and opponents, before he could even break ground. This film explores the building of the spectacular bridge which has since been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. 2004. 60 min. DVD 3420
Good Neighbors: Affordable Housing in the Bay Area
Features three urban affordable housing developments in the Bay Area that represent the wide range of services and amenities that affordable housing offers to its residents and wider communities. San Francisco, CA : Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, 2001. 13 min. Video/C MM1299

The Grain In The Stone.
Focuses on the architectural expressions of man throughout history. 1973. 52 min. Video/C 164

The Grand Canal. (Great Streets)
To find the "real" Venice, the filmmaker bypasses the usual tourist spots along Venice's Grand Canal and uncovers some lesser-known destinations. He takes the obligatory gondola ride, but visits the woodworking studio where Forcola are made, gets to see how aristocrats live in a private palazzo and is accompanied by art historians on a tour through some restored churches. From the Rialto Bridge to the Piazza San Marco, glassblowers, gondoliers and everyday people show host Nathan Lane their beloved city. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 7842

Great Expectations
Looks at innovative, futuristic, utopian and sometimes bizarre architectural projects of the 20th century. Shows how contemporary problems like housing shortages, urban decay and pollution motivate architects to create changes in the way people live. Considers plans that have actually been constructed and animates some unrealized visions to see how they might have looked. Features works by Rudolf Steiner, Le Corbusier, Moshe Safdie, Oscar Niemeyer, Jacque Fresco, Peter Cook, Colin Fournier, Levitt & Sons, Antti Lovag, Peter Vetsch, and Paolo Soler. Director & editor, Jesper Wachtmeister. Special features: (Great expectations): Le Corbusier's functionalist cities; Buckminster fuller's lightweight geodesic domes; Moshe Safdie's habitat '67 prefab apartments; Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum and other anthroposophy buildings in Switzerland; Oscar Niemeyer's sleek urban designs for Brasilia; Paolo Soleri's "archology" of crystal-like desert cities; Antti Lovag's curved surfaces of Palais Bulles in France; Jacque Fresco's utopian Venus project in Florida; Peter Cook and Colin Fournier's biomorphic Kunsthaus Graz in Austria. 2007. 52 min. DVD X4762

Great Wall Across the Yangtze (Yangtze Jiang shang de chang cheng)
In 1994, the People's Republic of China ordered the damming of the Yangtze River, a 15-year project creating the world's largest dam and hydroelectric power-plant. To China's leaders, the Three Gorges dam will propel the nation's economy into the 21st century. To critics worldwide it is a social and environmental disaster. This film investigates the profound changes the Three Gorges dam will bring to China's people, environment, and history. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 8148

The Greening of Southie
The story of The Macallen Building, Boston's first LEED certified residential 'green' building, and the people who made it possible. From wheatboard cabinetry to recycled steel, bamboo flooring to dual-flush toilets, the Macallen building is something different: a leader in the emerging field of environmentally friendly design. But Boston's steel-toed union workers aren't sure they like it. And when things on the building start to go wrong, the young developer has to keep the project from unraveling. Directed by Ian Cheney. 2007. 72 min. (also includes 46 min. version of the film) DVD X811

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Healthy Buildings and Materials.
Papers presented at an architectural symposium concerning environmental issues and energy conservation in architecture. Discuessed here are types of building materials including the use of salvaged materials, conventional market products, new "green products", and recycled materials and the management of solid waste materials on building sights. 1993. 78 min. Video/C 3744

Healthy Buildings and Materials.
Focuses on the ecology of buildings using holistic design approaches which encourage the creation of environments which are healthy and productive. Emphasis is placed on air flow and the use of right materials to create pollution free "healthy buildings." 1993. 88 min. Video/C 3741

Helvitica
Helvetica is a documentary film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. An exploration of urban spaces and the type that inhabits them, Helvetica invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. produced and directed by Gary Hustwit. Special features: 95 min. of bonus interviews. 2007. 80 min. DVD 9976

Home Movie
A look at five extraordinary homes and the charming, bizarre people who inhabit them. His subjects include an alligator wrangler who lives on a houseboat, an American actress who built a treehouse getaway in Hawaii, an inventor who automated his entire home, a family who converted an abandoned missile silo into an undergound abode and a pair of cat-lovers who renovated their house with dozens of feline-friendly features. Special features: Wild Bill's gator commercial clip; Monsanto's "House of the future" promo; history of Kansas missile bases; gallery of cat photos; Linda Beech publicity stills; original theatrical trailer; Homestore.com commercials; liner notes by Mark Borchardt of "American movie" fame. Director, Chris Smith. 2001. 65 min. DVD 4213

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank.
Presents a discussion of the concept, structure, and management and design features of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Building designed by Norman Foster Associates. 1987. 50 min. Video/C 1326

Horton Plaza, San Diego California: Downtown Super-regional Shopping Center.
Describes the Horton Plaza designed by Jon Jerde, a highly successful shopping center completed in 1985 in downtown San Diego. 1990.18 min. Video/C 5371

The House (Modern Marvels)
Shows the building of a house from the ground up. Presents the history of the development of house types and the power struggles, accidental discoveries and monumental breakthroughs behind the methods and materials used today. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 8583

House Beautiful. House of the Millennium
A guide to the architecture of homes of the future. Visit leading design studios to see what architects and planners have in mind for the 21st century home including new materials, technological advances and furniture design. Takes a look at a succulent garden landscape design, a futuristic loft and a home in California with window walls. Originally presented on the television series House beautiful in 1999. 40 min. Video/C 9835

Houses for Individualists (Places we live: weird and wonderful houses.)
A look at some fantastic houses built by individualists -- houses built by people with creative dreams, original needs or compulsions and the ability to design and erect the unconventional. Shows a guest house in the shape of a huge yellow dragon with slides for stairs, a spherical house, a house shaped like a snail and many more unusual housing designs. 1993. 26 min. Video/C 8092

How To Build Your Elegant Home With Straw Bales.
A comprehensive "how-to" covering all of the specifics of building a plastered straw bale structure including design, foundation, bale wall-raising, roof, stucco preparation, electrical, stucco/plaster and finishing touches. 1997. 90 min. Video/C 3694

IES Lighting Education
Covers the fundamental aspects of lighting systems. The first video views lighting design from historical, biological, and psychological perspectives. The second explains light behavior and lighting calculations, optical control, and basic electrical lighting sources. The third presents a discussion on the three phases in the lighting design process and the concept of cross checking and constant re-evaluation in light design. The final video explains how to save energy using daylight and maximizing vertical surface reflections. Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. c1996. 100 min. Video/C 9829

In the Mind of the Architect.
A three part series examining the process of architecture -- its philosophy and its essential relationship with people through the point of view of Australian architects. 2000.

In the Mind of the Architect: Episode 1, Keeping the Faith. Explores the relationship between architect and client, looking at houses they design for government, big business and themselves. It also examines the fight between those who prefer innovation, and those who want more conservative buildings. Contents: Kew House -- Commonwealth Law Courts -- Storey Hall RMIT University -- Mooloomba House -- Freemantle Cemetary Crematorium -- Carter/Tucker House. 55 min. Video/C 8244

In the Mind of the Architect: Episode 2, The Public Good. Explores issues surrounding public development. Architects must balance the desires of business clients with the obligation to the public good. Cities are the battleground. So who makes the decision and who cares about the public good with respect to large commercial developments? Contents: Phillip Island House -- Lovett Bay House -- Melbourne Gateway -- Sydney Opera House -- East Circular Quay -- Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre -- Green Street House -- Federation Square -- Meyers Place. 55 min. Video/C 8245

In the Mind of the Architect: Episode 3, Corrugated Dreams. From seemingly hopeless suburbs to a downtown hotel, this final segment visits the artistic potential of architecture. What gives an architect the confidence to build a great building? Is it a good site, tolerant neighbors, a gifted contractor or a brave client with lots of money? Contents: C House -- Ruzzene/Leon House -- Girrawaa Creative Work Centre -- Arthur & Yvonne Boyd Education Centre -- Rose Seidler House -- Riverhouse -- Short House -- Building 8 RMIT University -- Kronberg Medical Centre -- Holland Court -- Gottlieb House -- Price/O'Reilly House -- Republic Tower -- Mars Street House. 55 min. Video/C 8246

Incredible Collections (America's weirdest homes. Volume 2.)
A tour of the wildest, wackiest and weirdest homes in North America. Visit the House of exotica, the Nuthouse, The House of screws, The Pirate's den and other fascinating structures. Contents: House of exotica -- Nuthouse -- Margaret's store -- House of screws -- Button king -- Pirate's den -- Angella's scarecrows -- House of toys -- The Grotto. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 8089

Investing In A Dream: A Guide To Getting The Home You Really Want.
Provides homeowners with useful information about working with architects when building a home or an addition. 1993. 14 min. Video/C 3080

The Islamic City.
Describes the architecture and important areas of several Islamic cities in various areas of the Moslem world. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1988. 38 min. Video/C 2509

Japan: Three Generations Of Avant-Garde Architects.
Interviewed: Itsuko Hasegawa, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando, Kasuo Shinohara, Fumihiko Maki. Profiles some of Japan's most innovative architects. Documents some of the most convincing, modern architecture of our time. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2017

Japanese Architectural Design: East Meets West.
An examination of the development of Kyoto architecture during the last half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Buildings examined include: Shimadzu Foundation Memorial Hall, Murin-an, the former JR Nijo Station, Gion-kaku Tower, Chochikkyo, Kyoto Kaikan Hall Annex, Kyoto Municipal Museum and Yasaka Kaikan Hall. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 46 min. DVD 2795

KieranTimberlake
KieranTimberlake, founded by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, is a recognized leader in the "green" architecture movement. Based in Philadelphia, the firm has been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles with offsite construction for the mass customization of houses. The film focuses on Loblolly House, built in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland in 2007, and also the Cellophane House, a specially commissioned design for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008. Contents: Loblolly House (2007) -- Cellophane House (2008). Directed and edited by Tom Piper. c2009 26 min., 47 sec. DVD X5701

Kochuu: Japanese Architecture, Influence & Origin
Documentary about modern Japanese architecture, and its impact on the Nordic building tradition. "Kochuu" which translates as "in the jar," refers to the Japanese tradition of constructing small, enclosed physical spaces, which create the impression of a separate universe. Features interviews with some of Japan's leading architects as well as Scandinavian contemporaries. Produced and directed by Jesper Wachtmeister. 2003. 53 min. DVD 5144; also included on DVD X4762

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Korean Houses.
An introduction to the traditional architecture and design of Korean houses and buildings. 1982. 25 min. Video/C 3660

Land Resources And The Urban Environment. (Building Connections Series; 3.)
Architects and designers, such as Peter Calthorpe, comment on various ways to improve the design of buildings to create environmentally sensitive, livable and sustainable communities. Discusses appropriate land use, resource efficiencies, renewable sources of energy and water and waste management strategies. 1993. 85 min. Video/C 3742

Lifeline: The Story of the Oakland Naval Supply Depot in World War II
Program documents the historical significance of the Naval Supply Depot, Oakland, which is being demolished as part of the Port of Oakland's expansion. (Donated by Prof. Helaine Kaplan Prentice and Celia McCarty (Port of Oakland)). c1999. 29 min. Video/C MM919

Living in Paradise (America's weirdest homes. Volume 3.)
A tour of the wildest, wackiest and weirdest homes in North America. Visit the Underground home, Simpson's whirligigs, Rainbow acres, the Whistle stop and other fascinating structures. Contents: Salvation Mountain -- Home underground -- Land of Pasaquan -- Simpson's whirligigs -- Ted's collection -- Rainbow acres -- Willie's lawn -- Whistle stop -- Hinitt's gardens -- Rockworld. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8090

Making the Modern
This compelling documentary presents events surrounding the design and creation of a new home for the 110-year old Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Elements of the story include a visionary Japanese architect, Tadao Ando; an ambitious museum design; and an innovative construction team. 2003. 60 min. DVD 2470

Mathematics of Architecture: Building by Numbers.
This film demonstrates how major architects from Andrea Palladio to Le Corbusier to Bernard Tschumi used math to design their projects. Palladio used square geometry to achieve harmonious proportions in the beautiful Villa Pisani in the 16th century. In the 20th century, Le Corbusier used ratios to purify proportional relationships in his Villa La Roche. Contemporary architect Bernard Tschumi discusses how the incorporation of Chaos Theory into his design of Parc de la Villette in Paris helped him to represent the disorder of modern life. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 25 min. Video/C 5373

Megiddo: City of Destruction
A guided view of excavations at Megiddo, Israel, conducted by archaeologist and historian Yigael Yadin of Hebrew University. Relates the interpretation of the Old Testament to the architectural and cultural clues which tie together the excavated cities of Megiddo, Hazor, and Gezer as parts of Solomon's kingdom. c1979. 30 min. Video/C MM647

Models Of Change In Parks And Recreation.
Film contains interviews with twenty-two individuals who have been successful in implementing change in their organizations. Drawing upon real-world experiences and successes they address such topics as youth sports innovation, partnering, neighborhood revitalization, youth programming, quality of life improvement, and reinventing government. 1993. 112 min. Video/C 3196

Modern Marvels: Architectural Wonders: Golden Gate Bridge; St. Louis Arch
The Golden Gate Bridge: Tells the story of engineer Joseph Strauss' mission to bring the Golden Gate Bridge into existence. He spent thirteen years arguing with politicians and opponents, before he could even break ground. This film explores the engineering and building of this spectacular bridge. It has since been called one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Looks at the history of the construction of the Saint Louis Arch, the Gateway Arch that rises over the Mississippi River and symbolizes the westward expansion of the United States. This construction and engineering milestone was built in 1967, is 630 feet tall, contains 40,000 tons of steel and concrete, and is the biggest man-made arch in the world. Originally aired on the History Channel. 2007. 100 min. DVD 8593

The Monsanto House of the Future
Originally produced in 1957 by Monsanto Chemical Company. Straight from 1957 a very rare film on the fantastic Monsanto House of the future located in Tomorrowland in Disneyland! The film was produced by Monsanto Chemical Company, a manufacturer of plastics and contains the full story of the Monsanto house with a walk through the house and a description of the life of a typical "future family." Focus is on the many uses of plastics throughout the house. 12 min. DVD 9409

Monuments Of Ancient Mexico.
Shows the first Meso-American civilization of the Olmecs, through the rise and decline of other civilizations such as the Mayas, Toltecs, and Aztecs. 1990. 25 min. Video/C 2614

Mr. Jefferson And His University.
Looks at the places that Thomas Jefferson designed and built. Examines the originality of his thought and his astonishing achievements in a state that was then America's frontier. 1992. 52 min. Video/C 3443

The Monsanto House of the Future
Straight from 1957 a very rare film on the fantastic Monsanto House of the future located in Tomorrowland in Disneyland! The film was produced by Monsanto Chemical Company, a manufacturer of plastics and contains the full story of the Monsanto house with a walk through the house and a description of the life of a typical "future family." Focus is on the many uses of plastics throughout the house. Originally produced in 1957 by Monsanto Chemical Company. 12 min. DVD 9409

More Than Shelter: The Public Life of Buildings.
Explores the most controversial of contemporary architectural movements, postmodernism. Examines the impact and accomplishments of the movement and evaluates the work of various postmodernist architects and buildings they have designed around the U.S. Commentary is provided by some of America's most prominent architecture critics, historians, and designers. c1998. 28 min. Video/C 4561

Movement in Architecture: An Educational Video Set in Philadelphia.
Examines kinetic perception of the built environment by exploring architectural sites, indoor and outdoor, from the vantage point of a moving observer. The aim is to introduce architecture, urban planning, and interior design students to the role of movement in spatial perception and to provide terminology and strategies for considering movement in design. Visits four sites around Philadelphia: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Laurel Hill Cemetery, and Fonthill. c1993. 29 min. Video/C 6256

Museum on the Mountain
Follows the progress of the design and construction of I.M. Pei's Miho Museum, near Kyoto, Japan, over a six year period. Directed by Peter Rosen. (supplementary feature with the documentary I.M. Pei: First Person Singular) 50 min. DVD 3652

The 1900 House: An Extraordinary Living Experiment
Just how good were the good old days? Travel back in time with the Bowler family, smitten by the idea of experiencing the Victorian lifestyle right down to corsets, chamber pots and cutthroat razors, as they turn back the calendar to spring of 1900. Their eye-opening experiences of the grueling demands of a bygone era help them to understand another era with an exceptional clarity and a unique perspective. Originally produced by BBC for the television program Wall to Wall in 1999. 2000. Video/C 7174

Ninos De Esperanza. (Children Of Hope).
Film follows the development of a project by the San Diego branch of the Americas Foundation which assisted low income families in Tijuana to build a state-of-the-art elementary school with the assistance of local volunteers from the community. 1994. Video/C 4191

Objectified
A feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. In his second film, director Gary Hustwit (Helvetica) documents the creative processes of some of the world's most influential product designers, and looks at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. Produced and directed by Gary Hustwit. Featuring Paola Antonelli, Chris Bangle, Andrew Blauvelt, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Tim Brown, Anthony Dunne, Dan Formosa, Naoto Fukasawa, IDEO, Jonathan Ive, Hella Jongerius, David Kelley, Bill Moggridge, Marc Newsome, Fiona Raby, Dieter Rams, Karim Rashid, Alice Rawsthorn, Smart Design, Davin Stowell, Jane Fulton Suri, Rob Walker. 75 mins. 2009. DVD X2372

Patterns in Architecture
Christopher Alexander discusses three instrumental thought processes that led him to his perception of the connection between the field of architecture and the field of computing. He talks about patterns and pattern languages and summarizes the theoretical framework which evolved from this. Lecture presented at OOPSLA '96, the Conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages and Applications. Recorded October 8, 1996, in San Jose, California. 65 min. Video/C 7707

The Pentagon.
Presents archival footage of the construction of the Pentagon, the largest office building in the world and its progress from the drawing board to today. Engineers reveal the reasons behind its unique shape and show some of the innovative features that have helped the nearly 60-year-old headquarters handle the changing demands of its occupants over the decades. Includes an all-access tour to rooms rarely seen by the public, and new footage documenting the destruction to the Pentagon in the September 11th terrorist attack. 2001. 46 min. Video/C MM14

Pink's Famous Chili Dogs.
Documentary film about a Los Angeles hot dog stand owned by Paul Pink. c1997. 18 min. Video/C 5957

The Places Within.
The vastness of the American continent has been matched by its architects who have designed public places with interior spaces of heroic proportions. Part of the Pride of Place series. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 896

Plan Projection
A lecture from a series on drawing. Here artist and instructor Marshall Vandruff presents and demonstrates the principles of what an artist needs to know on the subject of perspective. "Learn how a top, side and front view can be used to draw an object from any point of view." 2003. 39 min. Video/C 9876

Playground
Uses the example of three creative playgrounds in Denmark and England to show how children, under the guidance of a leader, enjoy building houses, bridges, towers, windmills, and other structures, from junk materials donated by industries, junk collectors, parents, and others. Includes descriptions of legal and practical considerations in founding a creative playground. A film by David Grieve and Torben Strandgaard. 1974. 11 min. Video/C MM594

Plazas For People: The Exxon Example.
Exxon Plaza, a corporate plaza built during the 1960's, is re-examined for its potential to attract people. The study shows why changes in design and management were necessary and how they changed the character of the plaza. 1985. 12 min. Video/C 1647

A Portrait of Mr. Pink
Seventy-three year old Mr. Pink is a retired refuse collector who came to Britain from Jamaica in the fifties. He lives alone in an extraordinary Victorian mansion which he has adorned with his own unique designs in a South East London suburb. Inside and out,the house is decorated with the intense colors of the Caribbean, combined with other influences such as stained glass windows from churches and his colorful garden. Mr. Pink's self-expression includes recording his own music and songs, making spectacular hats of leaves and flowers, and a deep spirituality which he shares with the viewer. 1997. 15 min. Video/C 6577

Postmodernism
This program looks at postmodernism as reflected in architecture and art. Using numerous examples drawn from the United States and Britain, this documentary seeks to define the movement through commentary by authors, architects and art critics. Looks at the contributions and influence of 20th century visionaries such as Robert Venturi, Andy Warhol, Jacques Derrida, and Kazuo Ishiguro to the development of Postmodernism. c2000. 29 min. Video/C 8399

Preparing for the Architect Registration Examination.
Video provides a demonstration on how to take the computerized based Architecture Registration Examination. Set in a computer test center, it follows a student as he works through each part of the test. Expert narration provides tips and techniques for decision making and navigation throughout each of the 4 segments of the examination. Designed to assist candidates who prefer to watch how the test works before they try it. 1997. 32 min. Video/C 5542

Privy to the Past
A documentary on the Cypress Archaeological Project, an excavation in West Oakland, California from April 1994 through May 1996. The excavated collections represent a large and diverse set of households from the late 1890's through the early 1920's of people who worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad and lived in cottages, boarding houses and hotels. They also represent workers at a Chinese laundry and African American, German, Irish and other family groups. Produced by the California Department of Transportation in cooperation with the Anthropological Studies Center, Sonoma State University. 1999. 29 min. DVD 7656 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 6633

Proud Towers.
The skyscraper, rising free of the city, is the one building type that is unquestionably American, recognized throughout the world as the most potent architectural expression of national and corporate pride. Part of the Pride of Place series. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 897

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Destroyed in a dramatic and highly publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure among architects, politicians and policy makers. This documentary explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which the projects resided, while tracing personal and poignant narratives of those who lived in them. Available in two cuts: 1. Feature length (83 minutes) -- 2. TV length (53 minutes). c2011. DVD X6620

Public Memory.
Discusses the design, meaning and purpose of public memorials built to commemorate wars and tragedies. This documentary asks: why do some memorials move us, why are others forgettable, what do they really mean, and are all memorials still relevant today? The program covers a specific group of memorials, including: the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Pan Am Flight 103 Memorial Cairn, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and plans for the first African-American lynching monument (the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial), among others. Examines what we can learn from controversial memorials and the many complex issues involved in memorializing the victims of crimes against humanity and terrorism. 2003. 58 min. Video/C MM502

Public Space, Public Work
A documentary that looks at the way in which women have been involved with architecture and the particular ways in which women utilize or consume architecture differently than men. Also looks at the public work of some women architects worldwide. c1991. 24 min. Video/C 7709

Punarvasan: A Document on Reconstruction in Post-earthquake Marathwada.
A film shot between October 1993 and December 1994, critically examining various aspects of the reconstruction program in the Latur and Osmanabad Districts of Maharashtra, following the earthquake of September 30, 1993. Part I traces the first stage of reconstruction where donor-sponsored housing relocation schemes were undertaken including the decision to relocate 52 villages, the lay-out and design of the settlements and the building technologies adopted. Part II looks at the peoples' participation in the reconstruction program. It presents various experiments involving the use of low-cost indigenous materials, local participation in settlement design, training of local artisans, demonstration of retrofitting techniques and information-education campaigns. 199? 58 min. PAL format Video/C 471

The Rammed Earth Renaissance.
From the beginning of history, every civilization from the Assyrians to the Zunis has used earth to create beautiful, durable and affordable shelter. Author, engineer, and earth builder David Easton discusses the history of earth construction and the refined techniques now in use, as the material is being rediscovered for building. Companion video to the book: The Rammed Earth House / David Easton. White River Junction, Vt.: Chelsea Green Publishing, c1996. (Environ Dsgn TH4818.A3.E27 1996). 1996. 31 min. Video/C 5377

Resorts.
Americans at rest want to return to a tame and peaceful nature. There are parks with forests, lakes, hills, meadows, foot and bridle paths and architecture to complement the settings. Among the places visited in the program are: New York's Central Park, the Newport Casino in Rhode Island, Palm Beach in Florida and others. Part of the Pride of Place series. 1986. Performer, Robert A.M. Stern. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1986. 58 min. Video/C 895

The Rietveld Schroder House.
In 1924 Gerrit Rietveld build a house for Mr. Schroder-Schrader which is now considered a monument to modernism and the purest expression of de stijl. This film featuring commentary by the restoration architect Bertus Mulder, describes the efforts made to restore the house to its original state using black and white photographs taken after the house was built. 198? 30 min. Video/C 9873

The Rural Studio
Describes the Rural Studio founded by Samuel Mockbee of the Department of Architecture at Auburn University. Through the Rural Studio, architecture students design and build affordable housing, often from unusual materials, in an economically depressed rural area in Alabama. 2002. 56 min. DVD 3835

Rutas de euskaidi
A visual tour of the scenic, historic, religious and architecturally significant sites of various locations in the Basque regions of Spain. Contents: 1. Entre Zugastieta y Durango (11 min.) -- 2. Entre Murguia y Vitoria (13 min.) -- 3. Entre Mutiloa y San Adrian (10 min.) -- 4. Entre Oyarzun y Renteria (14 min.). In Spanish. 48 min. Video/C 7585

Sacred Ground.
An investigative report telling the inside story of the first stormy year in the plans to rebuild on the site of the World Trade Center, after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. With exclusive access to architect Daniel Libeskind -- this documentary reveals how the desire to build the world's most meaningful architectural tribute descended into a billion-dollar battle for the soul of Ground Zero. 2004. 57 min. DVD 4478

The Search For A Usable Past.
Architecture grows out of a people's shared past. But in America, where ties to ancient cultures have been broken, we have individually and collectively invented a usable past. Part of the Pride of Place series. Performer, Robert A.M. Stern. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 891

The Shakers--Hands To Work, Hearts To God.
A historical documentary on an American religious sect which, at its height in 1840, included six thousand believers. Touches first on the Shaker's superficial identity as celibate chairmakers, then pursues their historical and social significance through the use of archival photos, paintings, live shots of landscapes and architecture, and on-camera interviews. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 802

Shock Of The New.
Contents: 1. Culture of Nature. -- 2 The End of Modernity: the Future that Was. -- 3. The Landscape of Pleasure. -- 4. The Mechanical Paradise. -- 5. The Shapes of Dissent: the Powers That Be. -- 6. The Sublime and Anxious Eye: the View From the Edge. -- 7. The Threshold of Liberty. -- 8. Trouble in Utopia. Eight 52 minute programs dealing with modernism in art and architecture. 1988. Video/C 217-223

Sitting Down: Art of the Chair
For sheer functionality, what piece of furniture is more essential than the chair? In this program six leading contemporary designers discuss their technical and aesthetic approaches to making places for people to sit down. The film includes many examples of innovative and functional designs. Interviews with designers Alberto Meda, Ross Lovegrove, Charlotte Perriand, Ron Arad, Antonio Citterio, and Gaetano Pesce. 2002. 52 min. Video/C 9779

Skyscraper.
Contents: 1. Rock and Paper. -- 2. Time and Money. -- 3. Steel and Stone. -- 4. Copper and Diamond. -- 5. Higher and Higher. A behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of a New York City skyscraper, Worldwide Plaza, from a hole in the ground to a 47-story tower. Performer, Don Wescott. 1990. 58 min. each. DVD X1649 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1805

Solar Decision.
A look at the role of the U.S. government and the politics of solar energy. Speculations about the importance solar technology may have in the 21st century. 1974. 30 min. Video/C 55

Spent Light: Louis Kahn & the Salk Institute.
Depicts the inspiration and planning of Louis Kahn in the design and building of the Salk Institute. 1993. 26 min. DVD 9520 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5370

Stansted International Airport.
Presents a discussion of the concept, structure, and design features of Stansted International Airport (Great Britain) designed by Norman Foster. 1990. 45 min. Video/C 2423

Stone Walls: Of Prison and Architecture
Peter Wayne, architectural historian and kleptomaniac currently serving time in prison, expounds upon the architecture of Thomas Archer, an early 18th century English baroque architect. While on a weekend pass from prison, Wayne ruminates about his life as a criminal and shares his observations as an architectural historian as he visits buildings designed and built by Thomas Archer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1993. 26 min. Video/C 3441

Stones for Buildings
This program uses illustrations and case studies to explore the ways in which a variety of stones can be utilized for buildings in a range of styles from the local vernacular to the contemporary modern. 1995. 24 min. Video/C 9800

Straw Bale Construction: The Elegant Solutions.
Discusses pros and cons of using straw bale construction, a building technique developed in Nebraska. 1992. 32 min. Video/C 3693

Suburbs: Arcadia For Everyone.
Americans dream of owning a single family home in the country, ideally not too far from the city workplace. There are many shapes to this dream: Gothic cottages and minicastles surrounded by manicured wilderness, detached dwellings in wooded surroundings, a totally designed community that combines quaintness and modernity and other. Part of the Pride of Place series. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 894

Sustainable Architecture
Presents a thorough and interesting exploration of the elements of architectural design that work towards sustainability. Includes sections on planning & design, basic building design, embodied energy & resources in buildings, vernacular architecture, energy & resource use in buildings, heating, cooling & ventilation, lighting, infrastructures, and a holistic challenge. 1994. 38 min. Video/C 9637

The Theory Is Tested.
A look at the prospect of a home fully heated by solar energy, showing how the new systems work, when they will be available, and how much they will cost. 1974. 30 min. Video/C 51

This Old Pyramid.
This program reveals the ancient secret of how the pyramids were built by actually building one. A noted Egyptologist, Mark Lehner, and a professional stonemason, Roger Hopkins, join forces in the shadow of the great pyramid of Giza to put clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories to the test. 1992. 90 min. Video/C 3444

300 Years of Housing
Examines trends, styles, and examples of housing and construction materials in England from the 1600s to the late 1900s. 2002. 28 min. DVD 3109

Toward Universal Design.
Examines evolving responsibilities of architects to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of physical handicaps. 1993. 16 min. Video/C 2700

Traditional Japanese Architecture.
Shows the Katsura Detached Palace in Kyoto, an example of the best in traditional Japanese architectural technique and design. Includes many details available to the camera during the complete renovation and restoration process that started in 1976. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 2419

Traditional Korean Houses.
Shows the types of housing used in Korea from prehistoric times to the Choson period. Includes tours of architectural sites, furniture, and interior decoration with expert commentary. Sun-kyo jang -- Prehistoric residential site in Amsa-dong, Seoul -- Restored ancient tomb from Koguryo Kingdom -- Kaya Kingdom -- Shilla Kingdom -- Oh-jook-hun -- Yangdong Folk Village -- Kwan-gwa Jung -- Hyang-dahn -- House of Woi-sung -- Pyongnae-dong, Mikeum -- Dok-rak-dang -- Yun-kyung-dang. Commentary: Dr. Hahn Jae-soo (Korean architect). 1992. 29 min. Video/C 6423

Trash to Treasures America's Weirdest Homes. Volume 1.
A tour of the wildest, wackiest and weirdest homes in North America and Canada. Visit the Undertaker's dream house, the Beer Can house, the Junk Castle and other fascinating structures. Contents: Undertaker's dream house -- Beer can house -- Junk castle -- Ken's old cars -- The Shoe lady -- Rob's metalworks -- The flowerman -- Richart's ruins -- Rice's cross garden. c1999. 58 min. Video/C 8088

Travels: A Look Into Universal Design
Disc 1. Beginnings, progressions -- Disc 2. Destinations. Presents the results of a research project examining the claimed benefits of universal design in buildings. It began with a study in New York City, progressed to Buffalo, New York, and led to the tourist destination of Las Vegas. Center for Inclusive Design and Environmental Access; project director, Gary Scott Danford. c2004. DVD 4558

Trouble In Utopia.
German and Italian visionary architects, such as Scharoun, Finsterlin, and Chiattone, followed by the Bauhaus and the functionalists, spread a new international style that stressed design aesthetics and promulgated the idea of the architect as a social legislator. 1980. 52 min. Video/C 220

Umbria: Nello Spirito di San Francesco
An overview of the artworks and icons in the churches in the Umbria region of Italy, with special emphasis on the Basilica San Francesco in Assisi which honors St. Francis of Assisi. 1996. 30 min. Video/C 5490

Unseen Cinema 5: Early American Avant-garde Film, 1894-1941: Picturing a Metropolis: New York City Unveiled.
Reveals hitherto unknown accomplishments of American filmmakers from the invention of cinema until World War II. Disc 5: "Depicts dynamic images of New York City and scenes of New Yorkers among the skyscrapers, streets, and night life of America's greatest city during a half century of progress, while at the same time showing changes in film style and the history of cinema experiments." Contents: Early views" -- The Blizzard (1899) / creators unknown -- Lower Broadway (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Beginning of a skyscraper (1902) / Robert K. Bonine -- Panorama from Times Building, New York (1905) / Wallace McCutcheon -- Skyscrapers of NYC from North River (1903) / J.B. Smith -- Panorama from Tower of the Brooklyn Bridge (1903) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- "Tricks of the trade" -- Demolishing and building up the Star Theatre (1902) / Frederick S. Armitage -- Coney Island at night (1905) / Edwin S. Porter -- Interior New York Subway 14th Street to 42nd Street (1905) / G.W. "Billy" Bitzer -- Seeing New York by yacht (1902) / Frederick Armitage & A.E. Weed -- Looney Lens: Split skyscrapers (1924) / Al Brick -- Looney Lens: Tenth Avenue, NYC (1924) / Al Brick -- Scenes from Ford Educational Weekly (1916-24) / creators unknown -- 8th Avenue elevated train at 112th Street -- The trellis : work of sunshine and shade -- View of Herald Square Station -- Aerial view of Sixth Ave. train at 28th, 26th, 24th -- Manhatta (1921) / Charles Sheeler & Paul Strand -- Twenty four Dollar Island (c. 1926) / Robert Flaherty -- Skyscraper symphony (1929) / Robert Florey -- Manhattan medley (1931) / Bonney Powell -- A Bronx morning (1931) / Jay Leyda -- Footnote to fact (1933) / Lewis Jacobs -- "Seeing the world," part one: a visit to New York, N.Y. (1937) / Rudy Burckhardt -- The Pursuit of happiness (1940) / Rudy Burckhardt -- Gold Diggers of 1935 : "Lullaby of Broadway" (1935) / Busby Berkeley -- Autumn fire (1930-33) / Herman Weinberg. DVD 4670

Universal Design in Architecture
This program on universal design presents in-depth examples of good, accessible design involving the path-of-travel through public and university buildings and home environments. In addition to the accessible, functional and appropriate design of new structures, the retrofitting of existing structures is also shown. Commentary: Paul Wolff, Beth Currier, James Maul, Brad Grant, Bruce Fraser, Susan Goltsman, Ron Mace, Rick Best, Ed Neubauer. 1994. 36 min. DVD 7104; vhs Video/C 9838

Urban Oasis: The Creation of the Nasher Sculpture Center
The Nasher Sculpture Center located in Dallas, Texas is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture. This film explores the creation of the Nasher Sculpture Center and sculpture garden providing viewers with insights from Raymond Nasher, the architects of the Center, artists represented in the Collection, critics, and key participants in the development of the project. In addition, Raymond Nasher and Nasher Sculpture Center Director, Steven Nash, comment on works included in the Collection. Disc 1. The architecture (113 min.) -- Disc 2. The collection (113 min.) Interviews: Renzo Piano, Peter Walker, architecture critic David Dillon, art historian Michael Brenson, and artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Anthony Caro, Tony Cragg, Mark di Suvero, Joel Shapiro, and James Turrell. 2004. 226 min. DVD 6820

Vanishing Points: An Introduction to Architectural Perspective Drawing
This program on architectural drawing provides a concise demonstration of the techniques of axonometric, isometric, and one-point and two-point perspective drawing. Computer graphics are employed to help explain the underlying principles of architectural drawing, while student projects serve as examples of well-executed drafting. Originally produced by the University of Sheffield in 1999. Dist.: Films Media Group. 20 min. Video/C 9780

Verticle City
2007. 28 min. each installment Dist.: Films Media Group.

Q1, Australian Gold Coast
This program looks at the design and structural strength of Q1 Tower (Queensland Number One) and how it has affected the environment of Surfer's Paradise, once a trendy haven for beach bums. Looks at the imposing structure from more than one angle, studying its extraordinary design elements while asking: how has its pristine environment been affected? Viewers will learn about Q1's massive exterior canopy, its honeycomb core that reduces weight while maintaining structural strength, and the system of 26 supporting piles that had to be buried in the sandy soil beneath the tower. DVD X3042

Torre Mayor, Mexico City
One of the strongest buildings on the planet, Torre Mayor is constructed to withstand seismic movement that would obliterate the average skyscraper. Built in the wake of Mexico City's devastating 1985 earthquake, the tower is both a monument to engineering and a haven of safety in one of the world's most active seismic zones. This program focuses on the safety solutions behind Torre Mayor's innovative design. Viewers are introduced to its double-triangle diamond pattern, an ultra-solid combination of bracing and dampers, and the building's concrete-encased steel columns -- all resulting in a tower that does not sway significantly during a quake. DVD X3043

Cira Centre, Philadelphia
It is an increasingly common scenario: a developer wants to build a tower in a depressed urban area, and must fill half the building before permits are issued. What's the ace in the hole? A superstar architect who brings media attention to the project. This program recounts such a story, in which Petronas Towers and Canary Wharf creator Cesar Pelli waved his magic design wand over the Cira Center project, making it stand apart from other Philadelphia high-rises. In addition to the building's design features, the program reflects on the question: are celebrity architects over-hyped and overpaid, and what--if any--public benefits exist to offset their staggering paychecks? DVD X3044

Cologne Cathedral
Any serious study of the modern skyscraper must acknowledge its precurso--the Gothic cathedral. This program examines the design, construction, and history of Cologne Cathedral--which, for a grand total of four years, was the tallest building in the world. Dr. Barbara Schock-Werner, the cathedral's resident chief architect, describes political and cultural conditions during Cologne's initial building years and guides viewers through the evolution of the colossal church. Dr. Ulrike Brinkmann, in charge of the cathedral's acres of stained glass, sheds light on the religious meanings and architectural significance of the myriad colored windows. DVD X3045

One Canada Square, London
In 1991, One Canada Square, the UK's tallest skyscraper, changed the London skyline. But the Cesar Pelli-designed icon did not rise up in the heart of the British capital. As this program describes, the developers undertook a billion-dollar gamble by creating an international financial center, symbolized by this obelisk-shaped tower, in the city's East End docklands. Viewers will learn about the complicated political and economic cooperation that had to occur before building could begin. The collapse of the global property market following completion of the complex--resulting in bankruptcy for the developers and darkness for a large section of the tower--is another major subject. DVD X3046

Eureka Tower, Melbourne
This program looks at the high life while going down under--exploring Melbourne's 300-meter Eureka Tower, the tallest residential building in the world and the most exclusive address in the southern hemisphere. Featuring interviews with architect Nonda Katsalidis and developer Benni Aroni, the episode provides an in-depth tour of the dynamic structure and shows how its design is aimed at Australia's high-flyers. Viewers will learn about the building's exterior color scheme, a tribute to the Victorian Gold Rush, and its relationship to the interior shapes and décor. DVD X3047

The Turning Torso, Malmo
What happens when a city loses its trademark industry and the trademark architectural icon that goes with it? That was the problem facing the Swedish shipbuilding city of Malmo when the Kockums Crane was dismantled in 2002. This program illustrates the city's radical solution--a dramatic reinvention of its skyline and its socioeconomic image with the Turning Torso apartment building. Viewers will learn about the tower's unique sculptural origins, its twisted cube-stack shape, its unusual slanted windows, and its role in creating Malmo's post-industrial identity. The civic controversy that frequently accompanies daring building design is also explored. DVD X3048

The Sears Tower, Chicago
This program looks at how the $175 million Sears Tower broke boundaries in not only height but design and construction when it was completed in 1973. Examines architect Bruce Graham's innovations and their intended results--including better light, better ventilation, and better conditions for workers. Viewers are introduced to 1960s-era developments in steel and plate glass technology, replacing the heavy masonry walls of earlier skyscraper designs. The nearly crippling financial costs of funding such an iconic tower are also explored. DVD X3049

Commerzbank, Frankfurt
The skyscraper is a symbol of aspiration and power - and an environmentally unsound energy guzzling monster. But in 1997 British superarchitect Norman Foster created a contradiction in terms - the world's first ecological tower and in doing so, The Commerzbank in Frankfurt has changed the construction of office buildings forever. This episode features a tour of the building and an extended conversation with its chief architect, Stefan Behling. DVD X3127

Seven World Trade Center, New York
No setting is more important in the history of office tower design than the famous skyline of Manhattan. After the 9/11 attacks scarred the cityscape, architects began to rethink the priorities involved in dramatically vertical building design. This episode profiles 7 World Trade Center, the first building to be constructed on Ground Zero. Viewers will encounter the structure's surprising shape-a result of changes in its downtown environment-and discover how the building has taken occupant safety to new levels with a thickened concrete core, stairwells 50 percent wider than code requirements, and a lobby with a blast-resistant glass facade. DVD X3128

Virtual Cairo: A History
Using computer simulation, the film traces the spatial development and morphological transformation of the historic core of Cairo up to the sixteenth century. [199-?] 24 min. Video/C 7747

Walks with an Architect: Dubai, Manama, Doha
Architect Roueida Ayache discusses the architecture, layout, and personality of three modern tourist cities noted for futuristic architecture along the Persian Gulf. 2004. 26 min. DVD 8906

Weird Art (America's weirdest homes. Volume 4.)
A tour of the wildest, wackiest and weirdest homes in North America. Visit Bulwinkle's in California, Forest sculptures in British Columbia, the Funny farm and other fascinating structures. Contents: Bulwinkle's -- Forest sculptures -- Clayton's robots -- House of Wunder -- Dick & Jane's -- Pearl Fryar's -- The Funny farm -- Andy's dummiys. c1999. 56 min. Video/C 8091

Western Tradition.
Fifty-two half hour programs covering the origins of Western civilization traces the development in politics, economics, industry, agriculture, art and philosophy in daily life from Egypt through the current day. 1989. 56 min. each. Video/C 1501-1525 For complete listing of series contents, see MRC Art videography.

Westminster Abbey.
History of the most famous Anglican church in the world. Traces its extraordinary past from the original building, started in 1066, through periods of neglect, to its present day position as the scene of great ceremonial occasions. 1988. 55 min. Video/C 2143

What's Wrong with This Building?
Explores the difficulties faced by contemporary architects in dealing with additions to important buildings. Examines Michael Graves's proposed addition to Marcel Breuer's Whitney Museum of American Art as the most controversial contemporary addition proposal in New York City. 1989. 28 min. Video/C MM308

Why the Towers Fell
After the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on Sept. 11, this documentary follows a blue ribbon team of forensic engineers as they search for clues that would tell them why the towers fell. From detailed examination of the building's original design to searching the scrap steel yards and Ground Zero itself for evidence, this is the most extensive disaster investigation ever undertaken. The team tested building materials, calculated the role of the jet fuel in the fire, estimated the speed of the aircraft and the damage to the building's core, and then analyzed the effectiveness of the escape and fire protection systems. Also includes interviews with survivors and rescue personnel. Originally broadcast in 2002 as a segment of: Nova. Special features: Access to special web features: Above the impact: a survivor's story ; towers of innovation, the collapse: an engineer's perspective ; outfitting firefighters ; the structure of metal ; a letter from the producer ; the FEMA report ; chapter search.c2002. 60 min. DVD 1305

Women and Architecture: Public Space, Public Work
Examines a century of women's involvement with architecture, particularly public architecture, both as designers and users. Looks at the public work of Louise Bethune, Julia Morgan, Denise Scott Brown, Wendy Foster, Zaha Hadid, and other esteemed female architects. Discusses the relative prestige of female architects and their creations as compared to their male counterparts. Considers whether women offer a particular style or awareness in architectural design distinct from that of their male colleagues. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 25 min. DVD 1600

Working: Interpretations of the Office
The accelerating rate of technological innovation is rapidly changing the design of the workplace. This program offers several interpretations of work environments by six leading contemporary designers. Interviews with designers Gaetano Pesce, Ross Lovegrove, Jean Nouvel, Antonio Citterio, Michele de Lucchi, and Jonathan Ive. 1999. 52 min. Video/C 9778

The World Of Tomorrow.
Describes the New York World's Fair held in 1939-1940. Shows various exhibits, featuring General Motors Futurama and the Westinghouse exhibit. Describes also the climate of the time, just after the Depression and before World War II. 1984. 58 min. Video/C 2879

The World Trade Center In Memoriam
Filmed just months prior to the September 11th terrorist attack, this video records the 27 year history of the World Trade Center towers and host, Harry Smith comments on it acting as a memorial to the their destruction. Examines the monument as architectural achievement, cultural icon and American symbol. Includes interviews, photos and archival footage of the construction of the towers. 2001. 55 min. DVD 5132

The World Trade Center: Rise and Fall of an American Icon
Discusses the construction, 27 year presence, and bombing destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City. Following the main program (ca. 95 min.) Harry Smith interviews Angus Kress Gillespie, author of a book about the World Trade Center. 2002. 100 min. DVD 5130

Ancient and Early Architecture and Building

Architectural Wonders
A ranked selection of ten architectural wonders in the world today. Includes the criteria used to select the architectural wonders and then describes each selection. The film begins with the tenth ranked structure and counts back to the top ranked number one. Contents: #10 Fallingwater (Pa.) -- #9 Machu Picchu -- #8 Empire State Building -- #7 Acropolis of Athens -- #6 Roman Coliseum -- #5 Brooklyn Bridge -- #4 Eiffel Tower -- #3 Taj Mahal -- #2 Great Wall of China -- #1 Pyramids of Giza. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 9877

Borobudur: Beyond the Reach of Time
Dating from a thousand years ago -- four centuries before the great Gothic cathedrals of Euorope -- the Buddhist temple of Borobudur stands in Java, a 400 feet square terraced pyramid festooned wth stone carvings and reliefs and featuring five hundred figures of Buddha. This documentary describes the history of Borobudur, and the current effort to clean, restore and renew this structure. 1983. 31 min. Video/C 9330

Capitalising Paris.
Paris has an urban plan and architectural style that has been emulated by other cities since the 17th century. Focusing on the great expansion and development which took place in the 16th and 17th centuries, this film explores how the city changed and grew: its buildings, streets, squares and the history behind the changes. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4271

Castle.
Presents an animated tale about a fictional thirteenth-century fortress and town built by King Edward I to subdue the rebellious Welsh. Dramatizes the building of the structure and portrays the lifestyle of the castle's inhabitants. Includes some live action sequences. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1394

Cathedral.
Follows planning and construction of a Gothic cathedral in the imaginary French town of Beaulieu during the 13th century. 1985. Host, David Macaulay. 58 min. Video/C 1395

Cathedrale De Reims.
Examines the history and artistry of the Reims Cathedral including stone sculptures dating from the 13th century, royal history connected to the cathedral, Henri Deneux's reconstruction of the roof, film footage from World War I, twelve generations ofstained glass window artists, and a view of the cathedral as seen by painters across the centuries. 1991. 50 min. Video/C 4094

Cathedrals.
The Gothic cathedral stands as a rich and complex design and the engineering behind these great testaments to faith has not changed dramatically in 900 years. In 1891, Charles Glover Gathers, a prominent Washington banker, promoted the idea of a national cathedral as a moral center. Thus rose the "Washington Cathedral" surpassing even Notre Dame and Chartres in size, as 12th and 20th century methods were combined to raise 300 million pounds of limestone. A&E Television Networks, 1995. 50 min. Video/C 9884

The Chaco Legacy.
Examines the inhabitants of Chaco Canyon in New Mexico and their high level of technical development achieved over 900 years ago. Shows their extensive water control system, the large network of roads they constructed and several mammoth structures they built. Includes a history of the different excavation projects. 1980. 59 min. Video/C 274

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Churches of the Philippines.
An Architectural and cultural tour of Philippine Baroque and Gothic churches and the first steel church, built between 1500 and 1890s by Augustinians, Franciscans, Jesuits in Luzon and the Visayas, and painted by Filipino and European masters. 1992. 48 min. Video/C 5105

Crete & Mycenae.
Presents photographs showing the archaeological findings at Knossos and elsewhere on Crete, as well as Mycenae on the Greek mainland, in order to compare the cultural history of the Minoan civilization with that of Mycenae. 1986, 1970. 54 min. Video/C 1016

The Early Renaissance.
Covers the revival and reinterpretation of the classical tradition in the works of Florentine artists Masaccio, Donatello, and Ghiberti. Discusses how these artists exemplify the merging of Christian and humanistic values. Examines the realism of Jan van Eyck and the spiritual crisis of northern Europe as revealed in Gruenwald's Isenheim altarpiece. Also discusses the spirit of the Renaissance as reflected in Albrecht Durer's work. Features experts John White and Colin Eisler. Part of the Art of the Western World series. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1677

Enigmas of Angkor: What Should We Preserve?
An architect and member of JSA (Japanese Government Team for Safeguarding Angkor) comments on the meaning of the symbols and architecture of Angkor Wat and efforts to safeguard and restore the historic site. [2002]. 22 min. Video/C 9308

The Forbidden City.
Lucy Jarvis, the first Westerner allowed to film inside China, shows us the mystery, opulence and grandeur of the Chinese civilization and the Forbidden City in Peking. 1987. Video/C 1141

French Romanesque Architecture and Sculpture. 1994. 47-49 min. each

Part I: Contents: Germigny-des-Pres (Centre), 806 much restored -- Jumieges (Haute-Normandie), Sainte-Pierre, 10th century -- Jumieges (Haute-Normandie), Notre Dame, 1014-1067 -- Cerisy-la-Foret (Basse-Normandie), (cont'd) Saint-Vigor, 1035-1087 -- Cane, Saint-Etienne (Basse-Normandie), 1067-1087 -- Saint-Martin-de-Boscherville (Haute-Normandie), Saint-Georges, ca.1125 -- Reims (Champagne), Saint-Henri, 1005-1049 -- Saint-Benoit-sur Loire (Centre), Abbey Church, 1004-1108. Video/C 4267

Part II: Tournus (Bourgogne) Saint-Philibert, 1020-1120 -- Paray-le-Monial (Bourgogne) Sacre-Coeur, ca. 1100 -- Autun (Bourgogne) Saint Lazare, 1120-1146 -- Saulieu (Bourgogne) Saint Andoche, sculpture ca.1119 --Vezelay (Bourgogne), La Madeleine, 1120-1145. Video/C 4268

Part III: Conques (Midi-Pyrenees) Ste-Foy, 1041-1080+ -- Issoire (Auvergne) St. Austremoine, ca.1150 -- Saint-Nectaire (Auvergne), 1160 -- Toulouse (Midi-Pyrenees) St.-Sernin, 1080-1096 -- Moissac (Midi-Pyrenees) Saint-Pierre, 1110-1115. Video/C 4269

Part IV: Cahors (Midi-Pyrenees) St. Etienne, ca.1100-1119+ -- Angouleme (Poitour Charantes) St. Peirre, 1105-1128+ -- Perigueux (Aquitaine) Saint Front, 1120-1173 -- Carennac (Midi-Pyrennes) St. Pierre, tympanum ca.1140 -- Collonges-le-Rouge (Limousin), tympanum ca.1150 -- Aulnay (Poitou Charentes) St. Pierre, 1119-1135 -- Melle (Poitou Charentes) St. Hilaire, ca.1100-1150 -- St. Jouin-de-Marnes (Poitou Charentes), 1095-1130. Video/C 4270

Glories of Angkor Wat
Abandoned by Cambodia's Khmer rulers in the fourteenth century, Angkor is a sprawling expanse of medieval temples -- with the awe-inspiring Angkor Wat as its crowning feature. This program takes viewers inside the structure, which, in addition to its rich historical significance, forms a fascinating record of astronomical knowledge and Hindu cosmology. Students will learn the story of Henri Mouhot, a young French naturalist who stumbled upon the ruins in 1856 and sparked an explosion of interest in them around the world. The video also examines a record of the lost civilization itself, written by a 13th-century Chinese envoy to Angkor when it was a wealthy, teeming metropolis. Dist.: Films Media Group. 53 min. DVD X5652

The Gothic
Traces British Gothic architecture from William the Conqueror's introduction of Romanesque styles and his effort supplant Saxon influences to the most decorated of the Gothic cathedrals and abbeys in later centuries. Featured structures include the cathedrals of Winchester, Hereford, Gloucester, Wells, Exeter, and Salisbury as well as Tintern, Malmesbury, and Tewkesbury abbeys. 1998. 50 min. DVD 6244

The Gothic Cathedral
Using a wide range of photographs and illustrations this program examines the remarkable evolution of construction techniques in medieval cathedral architecture in Central and Western Europe between the 12th and 16th centuries. 16 min. Video/C 8149

The Grain In The Stone.
Focuses on the architectural expressions of man throughout history. 1973. 52 min. Video/C 164

The Grand Shrines Of Ise.
The ceremonies and customs surrounding the Shinto shrines located at Ise, Japan are the focus of this documentary. The historical, architectural, and religious aspects of the shrines are also discussed. 198?. Video/C 1877

The Greek Temple.
Deals with the construction of the Greek temple, focusing on the evolution of the structure and decoration of temples in Magna Grecia through the Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian styles. Includes scenes of temples at Delphi, Paestum, Agrigento, Sounion, and the Acropolis. 1986. 54 min. Video/C 1012

The High Renaissance.
Covers key aspects of the High Renaissance, including the advent of the artist as genius (Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael), the rise of Rome as a center of artistic vitality, and Venetian preoccupation with the quality of light (Giorgione and Titian). Also examines the social turbulence of the late sixteenth century and the reinterpretation of classical architectural principles. Features experts Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt and Colin Eisler. Part of the Art of the Western World series. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1678

Imperial Rome and Ostia
This program examines the technology behind the architecture that characterizes imperial Rome and its transshipment centers, Ostia and Portus. Maps, city models, footage of historic sites and expert commentary reveal the feats of engineering that led to the construction of aqueducts, harbors, multistory tenement blocks, the Baths of Caracalla, the Pantheon and other marvels. 2001. 60 min. Video/C 9086

In the Shadow of Angkor Wat.
Highlights the ancient ruined city of Angkor and the nearby temple of Angkor Wat. Details the architecture, emphasizing the extensive bas reliefs found on the temple. c1997.55 min. Video/C 5161

The Incas.
Chronicles the Inca civilization and how it was built up into one of the best run civilizations ever. Also explores how current archaeologists are attempting to better understand the inner workings of this impressive civilization. 1980. 60 min. Video/C 275

The Jeweled City
This program offers a narrated tour of the Cathedral of Chartres built from 1150 to 1220, along with a historical portrait of the political and religious fervor of the Medieval architects who saw it through to completion. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1998. 50 min. Video/C 5565

Monastery of Mount Sinai: Where God Walked on Earth
A visit to the Greek Orthodox monastery on Mt. Sinai, the oldest surviving monastery in the world. 1985. 53 min. Video/C 6046

The Mystery Of The Anasazi.
Inquires into the mystery of the unknown builders of ruins discovered by the Navajo Indians 300 years ago. Considers questions such as who these people were, what happened to them, and why they disappeared. A segment from the television program Nova. 1976. 59 min. Video/C 258

Myths And The Moundbuilders.
The huge earthworks and mounds scattered through the eastern half of the United States prompted people in the nineteenth century to speculate that a lost civilization had preceded the Indians then living among the mounds. Though we've known for some time that the ancestors of those Indians actually built the mounds, archaeologists are still exploring their contents for a better understanding of their builders. 1981. 60 min. Video/C 346

Palladio: Venetian Palazzos & Villas.
Film pays tribute to the masterful palazzos and villas of Andrea di Pietro della Gondola, better known as Palladio (1508-1580). A master stonemason, great scholar, and brilliant architect, Paladio fused his profound love of classical form with a constant inventiveness that stressed subtlety of proportion, composition, and equilibrium. In this tape, viewers are taken on a detailed tour of the interiors and exteriors of Palladio's greatest architectural triumphs, from his early Basilica in Vicenza to the majestic villas he built in the Venetian countryside and the great Venetian church of San Giorgio Maggiore. 1991 30 min. Video/C 5163

Pulguksa, Sokkuram
Video tour of Pulguksa, one of Korea's most famous Buddhist temples, and Sokkuram, an artifical stone temple atop Mt. T'ohanisan, which contains a famous statute of the Buddha. c2000. 15 min. Video/C 8299

Pyramid.
Colorful animation and live-action sequences tell the story of the planning and construction of the pyramid of Giza. Host: Host, David Macaulay. Based on the author's book of the same title. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2142

Realms Of Light: The Baroque.
Examines the divergent themes of the Baroque period, including a new emotional appeal as seen in Bernini's The Ecstasy of St. Teresa, Caravaggio's naturalism, Velasquez's multilayered works, and the rise of bourgeois values as seen in Rembrandt's works. Features experts Irving Lavin and Simon Schama. Part of the Art of the Western world series. 1989. Performer, Michael Wood. 60 min. Video/C 1679

The Role Of Theatre In Ancient Greece.
Examines the design of ancient theaters, e.g. Herodus Atticus, Epidauros, Corinth and many others. 1989. 26 min. Video/C 3170

Roman City
The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in Roman City, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. This animated and live-action film recounts the construction and conflicts in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-planned town with all modern conveniences, it is threatened by conflict between conquerors and conquered. Macaulay examines how the Roman Empire linked Western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa into a commercial and political unit based on their cities. He visits Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Nimes, Orange, and Rome, to view actual Roman architecture and engineering greatness. Based on the book City by David Macaulay; produced and directed by Larry Klein 1994. 60 min. DVD 7152

Spirits of the State: Japan's Yasukuni Shrine
Tokyo's Yasukuni shrine honors and venerates the spirits of Japanese soldiers and officers, including convicted and executed war criminals. This program explores the history of the Shinto shrine, the complexity of its functions, and the controversies generated when political leaders appear there. 2005. 28 min. DVD 5142

This Old Pyramid.
This program reveals the ancient secret of how the pyramids were built by actually building one. A noted Egyptologist, Mark Lehner, and a professional stonemason, Roger Hopkins, join forces in the shadow of the great pyramid of Giza to put clever and sometimes bizarre pyramid construction theories to the test. 1992. 90 min. Video/C 3444

300 Years of Housing
Examines trends, styles, and examples of housing and construction materials in England from the 1600s to the late 1900s. 2002. 28 min. DVD 3109

Toledo.
A visit to one of the world's greatest edifices, the magnificent palace and monastery of El Escorial, built by King Phillip II in the 16th century, and a stop in Toledo, to see Moorish architecture, El Greco's home and his exquisite paintings. 198-. 42 min. Video/C 5101

Tsubaki Grand Shrine: A Shrine For All Seasons.
This documentary focuses on a year in the life of one of Japan's oldest and greatest Shinto shrines, the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (the first shrine in the ancient province of Ise). Various rituals, ceremonies, and celebrations are held at the shrine throughout the year. 1990. 40 min. Video/C 1878

A White Garment Of Churches.
Examines Romanesque and Gothic churches as evidence of the values of the societies that created them. Shows the affect of monasticism and pilgrimage on Romanesque church architecture. Uses Gislebertus's sculpture at St. Lazare in Autun to show the medieval focus on heaven and the afterlife. The Gothic architecture, sculpture, and stained glass at St. Denis and Chartres are discussed as evidence of a new theology and profound social changes during the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Features experts Paul Crossley, William Clark, and Anne Prache. Part of the Art of the Western World series. 1989. 60 min. Video/C 1676 For complete listing of series contents, see MRC Art videography.

Architecture, Planning and Design: Videos About Individual Architects, Planners, and Designers

[Alto, Alvar] Alvar Aalto: Technology and Nature
Looks at the life and work of Alvar Aalto and examines his creative style in the context of his time, the traditions he inherited, and the country and climate in which he lived. Throughout his long career, Aalto's work embraced almost all the key public institutions as well as public and private housing. In the 1930's and 40's, almost single-handedly, Aalto made Finland a place of pilgrimage for all who sought the aesthetic possibility of the new architecture. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1996. 59 min. Video/C 5374

[Alto, Alvar]Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

[Alto, Alvar] Alvar Aalto.
Gives an overview of the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, including examples of his architecture in private residences, industrial buildings, churches, government offices, campuses, university buildings, cultural centers and town plans in various parts of Finland. 199-?. Video/C 2952

[Ando, Tadao] Making the Modern
This compelling documentary presents events surrounding the design and creation of a new home for the 110-year old Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Elements of the story include a visionary Japanese architect, Tadao Ando; an ambitious museum design; and an innovative construction team. 2003. 60 min. DVD 2470

[Ando, Tadao] Tadao Ando.
Tadao Ando, one of Japan's most innovative architects, comments on his architectural philosophy and achievements. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1989. Video/C 2015

[Ban, Shigeru]Shigeru Ban: An Architect for Emergencies /
The film shows the construction of Ban's prefab designs for temporary but surprisingly attractive housing for earthquake victims in Turkey. Shigeru Ban also provides stunning views of many of Ban's major buildings, whose design concepts he explains in voice-over commentary, including the massive Japanese Pavilion for the 2000 Exposition in Hanover, Germany; the Paper Dome in Gero, Japan; the House with Double Roof in Yamanaka Lake, Japan; the Miyake Design Studio Gallery, the Hanegi Forest Home and the Ivy Structure 2 in Tokyo; the GC Building in Osaka; the Paper Church in Kobe; and the 9 Square Grids House in Hadano. A film by Michel Quinejure. 2000. 52 min. DVD 6735

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[Belluschi, Pietro] "No Perfect Answers": The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi.
Provides a visual tour of Belluschi's early homes and churchs; simple, modern designs that define the unique architectural style of the Pacific Northwest. Rich with comments from Belluschi himself, the film also features interviews with a number of noted architects, g I.M. Pei and Philip Johnson. It also explores the architecture of the Equitable Building, New York's Lincoln Center, the controversial Pan Am Building and Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco. 1996. 60 min. DVD 5472; vhs Video/C 5375

[Bernini] Bernini Architect.
Although Bernini is seen by history as primarily a scuptor, more than any other architect in Rome, he restored the city from a dowdy medieval town to the Eternal City. In his architectural designs he had some Renaissance jewels to guide him, such as the work of Michelangelo and many ancient monuments. He was a classicist in the Roman tradition, but he combined elements in new original ways, marking his buildings with the signature of his genius. This video explores many of his most important projects for buildings and city planning which form much of the character of modern Rome. 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5213

[Borromini]Borromini.
This video examines many of the most important buildings of the 17th century architect, Borromini. It explains the designs and the originality of his projects and also explores the controversy surrounding Borromini's opposition to Bernini, who was the virtual ruler of Roman architectural policy at that time. 1996. 35 min. Video/C 5214

[Brown, Denise Scott] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenmann. Interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

[Brown, Denise Scott] Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
This production delves into the philosophy and work of two of America's most controversial architects, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The film introduces their most important works, including: the Vanna Venturi House, Princeton's Wu Hall, and Thomas Labs; the Guild House. Central to the film is the initial design phase and presentation of their most prestigious commission to date - the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 2101

[Brown, Lancelot "Capability" ] Capability Brown.
Documentary tour of some historic estates designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the most fashionable English landscape architect of the 18th century. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1984. Video/C 2295

[Colter, Mary Jane] Mary Jane Colter: The Desert View.
Since 1905 the Grand Canyon National Park has been the showcase for the architecture of Mary Jane Colter. Designed to blend with the environment and to reflect the history of indigenous cultures, these hotels, gift shops and viewing places are testaments to the superb vision of Mary Jane Colter, chief architect for the Fred Harvey Company. c1996. 53 min. Video/C 7634

[Colter, Mary Jane] Mary Jane Colter: House Made of Dawn.
Presents the life and work of Arts and Crafts era architect and designer Mary Jane Colter. Working for the Fred Harvey Company, she designed numerous structures in the American Southwest such as the Hopi House, the Hermit's Rest, and the Bright Angel Lodge and Cabins in the Grand Canyon. Includes extensive commentary from critics, voice-over narrations of Colter's words, and quotations from newspapers and magazines about Colter's work. c1997. 90 min. Video/C 7914

[Corbusier] Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

[Corbusier] Le Corbusier.
Deals with the life and works of the architect Le Corbusier. Explains his revolutionary ideas on architecture and urban renewal and shows their practical application in his most important buildings in Europe and Asia. 1986, 1970. 46 min. Video/C 1014

[Corbusier] Le Corbusier: Villa La Roche
A descriptive architectural promenade through the Villa La Roche designed as part art gallery, part residence for Raoul La Roche by Le Corbusier in Paris during the 1920's. 1991. 25 min. Video/C 5372

[Corbusier] Le Corbusier: Villa Savoye.
Presents a detailed study of Villa Savoye, designed by Le Corbusier. Discusses many ideas and themes used by the architect in his work. 1975. 25 min. Video/C 5372

[Eames, Charles and Ray] Eames: The Architect and the Painter
The husband-and-wife team of Charles and Ray Eames were America's most influential and important industrial designers. Admired for their creations and fascinating as individuals, they have risen to iconic status in American culture. This documentary draws from a treasure trove of archival material, as well as new interviews with friends, colleagues, and experts to capture the personal story of Charles and Ray while placing them firmly in the context of their times. Directors: Jason Cohn, Bill Jersey. 2011. 82 min. DVD X6830

[Eames, Charles and Ray] The Films of Charles & Ray Eames.
SEE Documentary Classics videography

[Eisenmann, Peter] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenmann. Interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

[Erskine, Ralph] Ralph Erskine.
Chronicles the life and work of British born architect Ralph Erskine, with particular emphasis on development of his unique brand of socially oriented architecture. This tape visits many of the projects, including a student center/library in Sweden, designed by Erskine during his forty year career. Filmed in Sweden, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 2261

[Esherick, Joseph] Joseph Esherick Memorial.
The 30 January 1999 memorial service honoring California architect and University of California professor, Joseph Esherick. 95 min. Video/C 6215

[Foster, Norman] Norman Foster.
This program explores the extraordinary range of work undertaken by the British architect Norman Foster, looking in particular at his work in progress and recent successes: the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Carre dArt in Nimes, Stansted Airport, the Lycee Albert Camus in Frejus. In addition to Foster himself, the program features interviews with the architect's current and former partners and colleagues. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1995. 51 min. Video/C 8385

[Foster, Norman]How Much Does Your Building Weigh, Mr. Foster?
The film traces the rise of one of the world's premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are emblematic projects such as Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever built in Millau, France. Directed by Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas. c2011. 88 min. DVD X7255

[Fuller, R. Buckminster] The World Of Buckminster Fuller
Architect, inventor, scientist, teacher, philosopher,creator of the geodesic dome and the Dymaxion car, Buckminster Fuller has been called 'the Leonardo da Vinci of our times.' This biographical video portrait depicts both the multi-faceted man and examples of his visionary work. Co-directors, Robert Snyder, Baylis Glascock. Originally released as a documentary in 1971. 85 min. DVD X3458; Video/C 4091

[Garnier, Charles]Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi,Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

[Gaudi, Antonio] Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

[Gaudi, Antonio] Antoni Gaudi.
A spellbinding visual journey through the enchanted world of the great Spanish architect whose work influenced such artists as Picasso, Miro and Dali. The film follows every curve of Gaudi's colorful, organic and even erotic architecture. The haunting score by Toru Takemitsu helps bring the fantastical visions of this architectural celebrity to life. 1984. 72 min. Video/C 5656

[Gaudi, Antonio] Antoni Gaudi, 1852-1926: My House Is A Tree.
Tour of the architectural works in Barcelona of Antoni Gaudi, Spain's most famous architect, which represent the Spanish art nouveau style known as El Modernismo. 1991. 51 min. Video/C 2491

[Gaudi, Antonio] Gaudi.
Depicts the architecture of Antoni Gaudi (1853-1926) described as neo-gothic, art-nouveau, organic, and neo-Catalan. The unique "case" of Gaudi is thoroughly examined in this video with attention to both his aesthetic and technical innovations that enriched Barcelona's urban landscape during the boom years of the Catalan renaissance. 1992. 25 min. Video/C 5162

[Gehry, Frank] Birth of an Icon: Frank Gehry's Disney Hall.
Construction of Disney Hall, the new home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra is finally completed. Architect Frank Gehry comments on how he designed the concert hall using 3-D computer modeling, while the Philharmonic's executive director and two musicians extol the virtures of master acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota's efforts. Sounding a dissonant note is urban planning critic, Sam Hall Kaplan, who calls L.A.'s new signature civic icon an elitist misuse of money better spent on numerous smaller renewal projects. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 11 min. DVD 2937

[Gehry, Frank] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenmann. Interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

[Gehry, Frank] A Constructive Madness: Wherein Frank Gehry & Peter Lewis Spend a Fortune and a Decade, End Up with Nothing and Change the World.
Documents Frank Gehry's work on the never-built Peter B. Lewis residence. By the time his client finally cancelled the commission unbuilt nine years later, a $5 million suburban home had mushroomed into an $80 million mansion/museum, driven by Gehry's insatiable fascination with the affair. The project catalyzed the transformation of Gehry's precocious talent into a wholly original artistic vision which served as a laboratory for other structures, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. 2003. 60 min. DVD 3225

[Gehry, Frank] Frank Gehry.
This film captures an important junction in the architectural career of Frank Gehry; the quantum leap from small commissions for private clients to large projects for corporations. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1987. 57 min. Video/C 2248

[Gehry, Frank]Frank Gehry: Architecture as Art
This program captures the essence of Frank Gehry and his iconoclastic creations. The Davis studio and residence, Loyola Law School, the Edgemar Development, the Chiat/Day Building, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, and the DG Bank Building are features, among many others. Gehry's love of motion, aesthetic exuberance, and dynamic language of design are considered, along with the seven constants that characterize his works. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 55 min. DVD 6734

[Gehry, Frank] Frank Gehry: Architecture in Motion.
An iconoclast with great reverence for the past, Frank Gehry is constantly breaking new ground. Experimenting with new and nontraditional materials, he has changed the vernacular of architecture and furniture design. In this program architects, artists, critics and Gehry himself discuss the philosophy of his architecture and furniture design, and explain the ideas behind a selection of his works. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1996. 45 min. Video/C 5369

[Gehry, Frank] Frank Gehry: Bilbao and Before.
A portrait of Canadian born architect Frank Gehry, whose buildings present inviting curves that appear to be always pushing forwards and outwards. The colors and materials for his creations, from brilliant titanium to chain link, astonish and delight, seamlessly integrating with the structure so the entire building exudes bristling energy. This film presents designs of Gehry's buildings worldwide, from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao to the Ginger and Fred building in Prague, to the Team Disney building in Anaheim and others. c1998. 57 min. Video/C 7708

[Gehry, Frank] Frank Gehry Uncensored
An interview with architect Frank Gehry, in which he discusses his design of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. He talks about what he considers ugly architecture, his desire to incorporate motion and feelings into the buildings he designs, and the relationship of architecture to the modern city. Includes interior and exterior footage of the Guggenheim. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 31 min. Video/C 7189

[Gehry, Frank] Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Architect Frank Gehry's extraordinary building in the Basque country of northern Spain resembles a gigantic abstract sculpture in titanium, glass and limestone. Its luminous exterior is as visually stimulating as the cathedral-like atrium and the organic forms of the galleries--an artful complement to the building's artistic contents. In this film Gehry discusses his design approach and the architectural evolution of the museum, from sketches, to computerized blueprints, to the completed project. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 33 min. Video/C 6798

[Gehry, Frank]Sketches of Frank Gehry
A look inside the mind of the most acclaimed and controversial architects of the twentieth century, Frank Gehry. Rebelling against the status quo, Gehry's struggle to create the impossible has resulted in such contemporary masterpieces as the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the stunning Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. A film by by Sydney Pollack. Originally produced in 2005; originally broadcast in 2006 on the television program American masters. 84 min. DVD 6413

[Gill, Irving J.] Fundamental Truths: The Architecture of Irving J. Gill.
Presents the life and work of Irving J. Gill, turn of the century San Diego architect who valued simplicity, craftsmanship and harmony with nature. Archival footage, interviews with architects and historians, and outstanding examples of his work are featured. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 7526

[Goodale, David] Compact & Balanced Development.
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

[Graves, Robert] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenman. Video/C 1939

[Green, Charles; Green Henry] Greene & Greene: The Art of Architecture
During the heyday of the Arts and Crafts Movement in America, Charles and Henry Greene took an intensely artistic approach to the design of houses and interiors, creating some of the most beautiful residences in the history of domestic architecture. This film chronicles the lives of these remarkable brothers, featuring more than fifteen residences and exploring the Greenes' passionate interest in creating fully planned living environments. Woodwork, furniture, lighting fixtures, tile, rugs and art glass are all included. 2003. 57 min. DVD 3621

[Griffin, Marion Mahony and Griffin, Walter Burley] City of dreams : the collaboration of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin
When the first registered woman architect Marion Mahony married a fellow architect Walter Burley Griffin, it marked the beginning of one of the most outstanding artistic collaborations of the 20th century. In 1912, this visionary American couple won a controversial international competition to design the new Australian capital in Canberra. Though the city of their dreams was never fully realized, the Griffins chose to stay in Australia and went on to design almost 300 buildings around the country in the appreciation of nature. This documentary weaves the couples personal and professional lives, explores their remarkable and sometimes tempestuous relationship, their struggle with unyielding bureaucracy and the philosophies that underscored their life and work. c2000. 55 min. Video/C 9638

[Gullichsen, Kristian] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Hadid, Zaha]A Day with Zaha Hadid.
Architect Zaha Hadid discusses her current work while taking the camera through her retrospective exhibition "Zaha Hadid has Arrived" at Vienna's MAK, a museum for design and contemporary art. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 52 min. DVD 5602

[Halprin, Lawrence] Lawrence Halprin--Environmental Designer.
Lawrence Halprin talks about his philosophy and ideas concerning environmental planning and design. Examples of his work in Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis and other cities are presented. 1975. 29 min. Video/C 656

[Hawkinson, Laurie] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Hejduk, John] John Hejduk, Builder Of Worlds: A Conversation With David Shapiro.
Interview with influential architect and teacher, John Hejduk. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1991. 28 min. Video/C 2263

[Herzog, Jaques] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Herzog, Jaques; Meuron, Pierre de] Architects Herzog & de Meuron: Two Films by Beat Kuert
Tate Modern focuses on Herzog & de Meuron's high-profile project to convert a disused London power station into a contemporary art museum. Contents: Die Architekten Herzog & de Meuron = The alchemy of building (52 min., c2004, dubbed in English) / ein film von Beat Kuert ; produktion, Al Castello Produzioni Cinematografiche -- Tate Modern (25 min., c2000) / an Al Castello Produzioni Cinematografiche production ; [a film by Beat Kuert]. 59 min. DVD X3037

[Holl, Steven] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. 1993. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Hubbard, Elbert] Elbert Hubbard
Biographical portrait of Elbert Hubbard who founded the Roycroft artisan community in East Aurora, NY. Known for his eccentric style, ego, sharp wit, and pointed criticism, Hubbard was a leader in the arts and crafts movement of the early 20th century. Bonus segments: The Roycroft campus today; Artisan spotlight: Tom Pafk; The Gamble House; Byrdcliffe artist colony; Craftsman Farms; The Lusitania. Directed by Paul Lamont. c2009. 60 min. DVD X2586

[Isozaki, Arata] Arata Isozaki.
Describes the philosophy and work of Japanese architect, Arata Isozaki. Shows the blend of ancient and modern, of Japanese and foreign elements in his designs. This film follows Isozaki as he revisits the most important buildings of his career, one of which is the Fujimi Country Club, designed in the s80s, including LA's Museum of Contemporary Art, Hara àbsession with golf. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. c1985. 58 min. Video/C 1940

[Isozaki, Arata]Arata Isozaki II
Profiles some of Isozaki's major projects of the 1980s, including LA's Museum of Contemporary Art, Hara Museum, Mito Art Hall in Japan, New York's Palladium, the Disneyworld Headquarters in Florida and the Barcelona Sports Palace. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. c1991. 58 min. Video/C 2384

[James, Edward] Edward James: Builder of Dreams
A journey into the world of the Surrealists as the life and accomplishments of the surrealist collector, poet, and architect Edward James unfolds. For the last 20 years of his life, aided by 40 fulltime laborers and draftsmen, he built one of the biggest and yet least known architectural monuments of the 20th century, dedicated to Surrealism and hidden in the jungles of Mexico. c1995. 58 min. Video/C MM769

[Johnson, Philip] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenmann. Interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

[Johnson, Philip] Philip Johnson.
An interview with architect Philip Johnson, "innovator of the International Style and proponent of Post-Modernism, reflects on his current passion with concrete, the emotional power of architecture, his place in the architecture hierarchy, his philosophy of life, and his heartfelt regret for ever having been involved with politics. Originally aired as a segment of The news hour with Jim Lehrer. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1999. 13 min. Video/C 8387

[Johnson, Philip] Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect
Philip Johnson discusses various periods of his work from his home in New Canaan, Connecticut. Here he built the famous "Glass House" which has no walls, where he still resides. We visit the house as well as the guest house which has no windows though it is light, and the gallery which houses Johnson's extensive collection of contemporary art on its revolving walls. The film also shows Johnson at work and the importance of the architectural act, the actual construction and how the buildings interact with their environment. 1996. 55 min. Video/C 7405

[Johnson, Philip]Philip Johnson: Self Portrait
America's pre-eminent senior architect wittily discusses his life, his work, his critics and his aesthetic. Filmed over a period of ten years in many locations that evoke Johnson's long, brilliant and controversial career the documentary includes a private tour of Johnson's painting and sculpture collections and his private design studio. Interviewing him is the celebrated arts lecturer and writer, Rosamond Bernier. 1996. 55 min. Video/C MM292

[Kahn, Louis]Thoughts on Architecture and Personal Expression: An Informal Presentation to Students at Berkeley, 1966

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[Kahn, Louis] My Architect
Nathaniel Kahn documents the life and works of his father, Louis Kahn. Louis Kahn had an "official" family, including his wife Esther and daughter Sue Ann. He had two other secret families: with fellow architect Anne Tyng he had a daughter, Alexandra, and with his colleague Harriet Pattison he had Nathaniel. 2003. 116 min. DVD 3670

Awards
Directors Guild of America - Outstanding Directorial Achievement
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

[Kahn, Louis] Louis Kahn: Architect
Shows a number of buildings designed by the architect Louis I. Kahn, including the Yale University Art Gallery, the Salk Institute in San Diego, and dormitories in Bryn Mawr. 1972. A film by Paul Falkenberg and Hans Namuth. 28 min. DVD 9521 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5301

[Kahn, Louis] Louis Kahn: An Offering to Architecture
This film presents Louis Kahn's mature work, and the qualities of talent and character that made him such an outstanding architect. The voice of Kahn himself provides narration for the film, using excerpts from audio recordings of the many talks he gave around the world. 1992. 58 min. Video/C 8095

[Kahn, Louis] Spent Light: Louis Kahn & the Salk Institute.
Depicts the inspiration and planning of Louis Kahn in the design and building of the Salk Institute. 1993. 26 min. DVD 9520 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 5370

[Keck And Keck] Keck And Keck Architects.
Part 1: work prior to 1940; Part 2: 1940-1980s. Presents exteriors, interiors, and plans of thirty Keck projects, from mansions and residences to high-rises. Depicts the technical development and esthetic exploration undertaken by the firm from the 1920s through the 1980s. 1993. 144 min. (2 Video cassettes). Video/C 2695

[Kieran, Stephen] KieranTimberlake
KieranTimberlake, founded by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, is a recognized leader in the "green" architecture movement. Based in Philadelphia, the firm has been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles with offsite construction for the mass customization of houses. The film focuses on Loblolly House, built in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland in 2007, and also the Cellophane House, a specially commissioned design for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008. Contents: Loblolly House (2007) -- Cellophane House (2008). Directed and edited by Tom Piper. c2009 26 min., 47 sec. DVD X5701

[Kollhoff, Hans] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Koolhaas, Rem] Lagos/Koolhaas
The film follows noted architect Rem Koolhaas during his research in Lagos over a period of two years are he wandered the city, talking with people about the problems of city life. But instead of judging the city doomed, he is able to interpret the "culture of congestion" positively. 2003. 55 min. DVD 3537

[Koolhaas, Rem] Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect
Rarely has an architect caused as much sensation outside of the architecture community as Rem Koolhaas. His outstanding creations such as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, the Seattle Library, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Porto, and the Guggenheim Heritage Museum in Las Vegas are working examples of the Dutchman's visionary theories about architecture and urban society ... an engaging portrait of a visionary man which takes us to the heart of his ideas. Bonus: Interview with Koolhaas (52 min.); Ariel view of Casa da Musica (11 min.). Directors: Markus Heidingsfelder and Min Tesch. 2010. 97 min. DVD X3876

[Kostof, Spiro]Lectures From Architecture 170 Class, UCB, 1991.
Parts 1-26. DVD 4119; also VHS Video/C 2388

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[Kostof, Spiro] U.C. Berkeley Commencement Address, Spring 1987: Spiro Kostof
Presents film coverage of the Spring 1987 commencement address by UCB Professor of Architecture, Spiro Kostof. DVD 4121

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[Kurokawa, Kisho] Kisho Kurokawa: From Metabolism To Symbiosis.
Provides interviews with the architect Kisho Kurokawa. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 3081

[Libeskind, Daniel]Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767

[Libeskind, Daniel]Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind
Architect Daniel Libeskind and journalist Alan Riding tour the Jewish Museum in Berlin, designed by Libeskind. During the walking tour Libeskind lays bare the entire architectural and philosophical concept of the building, an absolutely unique construct of innovation, intellectual prowess, and direct allusions to the lives and work of Berlin's pre-Nazi population of Jewish literati and artists. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 2003. 58 min. Video/C MM912

[Libeskind, Daniel] Daniel Libeskind: Welcome to the 21st Century
Presents the views of controversial architect Daniel Libeskind and some of his supporters, as well as more skeptical looks at his work. Includes discussion of the Jewish Museum Berlin, The Spiral, his visionary addition to London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the Imperial War Museum--North, and the Felix Nussbaum House. 1999. 50 min. Video/C 9529

[Libeskind, Daniel]Defying Gravity: Three Documentaries /
Selection of the architect -- Spatial dance -- Defying gravity. Three documentaries on the design, construction and installation of the Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, at the Denver Art Museum. c2006. 110 min. DVD 6699

[Lin, Maya]A Conversation with Maya Lin
One of the rare few who have managed to excel in both art and architecture, Maya Lin creates places of refuge and contemplation in highly public spaces. Constructed on an intimite human scale, they invite visitors to touch, feel, respond and reflect. In this program, the acclaimed sculptor and architect talks with Bill Moyers about a life and career that has been shaped by her Chinese-American heritage and a profound respect and love for the natural environment. Originally broadcast on the television program A world of ideas with Bill Moyers. Dist.: Films Media Group. 55 min. Video/C 9722

[Lin, Maya] Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision.
Reveals the origins of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and tells the story of its 21 year old creator, a Yale architecture student. Lin's plan was selected from over 1,000 different designs. And what began as one of the country's most bitterly disputed monuments became one of the world's most inspirational and frequently visited memorials. Focuses on the emotional impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Civil Rights Memorial and other works designed by Lin. 1994. 98 min. DVD 1996; also VHS Video/C 4359

Awards
Academy Award - Best Documentary, Features

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[Lollini, Tom] Compact & Balanced Development.
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

[Mackintosh, Charles Rennie] Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Describes the life and work of Scottish artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The film also shows a major retrospective of his work mounted by the Glasgow Museums' McLellan Galleries. Produced and directed by Richard Downs. 1996. 45 min. DVD X1216

[Mack, Mark] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Mayne, Tom] Thom Mayne, Morphosis: U.S. Federal Office Building, San Francisco, CA
The Pritzker-prize winning architect Thom Mayne has been identified with muscular, bold, steel-and-glass design since founding his firm, Morphosis, in 1971. With the Federal Office Building in San Francisco, Mayne proves that innovative and sustainable architecture can be introduced successfully into a building type once considered predictable and boring. In this tour of the dramatic high-rise building, Mayne takes us through the many awe-inspiring spaces, including the main lobby, upper-level offices, and an elevated outdoor bridge. During this compelling visit, the architect's engaging remarks about various green features also provides added insight into the building's inner workings. New York: Checkerboard Film Foundation, c2008. 28 min. DVD X4419

[Mayne, Tom] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Meier, Richard] Richard Meier.
Richard Meier speaks about his buildings and his philosophy of architecture. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1985. 59 min. Video/C 2260

[Mendelsohn, Eric] Eric Mendelsohn: Visions And Revisions.
Documentary exploring the life and work of painter and architect Eric Mendelsohn. 1977. Narrator, Charles Levy. Video/C 683 NRLF #: B 3 969 279

[Meuron, Pierre de; Herzog, Jaques] Architects Herzog & de Meuron: Two Films by Beat Kuert
Tate Modern focuses on Herzog & de Meuron's high-profile project to convert a disused London power station into a contemporary art museum. Contents: Die Architekten Herzog & de Meuron = The alchemy of building (52 min., c2004, dubbed in English) / ein film von Beat Kuert ; produktion, Al Castello Produzioni Cinematografiche -- Tate Modern (25 min., c2000) / an Al Castello Produzioni Cinematografiche production ; [a film by Beat Kuert]. 59 min. DVD X3037

[Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig]The Barcelona Pavilion
Using old photographs and digitally restored archival newsreels, Mies van der Rohe's Pavilion for the German government in Barcelona's 1929 International Exposition is shown. Live footage captures the reconstruction of the building on its original site. 1990. 17 min. Video/C MM771

[Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig]Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe (Ordinaire ou super, regards sur Mies van der Rohe)
Featuring stylish cinematography and an evocative jazz score, this documentary illustrates many of the classic buildings by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, combining these striking facades with observations from some architecture superstars, including Rem Koolhaas, Elizabeth Diller and Phyllis Lamber, which are interlaced with anecdotes from customers and neighbors, plus comments from his biographer and family members. Directed by Joseph Hillel and Patrick Demers. 2004. 57 min. DVD 4513

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[Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig] Mies.
A critical portrait of the architect, commemorating the centennial of his birth in 1886. Recently rediscovered, rare film footage allows Mies to explain his philosophy and approach to design. Revisits sites of Mies most innovative work including the Illinois Institute of Technology campus in Chicago, the first campus designed entirely by one person since Jefferson's University of Virginia, and the Nationalgalerie in Berlin, his last work and perhaps greatest accomplishment in the use of the clear span design. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1985. 58 min. Video/C 1941

[Murano, Togo] Architect Togo Murano: His House And His Works.
Video/C 2088

[Mockbe, Samuel] The Home Maker: Samual "Sambo" Mockbee
Profile of architect Samuel "Sambo" Mockbee and his Rural Studio Project at Auburn University. Spotlights Mockbee's use of unusual materials and designs to build homes for both affluent and poverty-stricken people. Includes commentary from Mockbee, his clients, and his friends. Originally broadcast January 7, 2002 as a segment of the television program Nightline. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2002. 22 min. Video/C 9531

[Moses, Robert] The World That Moses Built.
Examines the career of Robert Moses the "master builder" of the century. Shows that his public project not only shaped the landscape of New York City but influenced urban areas across the nation. 1988. 60 min. DVD X3813 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1534

[Murai, Garret] Compact & Balanced Development.
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

[Nash, John] John Nash and London.
Describes John Nash's contribution to the renewal of London, England, through his designs for Regent Street and Regent's Park, which wove together monumental plazas, commercial streets, and human-scale blocks of housing. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2592

[Neumann, Balthasar]Balthasar Neumann: Vom Glockengiesser zum Architekten in Wurzburg
A documentary on the life and work of the German architect Balthasar Neumann and his most imposing work the "Wurzburg Residence," which he constructed for the prince-bishop. Shows other examples of Neumann's art which extended far beyond the boundaries of Bavaria. In German. 1986. 17 min. Video/C 8701

[Neutra, Richard] VDL Research House: Richard Neutra's Studio and Residence
The VDL Research House was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1932 and served as his studio and residence for the rest of his career. Uniquely among his projects, it represented the three major phases of his aesthetic development. It exemplified his early works, which featured compact volumes in white or silver, with thin surfaces and bands of windows. The Garden house built behind the VDL house in 1939 shows an emphasis on indoor/outdoor living, with its large windows and deep overhangs, typical of his work in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The original house was destroyed by fire in 1963 and rebuilt in 1966. Neutra's post-war work reflected his interest in environmental design, seen in the VDL House II with its use of site and climate responsive features. Special features: 40 min. documentary film on VDL I & II; additional interviews with Lauren Weiss Bricker, Director, Archives/Special Collections at Caifornia State Polytechnic University, Pomona, College of Environmental Design, and Judith Sheine, Chair of Architecture; Appearances by Neutra's sons Dion and Raymond, historian Thomas Hines and Neutra associate John Blanton; Includes an interactive tour featuring photographs, drawings and virtual reality panoramas for 360° viewing; Includes archive of original VDL I & II construction drawings and Neutra's travel sketches; historical photographs by Julius Shulman. DVD X2925

[Nouvel, Jean] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Pei, I. M.] First Person Singular: I. M. Pei.
Architect I. M. Pei leads viewers through the Louvre, the National Gallery of Art, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Bank of China, the Meyerson Symphony Center, the Miho Museum and other examples of his life's work. He discusses his work in China; his years at MIT and Harvard; how he worked with such demanding clients as Jacqueline Kennedy, William Zeckendorf, Francois Mitterand and Paul Mellon; and his innermost philosophy and principles. 1997. 90 min. DVD 3652; also VHS Video/C 5165

[Pei, I. M.] I. M. Pei, Building China Modern
Entering the twilight of his career, Pei returns to his ancestral home of Suzhou, China to work on his most personal project do date. He is commissioned to build a modern museum in the city's oldest neighborhood which is populated by classical structures from the Ming and Qing dynasties. The enormous task is to help advance China architecturally without compromising its heritage. In the end, what began as his greatest challenge and a labor of sentiment, says Pei, ultimately becomes 'my biography'. Extras: (95 min.) interviews with I. M. Pei, architect Charles Jencks and philosopher John B. Cobb, Jr., plus a lecture Pei gave about the Suzhou Museum at the Louvre. Directed by Anne Makepeace. c2010. 53 min. DVD X5058

[Perez, Manuel] Compact & Balanced Development.
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

[Rodia, Simon] I Build the Tower [
Presents the story of Simon Rodia the Italian immigrant who built the Watts Towers in his backyard in South Central Los Angeles. The Watts Towers are now recognized as a monumental landmark throughout the world and as an artistic and engineering masterpiece. Film includes a 40 min. interview with R. Buckminster Fuller filmed exclusively for this project in which he provides an analysis or Rodia's artistic and engineering genius and its significance to the world. 2008. 71 min. DVD X28

[Rotondi, Michael] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Saarinen, Eliel] Hvittrask.
Film depicts the studio house Hvittrask, located near Helsinki, designed and built by Eliel Saarinen. Also provides an account of Saarinen's other creations including buildings in the U.S., including town plans. 199-? 14 min. Video/C 2951

[Saitowitz, Stanley] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Scarpa, Carlo] Carlo Scarpa.
Scarpa's unique ability to successfully incorporate his own designs into historical renovation projects is shown at several locations, including the 15th-century Castelvecchio in Verona and Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo. Brion Memorial--one of the great enigmas of modern architecture--is examined as a hybrid of classical, abstract, and Japanese architectural forms. In Venice, craftsmen and fellow architects fondly remember Scarpa's endless experimentation with color and textures. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1997. 58 min. Video/C 5368

[Schindler, Rudolph M.] R.M. Schindler: The Lovell Beach House. (Anthony Roland Collection of Films on Art.)
Analyses the Lovell Beach house designed by Rudolph Schindler as an American adaptation of International Style architecture. Compares Schindler's building with one by Richard Neustra to demostrate different solutions to very similar requirements. 1975. 29 min. Video/C 6285

[Shen, Carol] Compact & Balanced Development.
Architects, Manuel Perez, David Goodale, Tom Lollini, Brian Dougherty, Carol Shen. Narrators, Garret Murai, Aimee Rutledge, Paul Welch, Rochelle Zanini. 1994. 10 min. Video/C 3448

[Siegel, Gwathmey] In Search of Clarity: The Architectur of Gwathmey Siegel..
Takes an in-depth look at the partnership and accomplishments of architects Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel. Avoiding the nostalgia of fashionable post-modernism they continue to create innovative houses, corporate, institutional and university buildings across America. This documentary ranges from the deMenil villa on the dunes of Easthampton to their recent Guggenheim Museum addition. 1995. 45 min. Video/C 7404

[Smith-Miller, Henry] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Soleri, Paoli] Soleri's Cities: Architecture for Planet Earth and Beyond.
A portrait of Paoli Soleri that explores the possible impact of the architect's revolutionary ideas. Soleri has designed and is attempting to build a prototype city of the future that goes beyond even the wildest imaginings of Frank Lloyd Wright. Will Soleri's cities be the future habitats for humanity, or will they remain as blueprints of a visionary 20th-century designer? 1993. 30 min. Video/C 7433

[Soto de Moura, Eduardo] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Soto de Moura, Eduardo] The New Modernists: Six European Architects.
Interviews with architects Jaques Herzog, Eduardo Soto de Moura, Hans Kollhoff, Kristian Gullichsen, Jean Nouvel, and Antonio Cruz. 1992. 59 min. Video/C 3149

[Speer, Albert] Speer und Er: Hitlers Architekt und Rustungsminister.
This German television docudrama is a reassessment of the role Albert Speer played in the Third Reich. Speer, who was ultimately convicted at the Nuremburg trials and served a 20-year prison sentence, was known for designing many of the Third Reich's buildings and for being Hitler's minister for war production. Teil 1: Germania, der Wahn, erzahlt den Aufstieg und Fall von Hitlers Lieblingsarchitekten, der zu seinem Kriegsorganisator wurde und als Spitzentechnokrat die Dauer des Krieges wesentlich verlangerte.--Teil 2: Nurnberg, der Prozess, lasst das gesamte Personal der Nurnberger Kriegsverbrecher-Prozesse in einem spannungsvollen Nebeneinander aus authentischen Filmprotokollen und Nachinszenierungen auftreten.--Teil 3: Spandau, die Strafe, konzentriert sich auf Speers zwanzig Jahre im Spandauer Gefangnis. Sebastian Koch, Tobias Moretti, Dagmar Manzel, Susanne Schafer. Includes an additional 90 min. documentary film entitled "Nachspiel: die Tauschung" that follows Speer's life after his imprisonment. Special features: Making of (89 min.); Interviews (28 min.); deleted scenes (32 min.) In German. 270 min. DVD 5555

[Stirling, James] Die neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart: Architects James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates
Scottish architect James Stirling describes the architecture and construction of the New State Gallery in Stuttgart. In a very entertaining way while walking around the museum, he outlines the elements used in the architectural design and presents insights into the restrictions of such projects. 1985. 19 min. Video/C 8803

[Stirling, James]Stirling
Depicts the philosophy, influences, and work of British architect, James Stirling. Focuses on his recent museum architecture in Europe and the United States. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1987. 60 min. Video/C 2247

[Strandlund, Carl] Lustron: The House America's Been Waiting For
Follows the rise and fall of inventor Carl Strandlund and his stunning engineering vision to revolutionize homebuilding by mass-producing 100 steel houses each day on an assembly line during the post-World War II housing boom. A government conspiracy eventually destroyed what many believed would have become the "General Motors" of housing. c2002. 60 min. DVD 2197

[Sullivan, Louis]Architectures 3
Features architects: Daniel Libeskind, Charles Garnier, Le Corbusier, Antonio Gaudi, Louis Sullivan, Alvar Aalto. A privileged, unprecedented inside look at the work of superstar architects. This volume examines the architecture of the Jewish Museum of Berlin; Louis Sullivan's Auditorium Theatre in Chicago; a Dominican convent; Charles Garnier's Parisian Opera and more. 2003. 160 min. DVD 4767
[Timberlake, James] KieranTimberlake
KieranTimberlake, founded by Stephen Kieran and James Timberlake, is a recognized leader in the "green" architecture movement. Based in Philadelphia, the firm has been developing innovative means to combine sustainable design principles with offsite construction for the mass customization of houses. The film focuses on Loblolly House, built in the Chesapeake Bay area of Maryland in 2007, and also the Cellophane House, a specially commissioned design for an exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 2008. Contents: Loblolly House (2007) -- Cellophane House (2008). Directed and edited by Tom Piper. c2009 26 min., 47 sec. DVD X5701

[Tsien, Billie] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Ungers, Oswald Mathias] Oswald Mathias Ungers.
Illustrates the life and work of German architect O.M. Ungers. Also highlights problems faced by the architect while completing a project, using Unger's work on the Deutsches Architekturmuseum as an example. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1985. 59 min. Video/C 2259

[Venuri, Robert] Beyond Utopia, Changing Attitudes In American Architecture.
Presents six American postmodernist architects discussing their style of design, influences on their work, and recent achievements. Focuses on the work of Philip Johnson, Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Michael Graves, Frank Gehry, and Peter Eisenmann. Interviews with: Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, Tom Wolfe. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1983. 58 min. Video/C 1939

[Venuri, Robert] Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
This production delves into the philosophy and work of two of America's most controversial architects, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. The film introduces their most important works, including: the Vanna Venturi House, Princeton's Wu Hall, and Thomas Labs; the Guild House. Central to the film is the initial design phase and presentation of their most prestigious commission to date - the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 2101

[Williams, Tod] The New Modernists: Nine American Architects.
Interviews with architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, Henry Smith-Miller, Laurie Hawkinson, Steven Holl, Tom Mayne, Michael Rotondi, Stanley Saitowitz, and Mark Mack. Dist.: Michael Blackwood Productions. 1993. 56 min. Video/C 3148

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Contents: Documentary film : 100 women architects in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright : a girl is a fellow here (19 min.) -- The back story : conversation with writer-director Beverly Willis (12 min.) -- Symposium : Architecture of writing : Wright, women and narrative (43 min.) -- A Wright fellow : Lois Gottlieb interview (7 min.) A girl is a fellow here : At a time when few architectural firms would hire women, Frank Lloyd Wright unhesitatingly employed women, giving them both training and the opportunity to practice. Ultimately, over 100 women architects and designers worked with Wright, many of them going on to remarkable careers of their own. This film features the work and words of 6 women architects who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright: Marion Mahony, Isabel Roberts, Lois Davidson Gottlieb, Jane Duncombe, Eleanore Petersen, and Read Weber. Symposium : Architecture of writing : Wright, women and narrative: Using the film as a catalyst, Suzannah Lessard (moderator and author) and Gwendolyn Wright (architectural historian), with Carol Gilligan (psychologist and novelist), discuss how architectural writing -- whether fact, fiction or faction -- influences and perpetuates architecture's historical narrative. How do women architects fare within that narrative? Does it accurately represent women architects? How can we make historical narrative more transparent? 2009. 81 min. DVD X3153

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] 1071 Fifth Avenue: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Secret Life of a Museum.
Presents the story of the Guggenheim Museum, a seventeen-year struggle played out between some of the greatest names of American art and architectural history. Commissioned by Hilla Rebay, the visionary first curator of the Museum and completed in 1959, six months after the death of its architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, the museum is now widely regarded as one of the great buildings of the world. This film brings the story up to date with the re-opening of the museum after complete restoration and the addition of a new extension. c1993. 52 min. Video/C 6318

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]The Architecture Of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Includes extensive views of his works, photographed from a human perspective to create the sense of a personal tour. 1983. 75 min. Video/C 1476

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]Butterfly-wing Bridge: Frank Lloyd Wright Architect
A television news story exploring the issues involved in replacing the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge using the Frank Lloyd Wright design originally drawn in 1949. Originally broadcast on KTVU Oakland TV in 1999. 5 min. Video/C MM1108

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Frank Lloyd Wright.
A film by Ken Burns, 1998. A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant, Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy.

Part 1 reviews his early personal life, the beginning of his career and visits Wright's early architectural creations in the terraced "prairie houses" built in suburban Chicago in the early 1900s, the Larkin Building in New York, the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., Taliesin East in Wisconsin and the Imperial Hotel in Japan. 77 min. DVD 8826; vhs Video/C 5728

Part 2 continues to review his turbulent personal life, the advance of his career and examines Wright's architectural creations: Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Taliesin West in Arizona and the controversial design of the Guggenheim Museum. 1998. 76 min. DVD 8826; vhs Video/C 5729

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Frank Lloyd Wright: The Mike Wallace Interviews.
In 1957 when Frank Lloyd Wright was 90 years old and in New York to supervise construction of his last masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum, Mike Wallace invited him to be a guest on the television program "The Mike Wallace Interview." This documentary includes the two interview sessions from 1957, with an introduction and conclusion filmed in 1994 by Mike Wallace reflecting on his experiences with Frank Lloyd Wright. 53 min. Video/C 7281

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Frank Lloyd Wright and the Secret Life Of A Museum.
Tells the story of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. 1993. 52 min. Video/C 3315

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School.
Examines the origins of the Prairie School style as exemplified by the buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright and his associates. The story of the style -- inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement and Louis Sullivan, is elaborated upon by using the words of Wright himself, art historians, and other architects. Video clips and archival photos demonstrate the contrast of the Victorian style and Wright's vision of the new American home. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 57 min. DVD 2794

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]Frank Lloyd Wright: The Office for Edgar J. Kaufmann
Explores the personalities and creative decisions involved in the design of the office for Edgar J. Kaufmann, who also commissioned one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous creations, Fallingwater house. Includes interviews with Pedro E. Guerrero, architect Edgar Tafel and architect and grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright. c1993. 30 min. Video/C MM687

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Frank Lloyd Wright: Prophet Without Honor.
A look at one of the country's most famous architects. Through interviews, his controversial life and why he was never officially recognized in his home state of Wisconsin, are discussed. His house, Taliesin East, is the location for the discussion. 1975. 29 min. DVD 7159 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 25

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] The Frank Lloyd Wright Way: Apprentices to Genius.
This film views the architect Frank Lloyd Wright from the perspective of four of his apprentices. They studied under him and worked beside him on the construction of many of his famous buildings. They were exposed to his genius and forceful personality and all of them retained his inspiration throughout the rest of their lives. Using historical film footage, still photographs, drawings and plans, the four apprentices provide an upclose and personal portrait of the genius and the man. c1995. 51 min. Video/C 6431

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Fallingwater: The House Tour.
Your personal tour of Fallingwater, the most famous Frank Lloyd Wright house. Fallingwater is a spectacular three-story stone home suspended above a natural waterfall in the rugged Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania which includes the unique original furnishings and extensive art collection, all intact and in place. c1997. 30 min. Video/C 6332

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] The House On The Waterfall.
Frank Lloyd Wright sought to bring beauty of natural things into the great buildings he created. Fallingwater is the essence of Wright's life-long love affair with nature. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 2621

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Renewing Of A Vision: Frank Lloyd Wright, Meyer May House, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Reviews step by step the complete 1987 restoration of the exterior, interior, and furnishings of the Meyer May House originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908. 1987. 35 min. Video/C 2533

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]Sacred Spaces: The Houses of Worship Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Examines the brilliant, but less well-known houses of worship designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. These magnificent sacred spaces transcend religious boundaries and demonstrate not only Wright's genius but also his devotion to nature which he said, "is all the body of God we are ever going to see."Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill. -- Pettit Chapel in Belvidere, Ill. -- Pfeiffer Chapel and Danforth Chapel in Lakeland, Fla. -- Community Christian Church in Kansas City, Mo. -- Unitarian Meeting House in Madison, Wis. -- Beth Shalom Synagogue in Elkins Park, Pa. -- Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Wauwatos, Wis. -- Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding, Calif. -- First Christian Church in Phoenix, Ariz. 2005. 53 min. DVD 6648

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Taliesin: A Film by Jim Davis
Documentary about Frank Lloyd Wright's Wisconsin home. The last film examines the architecture of Chicago with special attention to the work of Mies van der Rohe, Wright and Sullivan. 1950. 17 min. Video/C 4630

[Wright, Frank Lloyd]Taliesin-West: A Film by Jim Davis
An authorized documentary look at Frank Lloyd Wright's Arizona headquarters and teaching studio. Narration written by Frank Lloyd Wright 1950. Video/C 4630

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Taliesin: The Tradition Of Frank Lloyd Wright
Reaches back to 1932 when Wright and his wife, Olgivanna, co-founded the Taliesin Fellowship. 1990. 30 min. Video/C 3199

[Wright, Frank Lloyd] Three Eras: Frank Lloyd Wright - Home, Work, Worship.
Examines buildings in Wisconsin that represent Wright's three architectural eras: 1916, the American System Duplex and the Bogk House on Milwaukee's east side; 1936, the Johnson Wax administrative offices in Racine; and 1956, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church on Milwaukee's northwest side. Contents: Places for living / producer, Claudia Looze -- A place for work / producer, Anthony Wood -- A place for worship / producer, Darlyne C. Berg. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 7850

[Wright, Olgivanna Lloyd] A Partner to Genius: Olgivanna Lloyd Wright
Examines the life of the charismatic Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, wife of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Includes interviews with present and past members of the Taliesin Fellowship, daughter Iovanna and grandaughter Eve, family films, and archival footage of both Taliesin and Taliesin West. 1993. 58 min. Video/C 7844

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Breakthrough, A Portrait Of Aristides Demetrios.
Profile of San Francisco sculptor Aristides Demetrios. Shows his creation of the 30-foot 9,500 pound "Breakthrough" monument. 1986. 45 min. Video/C 1347

[Brown, Capability ]Capability Brown.
Documentary tour of some historic estates designed by Lancelot "Capability" Brown, the most fashionable English landscape architect of the 18th century. 1984. Video/C 2295

City Farmers.
A journey down New York City's meanest streets where inner-city residents have transformed the rubble and rats of abandoned land into burgeoning vegetable and flower gardens. The gardeners vividly narrate stories about life on both sides of the garden fence: from their fight against drug dealers and gangs to the successes of the gardens as food for needy families and senior citizens. 1997. 31 min. Video/C 8057

City Parks.
Uncovers the surprising stories behind the most famous city parks in the nation. Looks at designers like Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park and Griffith J. Griffith who designed Griffith Park in L.A., and builders of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to fashion oases of beauty in the most unlikely of places. Period photos document their creation, while people like the founder of the Central Park Conservancy and the General Manager of San Francisco's Parks & Recreation Department talk of the challenges they face in preserving and maintaining these invaluable urban escapes. c1999. 50 min. Video/C MM13

[de Forest, Lockwood] Lockwood de Forest, Jr.: A Master Revealed
A study of Lockwood de Forest, Jr., one of Southern California's premier landscape architects in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. The son of a prominent painter, he spent his early years as an artist which influenced his landscape design innovations with art forms from both Western and Eastern cultures. Filled with historical images and footage of de Forest's landscapes. 2002. 35 min. DVD 4567 The Dream of Paradise: Baroque Gardens to Recreational Parks -- A History of Garden Art (Der Traum vom Paradies: vom Barockgarten zum Erholungspark -- eine Reise durch die Geschichte der Gartenkunst)
Commentary: Rainer Schmidt, Gilles Vexiard, Thomas Koster, Klaus-Henning Von Frosigk. What do people dream of when they design their gardens? This film traces the footsteps of the great garden artists of the past and present. Includes commentary and descriptions of their work by prominent landscape architects and garden monument conservators. 2005. 155 min. DVD 5226

Dream Window: Reflections Of A Japanese Garden.
A journey through some of the most beautiful gardens in the world, revealing the secrets of both classical and contemporary Japanese gardens. 1992. 58 min. Video/C 3168

[Eckbo, Garrett] Interview With Garrett Eckbo.
Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo talks about his life, architectural projects and professional theories. 1981. 59 min. Video/C 682

Environmental Art: Working With The Elements.
Presents historic and contemporary environmental art including segments on Nazca, Stonehenge, Carl Andre, Herbert Bayer, LeAnn Bartok, Walter de Maria, Nancy Holt, Patricia Johanson, Penny Kaplan, Richard Long, David Nash, Cynthia Oatman, Beverly Pepper, Carolee Thea, James Turrell, and John Willenbecher. 1990. Performers, Lisa Wilder, Jason Levy. 16 min. Video/C 2278

The European Garden.
Examines the garden as an architectural art form as well as a mirror of man's relationship with nature, and as examplary of the style of an age as its literature or art. Follows the stages of Western civilization as it explores the various styles of gardens through the ages. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1992. 58 min. Video/C 3442

Exploring People-Plant Interactions. Part 1, The Art Of Rhonda Roland Shearer.
Rhonda Roland Shearer discusses the role she feels plants play in benefiting humanity and why her artwork focuses on plant forms. 1991. 10 min. Video/C 2804

Exploring People-Plant Interactions. Part 2, The Science And Theory.
Noted horticulturalists address aspects of research in horticulture and discuss the importance of plants in promoting human well-being. 1992. 22 min. Video/C 2805

Feng shui: Creating Sacred Space in Your Garden or Landscape
Presents the ancient science of Feng Shui and how it can easily be applied to outdoor spaces. With colorful graphics and dynamic live footage this film illuminates the various ways Feng Shui can harmonize and enrich a garden or landscape design. c1997. 60 min. Video/C 9115

Fire In The Hills.
Historical overview of the ecological and construction history of the hilly residential areas of Oakland California, which led to the conflagrations of 1923, 1970 and 1991. Film concludes with recommendations to prevent such fires in the future. 1993. 22 min. Video/C 3008

Figure In A Landscape: A Conversation With J.B. Jackson.
On site in various locales J.B. Jackson explains his theories of human interaction with landscape and its result as urban and quasi-urban spaces. 1987. 46 min. Video/C 2394

Firewise Landscaping.
Part I describes the hazards of the wildland/urban interface when wildfires occur. Covers the causes and characteristics of wildfires with a discussion of basic landscape design principles. Part II deals with the design and installation of firewise landscapes in wildland/urban interface areas. Part III deals with maintaining landscaped properties to minimize danger from wild fires. [Washington, DC]: National Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Protection Program, [1993-1994]. 38 min. Video/C 4435

For The Common Good: Preserving Private Lands With Conservation Easements.
Film examines how conservation easements are being used to preserve open spaces and natural landscapes. 1985. 16 min. Video/C 4273

Garbage Stories.
These 5 features look at various creative ways garbage can be recycled and otherwise diverted from landfills. Examples of innovative recycling are the creation of art objects from garbage, a wildlife sanctuary developed from recycled wastewater, a farmer who feeds his pigs and goats entirely on refuse and a sculpture garden created from the solid wastes of the city of San Francisco. 1993. 27 min. Video/C 3897

Gardens of Northern California's Wine Country.
Exquisitely photographed this intimate tour explores nine outstanding winery gardens--each very different from the next. This excursion covers garden design, plantings, relationship to the wineries, and gardeners' viewpoints. 1997. 50 min. Video/C 5444

GIS Today.
Host Don Hemenway explores various issues in the rapidly changing field of GIS, including minimum requirements of a GIS, GIS training, the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis, the potential role of artificial intelligence and expert systems in GIS, and local use of GIS. 1989. 30 min. Video/C 2460

The Great Quake Of '89.
Highlights of television coverage by ABC News of the earthquake that struck the San Francisco Bay Area on October 17, 1989. Includes footage at the moment quake occurred, home video films, highlights from ABC news coverage throughout the night reporting damages particularly in San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz County. 1989. 60 min. Video/D 14

The Great San Francisco Earthquake.
The amazing resources of the human spirit in the face of adversity were demonstrated by the diverse population of San Francisco during and after the April 18, 1906 earthquake and fire which struck with 12,000 time the force of the Hiroshima atomic bomb. Although 3000 lives were lost and 6 1/2 billion bricks were dumped after the earthquake, the indomitable pioneer spirit prevailed as the city was rebuilt in three years. Fours years later San Francisco hosted the 1915 World's Fair with a sense of triumph and invincibility. 1988. 58 min. Video/C 1526

Green Dreams.
Describes activities of the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (SLUG) as they organize and supervise gardening projects in troubled urban neighborhoods. Film documents how these gardening projects are offering real job skills and a sense of accomplishment to low-income youth, ex-convicts and people recovering from drugs. Looks at a variety of gardening projects including the Alemany housing project where a former trash-filled back lot is transformed into a small farm providing organic vegetables for residents and Hunter's Point where teens turn their lives around in an after school gardening program. c1995. 29 min. Video/C 4433

Green Means.

Green Means. 1: The first in a two part series of short video programs about ordinary people who are making positive contributions to the health of the planet. Includes segments on environmental activism in relation to grasslands preservation, eco-architecture and energy conservation, eco-agriculture, waste disposal, community gardens, marsh, stream and forest ecology, marine pollution, endangered species, the reintroduction of species and recycling. Accompanying text: Green means: living gently on the planet / Aubrey Wallace. San Francisco: KQED Books, 1994. Video/C 9711

Green Means. 2: The second in a two part series of short video programs about ordinary people who are making positive contributions to the health of the planet. Includes segments on environmental activism in relation to the protection of endangered species, environmental racism in Texas, medicinal plants from rainforests, alternate automobile fuels, reef ecology in Florida, the reintroduction of endanged plants in New Mexico, commuting by bicycle, organic milk, environmental sculpture, cottage industries from recycled products, Cree Indians fighting a hydroelectric dam, the reintroduction of the American bison, solar ovens in Kenya, and rainforest ecology by Lacandon Indians. [1995]. 72 min. Video/C 4688-4689

Green Plans.
A look at the comprehensive national environmental policies, or green plans, that The Netherlands and New Zealand have developed. 1995. 56 min. Video/C 4432

[Halprin, Lawrence]Veto Virtual Reality
Landscape architect Lawrence Halperin, whose projects include Sea Ranch and Oakland's Lake Merritt, discusses issues of environmental design, landscape architecture and why he dislikes computers. Lecture is followed by questions for the student audience. Presented at the University of California, Davis on May 18, 1995. 103 min. Video/C MM77

Inside Infill: Stories From The Field
Introduces infill development, the process of building new construction in established neighborhoods, including controversial issues and design challenges it presents. 1994. Video/C 4194

Inside The Golden Gate.
A study of the ecology of San Francisco Bay, a huge estuary where fresh and salt water meet. A segment from the television program Nova. 1974. 59 min. Video/C 40

Interview With Garrett Eckbo.
Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo talks about his life, architectural projects and professional theories. 1981. 59 min. Video/C 682

[Jackson, J.B.] J.B. Jackson and the Love of Everyday Places
By visually focusing on what he calls the vernacular or common (the places where we live, walk, shop, work and play) scholar J.B. Jackson guides viewers on a tour of the world in which they live, inspiring them to find beauty and complexity in what is usually considered mundane. 1988. 59 min. Video/C 4772

Jens Jensen: A Natural History
Tells of the life and work in the United States of Danish-born landscape architect Jens Jensen. Describes him as an environmentalist, conservationist, visionary, poet, philosopher, artist, and teacher. Explains the concept and development of his school in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin, called The Clearing. c1998. 55 min. Video/C 7922

Labyrinth: The History of the Maze
For centuries, from the famed Labyrinth of Crete to the stately gardens of medieval England, the Maze, a larger-than-life puzzle, has symbolized mankind's search for eternal truths. This film visits some present day maze sites and the meanings and purposes of turf, church, puzzle, and spiritual mazes in modern and ancient civilizations. c1996. 53 min. Video/C 8094

Land Resources And The Urban Environment. (Building Connections Series; 3)
Architects and designers, such as Peter Calthorpe, comment on various ways to improve the design of buildings to create environmentally sensitive, livable and sustainable communities. Discusses appropriate land use, resource efficiencies, renewable sources of energy and water and waste management strategies. 1993. 85 min. Video/C 3742

Land Use and Building and the American Community. 1
A lecture by architect, Peter Calthorpe, concerning the need to create environmentally healthy communities through local and regional planning and governance. He focuses on cities in California, Oregon and Colorado as successful and unsuccessful case studies. 996.1996. 56 min. Video/C 4708

Landscape Architecture Of Roberto Burle Marx.
Interviews landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx and discusses his ideas and achievements for commercial and public buildings and projects in Brazil. 1989. 57 min. Video/C 3631

Living Planet: A Portrait Of The Earth. Host, David Attenborough.
Contents: 1. Building of the earth -- 2. Frozen world -- 3. Northern forests -- 4. Jungle -- 5. Seas of grass -- 6. Baking deserts -- 7. Sky above -- 8. Sweet fresh water -- 9. Margins of the land -- 10. Worlds apart -- 11. Open ocean -- 12. New Worlds. 1984. 12 videocassettes. Video/C 1035

Louisville's Parks: An Olmsted Legacy.
Surveys how Cherokee Park in Louisville, Kentucky was severely damaged by a tornado and then restored by the same Olmsted Brothers firm that originally developed and landscaped the park when it was first created. 1982. 29 min. Video/C 3810

Man In His Environment.
A film essay on the checks and balances of the natural cycle, showing how the processes that regulate other forms of life ultimately regulate humans as well. Explores ramifications of human overpopulation, wastefulness of modern industrial society, and disruption caused by many agricultural methods. 1976. 29 min. Video/C 64

Mazes & Labyrinths: The Search for the Center
This wide-ranging documentary explores the historical and cultural aspects of mazes and labyrinths worldwide. This symbolic and highly metaphorical artform has spanned the ages and continents from the mythological Minotaur on the Island of Crete through the tombs of the pharoahs, from stone and turf labyrinths through hedge and church mazes to contemporary constructions. c1996. 28 min. Video/C 8976

Ming Garden.
Shows the installation, by Chinese craftsmen, of a Ming-style garden in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These gardens have been constructed China for hundreds of years and are renowned for their unusual rock sculptures and their elegant architectural decorative elements. The techniques involved in the construction of these gardens are revealed in this film. 1983. 28 min. Video/C 2948

Models Of Change In Parks And Recreation.
Film contains interviews with twenty-two individuals who have been successful in implementing change in their organizations. Discusses topics such as youth sports innovation, partnering, neighborhood revitalization, youth programming, qulaity of life improvement and reinventing government. 1993. 2
videocassettes, 112 min. Video/C 3196

Nature Perfected: The Story Of The Garden. 50-60 min. each.

#1-2:Paradise On Earth. Ancient Spirits, China And Japan. In Paradise on Earth the search for the perfect garden takes the viewer from a mountain corn patch in Mexico to the emperor's private park in Tokyo. Film explores Japan's Shinto shrines, the water lilies that inspired Monet in France, the regal avenues of Versailles and the majesty of nature's perfect garden, Yosemite. Ancient spirits, China and Japan examines the gardens of China which has the oldest garden tradition in the world. In a tour of exquisite gardens, the viewer learns the role of water and rocks in the Chinese sanctuary and how Chinese methods are splendidly adapted to the Japanese landscape. c1995. 55 min. Video/C 4118

#3-4: The Heritage Of Rome. Garlands In Repose.
The Heritage of Rome examines the legacy of the Roman garden. Ancient Egyptian gardens inspired Roman emperors to mold opulent gardens with fountains and mosaic walks. Rome's glorious tradition thrives today in regal English estates and in the park built at San Simeon by William Randolph Hearst. In search of nature's soothing and medicinal effects, Garlands of Repose journeys from a secluded Venetian island, to crowded Moroccan bazaars, to the breathtaking Spanish gardens left by the Moors. Video/C 4119

#5-6: Gardens In Conquest. New Perspectives.
Gardens of Conquest takes the viewer on a ravishing trek across Asia as it explores the garden as a symbol of power. Descended from Genghis Khan and the nomads of central Asia, the founders of the Mughal Empire awed the world with their gardens. Film traces the tradition to India's landscape where sparkling ornamental pools, fountains, and cascades dramatize stark political power. New Perspectives investigates the spectacular gardens and landscape of Italy. Wealthy families like the Medici transformed their country estates into glorious retreats. With their grottos, sculptures, fountains, and exotic trees, these breathtaking gardens have amazed generations of composers, artists and tourists. Video/C 4120

#7-8: The Landscaping Of England. Moving On.The Landscaping of England: The 16th century began a metamorphosis that would forever change the English landscape. With the increased popularity of classical Italian architecture came an appreciation for Italy's rolling countryside. Embracing a new humanistic vision, England's garden engineers replaced fences and fountains with gentle hills and streams. Moving On examines the early New England colonists who used gardens for "meate and medicine" only. More gardening activities developed thanks to the Quakers, who excluded music, drama, and art from their lives but cherished nature's beauty. In a visit to Colonial Williamsburg film explores both aesthetic and kitchen gardens, and reflects upon the image of the Old South with its elegant plantations. Video/C 4121

#9-10: Glory And Grandeur. The Machine And The Garden.Glory and Grandeur tells the story of gardens in France where the royal parks are remarkable examples of order and control. But applying geometry to nature had its price as 10,000 soldiers died trying to divert a river to power the fountains of Versailles. Designed to impress the world, these vast gardens ultimately cut the king off from his people. The Machine and the Garden examines the impact of the technological revolution of the 19th century on gardens. The lawn mower altered the shape of the garden, and plants imported from other countries encouraged new color schemes. The gardening enthusiasm of the new middle class inspired the first gardening books, a proliferation of hothouses and public parks. Video/C 4122

#11-12: Grounds For Change. The Genius Of The Place. Grounds for Change examines the 20th century urge to recapture a bucolic past. As rural scenes give way to technological expansion, we create "wild" gardens in the middle of concrete jungles. Can the pastoral ideal re-created in suburbia, university campuses, and golf courses survive among highways, power stations and industrial plants?. The Genius of the Place: Wind, rain and sun have turned England into a paradise of gardens. Film examines the splendid variety of gardens that enrich the land and defines the British character...from the vegetable plots that brighten industrial cities to Great Dixter's magical mix of garden, architecture and landscape. Video/C 4123

Naturescaping: A Landscape Alternative.
Explores natural lawn care, meadow gardens and wildlife habitats. Featured is a Potomac, Maryland couple who fought local weed ordinances to convert their lawn into a meadow. 1991. 29 min. Video/C 2459

Oakland Earthquake Damage, 10/26/89
Depicts earthquake damage in the city of Oakland, California on October 26, 1989. Filmed on October 26, 1989. 32 min. DVD X1385 [preservation copy]; Video/C 1433

[Olmsted, Frederick Law] Frederick Law Olmsted.
This film documents the creation of Olmsted's first major work, New York City's Central Park in 1858. The project was fraught with obstacles--political, financial, and topographical--yet the completed park serves as a testament to Olmsted's unique and pioneering vision. Chicago, Ill.: Home Vision, 1990. 58 min. Video/C 2852

[Olmsted, Frederick Law] Olmsted And Central Park.
Presents many views of New York's Central Park as it is today and briefly traces the designing of this park by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 1402

[Olmsted, Frederick Law] Retaining the Olmsted Legacy
Frederick Law Olmsted's vision for the parks of Louisville included naturalized features that depended on dry stone construction. This film explains his philosophy through the words and plans of the current Conservancy president, park's engineer and landscape architect. Presents step by step instuctions on the reconstruction of a road retaining wall bordering Cherokee Park and a new bridle-trail wall in Iroquois Park. 2001. 41 min. Video/C 9185

Quake of '89: A Video Chronicle
Presented by KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco. Shows actual footage from the October 17th, 1989 earthquake and recovery of affected counties as filmed by KRON-TV Channel 4, San Francisco. Includes "Quakeproofing your home and family. 60 min. DVD X1384 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 1651

Sense Of Place.
Through interviews with five individuals who work in the area of human ecology, film examines the connection and dependency which humans have with the environment and the process of discovering and achieving a sense of place. 1994. 28 min. Video/C 4695

Shishu
Shisu (poetic beauty), the harmonious balance of thought and feeling, spirit and matter, is at the heart of the Japanese aesthetic. It finds its most striking expression in the Japanese Garden tradition -- a world class cultural legacy. This elegant and poetic study of the Japanese garden draws together the diverse threads that make up one of the world's oldest garden traditions. 2001. 54 min. PAL format. Video/C 9566

Treasures Of The Greenbelt.
Within the nine counties surrounding San Francisco Bay lies some of the most beautiful and productive land in the United States. Nearly four million acres of parks and watersheds, farms and ranches, forests and vineyards form the greenbelt of the San Francisco Bay region. 1986. 28 min. Video/C 1140

Upon These Grounds: Exploring the White House Garden
A behind the scenes tour of the President's Park, the White House's grounds and gardens. Explains how the grounds grew and evolved over two centuries with changing administrations and includes rare footage of the first families in their "backyard." 1997. 30 min. Video/C 5010

Urban Permaculture with Dr. Bill Roley
Dr. Bill Roley, founder of the Permaculture Institute of Southern California presents two urban landscapes, sharing low-cost strategies of how to turn a vacant lot into an edible jungle. Shows how permaculture can be applied to urban settings, from planting fruit trees along a street corridor to channeling rainwater onto perennials instead of into storm drains. 1999. 30 min. Video/C 8405

Walls of Stone.
American colonists built stone walls throughout America: stone walls enclosed fields; drystone mills and dams lined the streams; stone dwellings, spring and ice houses, bridges and retaining walls were commonplace. This documentary demostrates how to repair and build drystone walls and rock fences to retain historic structures and preserve beautiful landscapes. 1996. 38 min. Video/C 9186

Water.
Experts and State officials debating the question of building more dams, reservoirs and canals now, in order to meet California's water needs in the future. 1983. Video/C 673

The Water Crisis.
Describes water problems currently being experienced by communities from the Adirondack Mountains to the American West Coast and explains that water scarcity will be the next ecology issue. A segment from the television program Nova. 1981. 57 min. Video/C 426

Water More Precious Than Oil.
Examines the use and abuse of water around the world. Shows how water resources must be managed on small, as well as large, scales and shows the consequences for those who are unwilling or unable to manage their water resources. 1981. 60 min. Video/C 537

Wetlands Mitigation
Highlights four master planned community developments which were designed with the impact on wetlands as a consideration. Either existing or newly created wetlands were incorporated into the development plans. 1994. 21 min. Video/C 4189

Wild California.
Introduces the most important land and sea habitats of California. Discusses biological communities, ecosystems, and animal adaptations. 1988. 36 min. Video/C 1464

Women in the Dirt: Landscape Architects Shaping Our World
Seven award-winning California landscape architects are interviewed and their works discussed. Topics include both natural and planned environments; urban, suburban, and rural design; and, private and public projects. The role of women in the profession, global responsibilities, and social issues are also examined. Interviewees include: Cheryl Barton, Andrea Cochran, Isabelle Greene, Mia Lehrer, Lauren Melendrez, Pamela Palmer, Katherine Spitz. A film by Carolann Stoney. 2011. 73 min. DVD X5750

Xochimilco: Floating Gardens.
The people of the Valley of Mexico have long used artificial islands in their lake to meet agricultural needs and to escape urban congestion. Presents a visit to the canals and gardens of Xochimilco near Mexico City, one of the original breadbaskets of the Americas and once the agricultural hub of Tenochtitlan, a metropolis of 235,000 inhabitants. In the Aztec's Nahuatl language the name Xochimilco means "garden of flowers." 2004. 17 min. DVD 6678

Yosemite, 1890-1990: The First 100 Years.
A historic and scenic overview of the glories of Yosemite National Park. Contents: The early years--John Muir--Creation of Yosemite National Park--Distant beginnings--The glory of nature: Four seasons, Waterfalls, Giant Sequoias, Wildlife--Yosemite Park and Curry Co.--The new century--Ahwahnee Hotel--Wawona Hotel--Tuolumne Meadows--Hetch Hetchy--Yosemite and the imagination. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2532

Yosemite: The Fate Of Heaven
Traces the conquest of the Yosemite wilderness in 1851 and examines the sharp contrast to the Yosemite of today, a national park attracting more than 3 million visitors yearly and producing 25,000 pounds of garbage daily. Emphasis is on the impact of man on Yosemite and the conflict between preserving the area and providing access to the public. 1989. 58 min. Video/C 4694

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Videos about Hurricane Katrina and the rebuilding of New Orleans

Across the River.
Documentary featuring a series of portraits of urban heroes who are working to revive a dying neighborhood in Washington, D.C. These six different inner city development projects include a group of former drug users and criminals who are reaching out to juvenile offenders and fathers in prison, two school programs which use mentors and extensive job internships to achieve a high graduation rate, a housing project which is rehabilitating its tenants, a successful effort to attract the middle class back to an inner city area and an economic program, which has led to the opening of new businesses, creating new jobs. c1995. 58 min. Video/C 7188

The Aesthetics Of Urban Places.
Secretary Henry G. Cisneros speaks with Jane Slate Siena about the role of the arts in urban revitalization and development. Secretary Cisneros describes his efforts to restore San Antonio while Mayor and talks about his unique involvement with other cities in America since his appointment in 1993 as the country's foremost community development official. The Secretary discusses historic preservation, the need for a human dimension in urban design, and his commitment to making art an integral part of the public environment. 1994. 27 min. Video/C 3966

All For the Taking: 21st Century Urban Renewal.
In a highly controversial and precedent-setting decision in mid-2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution permitted local governments to use their power of eminent domain to forcibly acquire private property and transfer it to another private owner. This documentary examines the personal struggles of residents impacted by Philadelphia's urban renewal program and illustrates how housing activists are fighting eminent domain abuse. Background commentary is provided by Dr. Mindy Fullilove of Columbia University and Scott Bullock, a senior attorney who litigates cases involving property rights and free speech for the Institute of Justice in Washington, D.C. c2005. 59 min. DVD 5759

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America Betrayed
America's infrastructure was once our proudest achievement. Now its a most dangerous embarrassment. Bridges, dams, levees and highways are crumbling, toppling, being washed away, and putting us all at risk. Features interviews with journalists, noted scientists, whistleblowers who risked their lives to speak out, and politicians from both sides. Exposes the rampant collusion, corruption and cronyism within the government agencies whose very purpose is to protect us. Directed and produced by Leslie Cardé. 2008. 94 min. DVD X5694

America the Ugly.
Program looks at suburban sprawl and how town planners are trying to create a more intimate community environment. Looks at the housing paradigm called "traditional neighborhood developments" through an interview with architect and town planner Andres Duany who is part of the new urbanism movement. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 22 min. Video/C 6797

American Suburbia

Building a New Life. After World War II, the economic revival of America and the consequent prosperity propelled the rebuilding of the nation. These five short films promote concepts such as modernization and lifestyle changes, focusing on the pathos of city dwellers in Philadelphia in the mid 1940s, calling for urban renewal and capturing the building mania that gripped cities like New York. America marching on / Audio Production Inc., (1937, 9 min.) -- A place to live / Documentary Film Productions, Inc. (1948, 16 min.) -- According to plan / Asbestos Cement Products Association ; produced by Jam Handy Organization (1952, 18 min.) -- Man of action / Continental Can Company ; produced by Transfilm Productions (1955, 13 min.) -- The quiet revolution / Ford Motor Company, Tractor and Implement Division (1956, 9 min.) DVD 4536

Our Community.After World War II, Americans invested much of their wealth in suburbs, providing the neo-rich middle class a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. These four films take a look at life in the suburbs of America in the 1940s and '50s. Arteries of New York City / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1941, 10 min.) -- Our community / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (1952, 12 min.) -- The best made plans / Dow Chemical Company ; producer, Dallas Jones Productions (1956, 21 min.) -- In the suburbs / Redbook Magazine ; producer, On Film, Inc. (1957, 20 min.) DVD 4537

Urban Paradise. Witness the harsh realities of life in New York in the 1930's and how overcrowding and lack of housing drove people out of the cities to a vibrant lifestyle in the suburbs. Post-depression Americans decided they wanted a better life with the benefits of modernization. These six historic films provide insight into mid-century views of "modernization," shedding light on why city fathers sacrificed heritage structures to make way for more practical buildings and car parks in the 1950s. The City / American Institute of Planners ; producer, American Documentary Films, (1939, 32 min.) -- For the living / New York City Housing Authority ; producer Clifford Evans (1949, 21 min.) -- Cities, how they grow / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (9 min) -- New neighbor / U.S. Steel Company ; producer, Jam Handy Organization (1953, 25 mihn.) -- Dynamic American city / Chamber of Commerce of the United States ; producer, Frederick J. Baskaw (1956, 28 min.) -- Community growth: crisis and challenge / National Association of Home Builders (1959, 16 min.) DVD 4538

American Suburbia: The New Frontier.
One of the biggest issues facing post-WWII America was housing or the lack of it. In the 1940s only 40% of Americans owned a house. Two factors changed this scenerio -- the post-war baby boom and the GI Bill, which facilitated housing loans to servicemen. The impact of this housing boom was seen immediately in the rapidly expanding suburbs around America's cities....and the realization that there was a price to be paid for this rapid growth. Contents: Our home town, Doylestown, Pennsylvania / produced by Shad E. Graham (1954, 16 min.) -- Our home town, Levittown, Pennsylvania (1954, 22 min.) -- Detroit, city on the move / Jam Handy Organization (1965, 18 min.) -- Rochester: a city of quality / Jam Handy Organization (1963, 27 min.) -- Redwood Estates, a promotional film (1927, 11 min.) -- No time for ugliness / produced by Peter Yung and Lawrence Ravitz (1965, 23 min.) 123 min. DVD 4823

The American Urban Experience.
Traces the history of the American vision of what the city has been and could become, from the original intentions of George Washington for the nations capital to current urban renewal projects. Demonstrates the manner in which changing technology, especially in production and transportation, has influenced the evolving form of the city and shows how American commitment to community is expressed in our metropolitan areas. Part of the "Understanding cities" series. 1983. 29 min. Video/C 2593

Approaches to Onsite Managemen: Community Perspectives
Documentary sharing insights from various selected community onsite/decentralized waste management systems (OMS). Local leaders, public officials, program managers and national experts discuss the concepts of OMS and the types of responsible management entities providing oversight and support for communites nationwide. c2002. 17 min. Video/C MM925

Aqueducts: Man Made Rivers of Life
They are arguably the most important public works projects in history. Without aqueducts, many of the world's great cities and civilizations would never have existed. For thousands of years, we have shaped the world and forged history by controlling the flow of water. From the continent-spanning constructions of Ancient Rome to the lifeline that quenches Los Angeles's thirst, this documentary takes a probing look at the history and technology of aqueducts. 1997. 50 min. Video/C MM936

Architecture and the City: Friends Or Foes?
A symposium presenting the views of twelve professionals involved in architecture and city planning. 1988. Performer, Edwin Newman. 58 min. Video/C 2374

Aspects of Central Place. (Geography Today.)
Studies how one small city with a population of 100,000 functions as a regional center and provides goods and services to that regional center and to a tourist population of three million annual visitors. Focuses on the medieval English university town of Cambridge and its surrounding areas. c1982. 20 min. Video/C 7070

At Home in my Street.
Examines home zones in the Netherlands and Germany. Home zones are a street or group of streets where pedestrians and cyclists have priority, and cars travel at little more than walking pace. Examines such questions as: What do neighborhood residents think of home zones? What does a home zone look like? How can successful home zones be created? [PAL format tape.] 1999. 23 min. Video/C 7067

Athens Subway (Modern Marvels.; Athens subway)
Part public works project, part archeological excavation, the modernization of Athens' subway was a monstrous undertaking. Project engineers and archaeologists discuss the difficult balance between progress and preservation and how engineers had to resort to ingenious methods of building and tunneling so as not to harm Athens' ancient treasures. 2004. 50 min. Video/C MM935

Babylon to Bombay, the City Through Time
Explores what it was that led people to begin living in larger, concentrated settlements which eventually became cities. This program discusses factors that contributed to the formation of early urban places and examines the form and function of these places. It investigates the impact of industrialization on cities and how the immigration of large numbers of displaced rural people seeking work changed the nature of cities. It then explores the major features and spatial pattern of cities from ancient times to the 19th century. This survey includes the cities of the hydraulic civilizations, ancient Sumeria, Greece, Rome, Medieval and Renaissance Europe, and the Industrial Revolution. 1991. 56 min. Video/C MM1134

Back from the Brink: Saving America's Cities by Design.
Using three communities in Oregon, California and Tennessee as examples, the need for continuous planning is demonstrated to keep growing cities on track and to revitalize languishing ones. Emphasis is placed on the importance of a downtown area and a sense of community. Washington, D.C.: American Architectural Foundation, c1996. 57 min. Video/C 7314

A Big Stink: City Sewer Systems
Using London as an example, this documentary looks at the history of the city and its sewage, the development and effect on cities of indoor bathrooms and toilets and the sewers built to cope with them. c1995. 29 min. Video/C 8388

Boom: The Sound of Eviction
Explores the relationships between the dot-com boom and bust and community displacement and gentrification in the San Francisco Bay Area. Features interviews with dot-com workers, developers, the Mayor, and the community that challenged their new economic order. 2001. 96 min. Video/C 8697

Boulevards: Good Streets For Good Cities.
Examines the social and practical benefits of well designed boulevards in the inner city. [199-?]. 21 min. Video/C 4394>

Bright Lights, Big City
This program explains the strong effect that street lighting has on cities. In addition to being a powerful tool to prevent crime, more and better lighting has improved the sense of well-being and added new dimensions to the business and social activities of the city. But the problem has turned from quality of light to the quantity. What are the consequences of too much light in our cities? 1995. 29 min. Video/C 8389

Brooklyn Matters
Exposes how, in one community, powerful real estate interests and politicians collaborate to circumvent local laws, seize private property through eminent domain, manipulate public participation and racial politics to push forward what could become the densest development in the United States. Directed by Isabel Hill. Dist.: New Day Films. 2007. 51 min. DVD X3852

Brownsville, Black and White
This powerful documentary explores the complex history of interracial cooperation, urban change, and social conflict in Brownsville, a neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, from the 1930s to the present. A case study of the tragedy of urban American race relations, the film recounts the transformation of Brownsville from a poor but racially harmonious area made up largely of Jews and blacks to a community made up almost entirely of people of color. Produced and directed by Richard Broadman. 2000. 83 min. DVD X3283

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Building a Dream.
Shows how fourteen families in Oakland, Calif., became the first group of urban dwellers to pioneer a national pilot program of cooperatively built housing. 1981. 24 min. DVD 4554 (preservation copy); also VHS Video/C 323

Building America: Land Development Issues in the 21st Century.
Three-part series highlighting the conflicts arising from the right to buy and sell property and the interests in greener building practices, better resource management and biodiversity. 2000. 60 min. each installment

Private Property vs. the Public Trust. In this program a panel discussion explores the complexities that arise when a family's freedom to sell its property for development of a subdivision clashes with their neighbors' and local government's idea of land management. DVD 1643
Endangered: Biodiversity and Economic Development. In this program a panel discussion focuses on choices that must be made between development and maintenance of biodiversity. DVD 1644
Sprawl: Inner Cities and Outer Suburbs. In this program a panel explores the contemporary American housing situation in a nation that creates more than 1.5 million new households per year. DVD 1645
Recycling City Space Examines how sites in the inner city are being reclaimed and recycled for housing. Features a loft in London, reclaimed space in Montreal, and a Vancouver industrial site that has been re-designed for living space. DVD 1646

Building the American Dream: Levittown, NY.
Discusses the history of the housing development Levittown, New York, the first suburb that was made up of tract houses which established the prototype for modern suburbia. Tracing the period from 1947 to the present day, the film includes rare archival footage and photos, an interview with William Levitt and the reminiscences of numerous Levittown residents. The film also shows how a policy of racial discrimination prevented blacks from buying the homes and traces the subsequent collapse of Levitt's construction empire. c1994. 60 min. Video/C 6289

Building 2040. On The Right Track.
The first film examines urban planning efforts in the Portland Metropolitan Area to accomodate future population growth over the next 50 years while protecting the quality of life and natural resources. The second film reviews the history and successes of urban renewal and urban and rural planning efforts in Portland over the past 25 years. 1995. 30 min. Video/C 4430

Building Safer Communities: Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving
Explores how various communities throughout California have adopted the COPPS program (Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving) to assist in addressing problems of neighborhood decay and social disorder to make their communities safer. 1999. 17 min. Video/C 7396

Building Vision and Action
A video training program designed for planners and planning officials to provide effective leadership of citizen participation in rural community land use planning. Chicago: American Planning Association, c1994. 75 min. Video/C 8889

Central City. (Geography Today.)
This program provides an overview of the unique characteristics and complexities of the central city and the central business district. A comparison is made between Los Angeles, California and Manchester, England which, despite their differences, share important basic features in common. c1992. 20 min. Video/C 7071

Chavez Ravine.
This documentary captures how a community was betrayed by greed, political hypocrisy, and good intentions gone astray. Don Normark's haunting photographs evoke a lost Mexican-American village in the heart of downtown LA, razed in the 1950's to build an enormous low-income housing project. Instead, the federally purchased land was used for Dodger Stadium. Directed by Jordan Mechner. 2004. 24 min. DVD 4003

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Chronicle of an American Suburb
Presents the history of Park Forest. Ill., a suburb that came into being after World War II. Includes interviews with people who were the first residents of the town as well as their children who grew up there. Directed, written & edited by H. James Gilmore. 2002. 58 min. DVD X3281

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Cities For People.
Uses historic and contemporary examples of urban public spaces in Italy and the United States to show how cities can be made to be humanly appealing. 1975. 49 min. Video/C 66

City2city
Ten short films by artists from 9 different countries, all working on urban subjects. The films offer a new way of appreciating the aesthetics of our global cities as they are perceived by cutting-edge video artists and experimental filmakers. Crossings / Marina Chernikova (5 min.) -- Nil / Nose Chan (11 min.) -- Worst case scenario / John Smith (19 min.) -- Sarajevo vertical / Toby Cornish (11 min) -- From 7 PM to 7 PM / Alli Savolainen (5 min.) -- Exchangeable cities / Kentaro Taki (9 min.) -- Street crossing / Pablo Altés (6 min.) -- Es geht auch schneller / Ulrich Fischer (9 min.) -- Hors chants / Dudouet & Kaplan (7 min.) -- Je n'ai pas du tout l'intention de sombrer / Augustin Gimel (5 min.). 80 min. DVD X1130

The City
This program examines the metamorphosis of the city from fort and trading post to cultural epicenter and beyond. Ancient cities are discussed and Athens and Rome are compared. Modern cities including New York and Paris are also presented, with a focus on Paris' attempt to re-create itself in the 19th century by razing slums to build monuments and boulevards. City planning and public services are examined as well, along with the middle-class exodus from, and recent return to, many American cities. Originallly produced for trhe television program Ecce homo. c2000. 53 min. Video/C 8129

The City (1939)
Credits: original outline, Pare Lorentz; scenario, Henwar Rodakiewicz; commentary, Lewis Mumford; music, Aaron Copland; film editor, Theodore Lawrence. Dramatizes the transformation of the United States from a country of small towns to a highly urbanized and industrialized society. Originally shown at the 1939 World's Fair, this classic documentary film comments on four types of cities: the New England town, the unplanned industrial community, a crowded metropolis and the decentralized community. Contents: The City (1939, 43 min.) -- Which playground for your child : greenbelt or gutter?" : a documentary from the Greenbelt Museum featuring interviews with three Greenbelt "pioneers" (2000, ca. 15 min.) -- George Stoney in conversation with Joseph Horowitz : a legendary documentary film-maker revisits The City (2007, 29 min.)Produced by American Institute of Planning through Civic Films, Inc. ; produced by American Documentary Films, Inc. ; directed and photographed by Ralph Steiner, Willard Van Dyke. 44 min. DVD X2827; vhs Video/C 4969

Gillette, Howard. "Film as Artifact: The City (1939)." American Studies (Lawrence, KS) 1977 18(2): 71-85.
Lauerbach, Helmut. "Greenbelt New Towns - Ready To Serve A Better Age": Ideologie Und Rhetorik In The City (1939)." Amerikastudien/American Studies [Germany] 1992 37(1): 51-63.
Medhurst, Martin J. and Benson, Thomas W. "The City: The Rhetoric Of Rhythm." Communication Monographs 1981 48(1): 54-72.

City Beautiful: Zoning For Aesthetics
Christopher Duerksen, an attorney and specialist in land use law, discusses actions which planners can take to ensure that developments are aesthetically pleasing. Focus is on sign control, design review boards and other issues and what the courts have to say about them. 1990. 90 min. Video/C 2747

City Countdown
Identifies urban problems in developed and developing nations as reflected in the slums of Bangkok, Lima, and New York. Analyzes rural migration to urban centers and shows the effect urban poverty has upon the child and the family. 1981. 20 min. Video/C MM579

City Life.
Series examining the effect of globalization on people and cities worldwide. c2001. 30 min. each installment

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City Life. Marta Suplicy is the new mayor of Sao Paulo, Brazil who is determined to make Sao Paulo a sustainable 21st century global city. This program follows her as she visits schools, hospitals, favelas, and a shelter for battered women, in her quest to improve the living conditions of the city. Video/C 8929

The Long March. This film tells the story of Chengdu: In 256 BC, the Dujiangyan Irrigation System was built, channeling the Min River through Chengdu in what is still seen as a triumph of hydraulic engineering. The irrigation system was neglected and abused during the industrial development of the 1970's, resulting in massive pollution and floods. Today, Chengdu's government has succeeded in reversing the damage, turning an urban nightmare into a model of modern-day planning. Video/C 8930

Doing the Right Thing. Porto Alegre, the capital of Brazil's southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sul, was once an ordinary, dirty, Brazilian port city. Through a direct democracy program known as the "participatory budget," transformation has taken place, including a fallen unemployment rate, an excellent public transportation system, and the dramatic improvement of poor neighborhoods. This program traces the experiences of two women, both born in poor slum areas, who have risen through this program as neighborhood leaders. Video/C 8935

The Barcelona Blueprint Once the industrial heart of the region of Catalonia in Spain, Barcelona was becoming a failed European city when a visionary local government decided to radically redevelop the city in the run for the 1992 Olympics. It is now considered a model 21st century city, combining historic buildings with modern architecture. This program takes a tour of Barcelona's seafront and listens to a studio debate on the issues facing cities and those who live in them. This debate was part of the Special Session of the UN General Assembly held in New York in 2001. Video/C 8937

The City of the Future.
Explores various attempts to develop a new vision of the city which will find alternative means of transportation and new life-styles to replace our current dependency on automobiles. Examines mixed-use projects in which housing, shops, and employment are clustered together, and plans for integrating green areas and pedestrian and bicycle thoroughfares into city plans. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2594

Claiming Open Spaces
Explores African-American culture as it clashes with the design of the modern American city. The film is both a critical examination of the design and histories of American urban open space, as well as a celebration of leisure, recreation and resistance. Includes case studies of Columbus, Ohio, New Orleans, Louisiana and Oakland, California. Directed by Austin Allen. Dist.: Third World Newsreel. 1995. 87 min. DVD X5675

Community by Design. (Ways we live: exploring community; 3.)
This program explores the role that design plays in community and visits some of the most progressive thinkers on the subject. It goes to San Francisco to listen to "new urbanist" planner Peter Calthorpe; to Berkeley for "Eco-City Berkeley" author Richard Register and to Toronto to meet architect John van Nostrand; and to a Vancouver suburb where an unusual development called Murray's Corner has become an experiment in human-scale design. c1997. 26 min. Video/C 6290

Community Visioning
A presentation to help planners, citizens, planning officials and elected officials of local and regional jurisdictions to understand and design visioning procedures in the planning process. Methods to encourage community participation are emphasized. Videotaped at the American Institute of Certified Planners workshop during the 1994 National Planning Conference of the American Planning Association. 120 min. Video/C 8891

Community Onsite Options: Wastewater Management in the New Millennium
Program Phase IV Advisory Panel, US EPA Office of Wastewater Management. Documentary introducing the concepts of community onsite/decentralized waste management (OMS) options. Designed to introduce community leaders, local officials and interested audiences to the concepts, ideas and processes of OMS. 2002. 17 min. Video/C MM924

The Concrete Revolution: The Other Side of the "Chinese Miracle"
Through a blend of social commentary, frank interviews and evocative imagery, examines the tremendous moral and human cost of creating a 'New China' for the 2008 Olympics. As traditional communities are bulldozed to make way for modern high-rise apartments and ancient traditions are cast aside, just who is benefitting? 2004. 61 min. DVD 5541

Conflict Resolution and Strategic Analysis
Experts in the field of planning give lectures on conflict resolution and strategic analysis designed for city and regional planning professionals. Chicago, IL: American Institute of Certified Planners, c1994. 176 min. Video/C 8890

Creating Communities.
Eye on the world -- Focus the community toward transit -- Encourage a variety of uses -- Create streets for people -- Preserve open spaces and incorporate the environment into community design -- Involve citizens in the creation of their community. 1996. 13 min. Video/C 4899

Creating Community: Lafayette Park
The community of Lafayette Park in downtown Detroit demonstrates a workable solution for urban sprawl. Created by architect Mies van der Rohe, developer Herbert Greenwald, planner Ludwig Hilberseimer and landscape architect Alfred Caldwell, Lafayette Park is listed in the National Register of Historic Places because of the excellence of its urban design and the quality of its community planning. c1999. 34 min. Video/C MM875

Crossroads: A Story of West Oakland.
A collage of drawings, photographs, historical footage, interviews and location shooting, this documentary reconstructs the transformation of West Oakland from a pasture land to a port of entry for African Americans from the South. While job opportunities caused mass migration of ethnic groups to the area around the Second World War, the film also shows the population decline in West Oakland after the building of the Cypress Freeway and, later, BART. Souther Pacific Railroad's contribution to the development of the area is highlighted. Producer/director, Bill Jersey. 1996. 29 min. DVD 4327 (preservation copy); also on VHS Video/C 4276

Deciding a Future
Behind the prosperity of the big cities of Bangkok, Lima, and New York, lies a distinct undergrowth of poverty. This documentary examines how people are rectifying the situation by building a day-care center in Lima, undertaking self-help action for garbage collection and disease control in Bangkok, and renovating buildings in New York City's Bedford-Stuyvesant area. 1981. 20 min. Video/C MM648

The Developing City.
Examines the growth of a town into a city; the center city, housing, suburbia and exurbia; the relocation of business, industry and people, and the relationship between jobs, housing and transportation. As an example of city development compares the growth of Manchester, England with that of Los Angeles, California. c1992. 20 min. Video/C 7069

Divided Highways (Roadway Express)
During the forty years of it's construction, the Interstate Highway System has altered our sense of space, fueled the mega-economy, cut through our city neighborhoods, and changed the lives of millions of people. Using archival material, newsreels and interviews, this film describes the impact of the world's largest public works project on American community, culture, regionalism and freedom and describes the ideals, motives, and methods of it's builders. 1997. 85 min. Video/C 6153

Division Street
Explores the impact that highways have on wildlife and wildlife habitat, and underlines the need for proper transportation and development planning by taking wildlife corridors into consideration. The film presents a new generation of ecologists, engineers, planners, and everyday citizens who are making way for wildlife by transforming the future of the American road. A film by Eric Bendick. Dist.: The Video Project. c2009. 56 min. DVD X2489

Downtown: Anchors of a New Economy.
Presents various 1995 merit awards and special achievement awards followed by a more extensive look at recipient cities of the outstanding achievement award for central city urban renewal successes in the United States. Contents: Merit and special achievement awards (16 min.) -- Sacramento, leading the way in California (8 min) -- Uptown, New York (5 min.). 1995. 27 min. Video/C 7791

Downtown Renewal: A Story of Success.
Presents various 1996 merit awards and special achievement awards followed by a more extensive look at recipient cities of the outstanding achievement award for central city urban renewal successes in the United States. Contents: Merit and special achievement awards (17 min.) -- Indianapolis Circle Centre full circle celebration (7 min) -- Atlanta ambassadors (5 min.). 1996. 28 min. Video/C 7792

[Downtown:] 1998 IDA Downtown Achievement Awards
Presents various 1998 merit awards and special achievement awards followed by a more extensive look at the recipient city of the outstanding achievement award for central city urban renewal successes in the United States. Contents: Merit and special achievement awards (14 min.) -- Re-use of vacant buildings in downtown Denver since 1990 (4 min.). 18 min. Video/C 7793

[Downtown:] 1999 IDA Downtown Achievement Awards
Presents various 1999 merit awards and special achievement awards followed by a more extensive look at the recipient city of the outstanding achievement award for central city urban renewal successes in the United States. Contents: Merit and special achievement awards (12 min.) -- Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco, California (4 min.). 1999. 16 min. Video/C 7794

Dreams of a City: Creating East Palo Alto.
happens when citizens decide to begin taking control of their future. The issues faced are those facing urban communities all across America: inequality in education; achieving local political control; grappling with the challenges of crime, economic develoment, racial and ethnic diviersity and demographic change. c1996. 56 min. Video/C MM832

The Ecumenical Association For Housing.
Tour of environmentally sensitive rental housing designed to serve the needs of senior citizens, low income families, and the handicapped. 199?. 33 min. Video/C 2719

Empty Centre (Die Leere Mitte)
An experimental political archaeology of the strip between former East and West Berlin. "Potsdamer Platz is a square in the centre of Berlin.... Before WWII, it used to be the centre of the city.... Then it became a deadly minefield, enclosed between the borders of the Cold War. In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and the area between the walls, the empty margins of the border opened....now, the centre returns." 1998. 62 min. DVD 5471

The End of Suburbia: Oil Depletion and the Collapse of the American Dream
Through interviews with scientists and policy makers this documentary explores the premise that American suburbs, built on the easy availability of fossil fuels, may become untenable. As oil reserves are exhausted and energy prices skyrocket in the coming years, how will the populations of suburbia react to the collapse of their dream? Are today's suburbs destined to become the slums of tomorrow? 2004. 78 min. DVD 3193

Escaping from History. (Human Race; 4)
Mexico City, the most polluted and fastest growing city on the planet, is a sobering foretaste of what may await us all. Looking at the effects of industrialization on Mexico, and the impact of its development on the rest of the world, this program finds reasons for optimism. But it's a tough equation: for the Third World to have more, the First World will have to get used to having less. c1994. 53 min. Video/C 7204

Ethical Dilemmas In Planning.
Panel discussion among planners who grapple with ethical issues in a series of scenarios presented to them by moderator Jerome Kaufman. 1993. 67 min. Video/C 3377

The Fillmore (Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco.)
Remembered today mainly for its rock and roll auditorium, San Francisco's Fillmore District is one of the great cautionary tales of American urban life. From the wholesale removal of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the jazz heyday of the 1950s to the bulldozers of urban renewal, the Fillmore District has seen its share of drama. This video explores the many worlds of the neighborhood, past and present, and the bittersweet memories of residents who fought for the survival of one of America's premier black communities. c1999. 84 min. DVD X6775; Video/C 7746

Fishing in the City
Explores the role of recreational fishing on the Potomac River in Washington, DC. By showing who fishes with whom and what each group does with its catch this unusual documentary provides a window on some of the social bonds that sustain the city's ethnic communities and on some of the activities that help build bridges across them. Directed by Karen Brodkin Sacks, Allen Moore. 1990. 29 min. Video/C MM656

Flag Wars
Filmed over a 4 year period, "Flag Wars" is a poignant account of the politics and pain of gentrification. It explores the effects on a long-established working-class black neighborhood in Columbus, Ohio when gay white professionals move into and begin to transform the area. The clashes expose prejudice and self-interest on both sides, as well as the common dream to have a home to call your own. Directed by Linda Goode Bryant; codirected by Laura Poitras Videocassette release of a documentary broadcast June 17, 2003 on PBS's Point of View television program. 90 min. DVD X4005 Video/C 9863

Quart, Lonard. " Flag wars." Cineaste. Fall 2003. Vol. 28, Iss. 4; p. 72 UC users only

The Garden and the Grid.
Americans have struggled to marry the ideal city to the pragmatism of the easily subdivisible iron plan. Discusses city planning, urban renewal and new concepts such as pedestrian-scaled urbanism, like colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Part of the Pride of Place series. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 898

Ghosts Along The Freeway.
In the 1950's new freeways gave Americans increased mobility but also became instruments of destruction. This film examines the effects the coming of the "super highways" had on two established neighborhoods in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Area. Rondo Avenue was the heart of St. Paul's African-American community, and Lowry Hill once boasted many of Minneapolis' most lavish homes. When the freeway tore through these two communities, the character of these neighborhoods was changed forever. 1991. 10 min. Video/C 4550

The Good Society. Part One
This program profiles Atlanta, often cited as one of America's most livable cities, and yet one of the poorest cities in the U.S. In spite of the divisions within the city -- rich and poor, black and white -- Atlanta is a place where Americans are coming together to work for a better community. Presenter: Bill Moyers. Based on the book by Robert Bellah, The Good Society (Environ Dsgn E169.12.G645 1991; Main Stack; E169.12.G645 1991; Soc Welfare E169.12.G645 1991). Originally broadcast on the television series Listening to America. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 7210

The Good Society. Part Two
This program focuses on Los Angeles, portraying the people who have recognized that cooperative action is the only solution to help benefit the community as a whole. The need is even clearer now in light of recent riots. This program features interviews with) individuals and organizations who put forth their ideas in support of building community in economically devastated urban areas. Presenter: Bill Moyers. Based on the book by Robert Bellah, The Good Society (Environ Dsgn E169.12.G645 1991; Main Stack; E169.12.G645 1991; Soc Welfare E169.12.G645 1991). Originally broadcast on the television series Listening to America. 1994. 60 min. Video/C 7211

Great Cities: Rise of the Megalopolis
This program surveys the emergence and development of the megacity -- both as an intellectual concept and as a physical phenomenon that is altering the face of the planet. The film examines present-day issues associated with the mammoth metropolis, including poverty, unemployment, rampant crime, poor or nonexistent healthcare, and air and water pollution. While many problems are studied in the context of the developing world, the program clearly ties them to Western cities as well. Directed by Chema Rodriguez. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2007. 51 min. DVD X2870

Green Towns USA: A New Deal
During the Depression as part of the New Deal, the Roosevelt Administration built experimental new towns in the states of Ohio, Wisconsin and Maryland. This film examines these Depression-era experiments in city planning, and looks for guidance for today's pressing urban issues -- urban sprawl, community identity, governmental leadership, ecological awareness, and the quality of life. From the point of view of people who live in Green Towns, we learn about their history, vulnerability, and relevance. c2009. 57 min. DVD X2869

Growing Together: Consensus Building, Smart Growth, and Community Change
Many communities are finding the issue of how to grow a divisive one. This film offers an alternative to the discord and stalemate that too often occurs over how to approach change as a community - "consensus building." Speaking in their own words, community officials, concerned citizens, and developers of smart growth and revitalization projects discuss how difficult issues can be approached collaboratively to find successful paths for change, using principles discussed by consensus-building experts. Included is a written guide to using the film to spur community discussion about how to approach growth challenges. A film by Melissa Paly. c2006. 52 min. DVD X4615

The Growth of Towns and Cities
This program examines how industrialization in Great Britain led to urbanization, which led to higher rents and overcrowding, which in turn led to governmental controls. It also shows how railways and improved transportation opened up cities, and led to the growth of suburbs. 1992. 20 min. Video/C 8386

Halsted Street U.S.A.
A history of the "Backbone of Chicago," Halsted Street, which begins as Route 1 at the southern tip of Illinois and leads up into the soul of Chicago, where it merges with Broadway. Shows the diversity of America including small towns, big cities, and different elements of the "melting pot" of America. Produced, directed, written, & edited by David E. Simpson. Narrator, Studs Terkel. 1998. 57 min. Video/C MM606

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street
Through the voices of committed residents, activists and city officials, this documentary shows how a Boston community, the Dudley Street Neighborhood, was able to create and carry out its own agenda for change. 1996. 58 min. Video/C 4709

Home.
Discusses the legal and economic problems of squatters in East New York who are reclaiming some of the 6,000 abandoned buildings in New York City. Includes interviews with homeless persons and political and community leaders. 1986. 30 min. Video/C 2515

Home Economics: A Documentary of Suburbia
Documents the American dream of home ownership via portraits and landscapes from a Los Angeles suburb. Three women and a teenage girl speak of their struggles to sustain family and community connections amid current socio-economic conditions. Their stories reveal a sad irony--home ownership is often achieved at the expense of the very values a home is said to represent. 1994. 47 min. Video/C 6116

Homes and Hands: Community Land Trusts in Action
Shows how communities nationwide are organizing to gain control of their local land and resources, using the community land trust model to create a stock of permanently affordable housing. Directed by Helen S. Cohen and Debra Chasnoff. 1998. 36 min. Video/C 8956

Hometown Blues: The Struggle Over Growth in the Bay Area
A documentary addressing the San Francisco Bay Area's housing and growth crisis. Explores quality of life issues -- affordable housing, transportation, the environment -- and poses possible solutions. Elected officials and citizens as well as community, environmental and business leaders weigh in on these topics. Association of Bay Area Governments. [Oakland, CA]: ABAG, 1999. 29 min. Video/C 7417

Horton Plaza, San Diego California: Downtown Super-regional Shopping Center.
Describes the Horton Plaza designed by Jon Jerde, a highly successful shopping center completed in 1985 in downtown San Diego. 1990.18 min. Video/C 5371

Houses in the Fields
What price is paid when farm land is sold for development? What price will future generations pay for the focus on short term market priorities? Can some small farms be saved from being consumed for places to build more houses, apartments and shopping centers? This film chronicles the efforts made by citizens in cities and towns throughout the United States who look at agricultural land as a priceless and imperiled asset. 1995. 26 min. Video/C 8440

In The Pit (En el hoyo)
A powerful documentary about the personal struggles behind the construction of a massive elevated freeway over Mexico City. With lyricism and compassion, this reveals the medieval nightmare underneath an ambitious utopian dream. Mexico City's Periferico Beltway, more than ten miles of elevated reinforced concrete, supported by massive towers, has been planned to both soar above and link the city's densely gridlocked urban neighborhoods. But while the roadway is a spectacular miracle of modern architectural design, it comes with a human cost. Written and directed by Juan Carlos Rulfo. 2006. 84 min. DVD 8334

In The Street
Examines city planning initiatives in Toronto, Canada focusing on traffic calming in residential neighborhoods, a street enhancement controversy, and bicycle infrastructure in the city. 1995. 15 min. Video/C 4196

Indonesia: Urban Development in Jakarta
This film portrays problems of urban development in greater Jakarta, told through the lives of the poor working class Zaini family. Urbanization is leading to pressure on resources, space, and people, and to acute problems of growth, such as water supply, transport,and land shortage. The growth of the big business central district, or "Golden Triangle," is contrasted with the makeshift dwellings the Zaini family is forced to live in as they move from one location to another. The role of the informal economy, factory work, and financial sector are highlighted. 1996. 20 min. Video/C 7213

The Informal Sector
Examines the economics of the informal sector, housing settlements and small-scale enterprise housing developments in and around Nairobi, Kenya. 1986. 23 min. Video/C 3690

Interdependency, Quake '89.
In the California earthquake of 1989 meeting the needs of disaster victims reached far beyond immediately available resources to dependency upon other cities, the county, regional and state government and private citizens. Film includes interviews with emergency assistance providers and city, county and state officials to determine how pre-planned interdependence between various layers of government and private citizens can facilitate future disaster relief efforts. 1989. 15 min. Video/C 284

The Internal City
Outlines the evolution of the spatial form of the North American city. Presents and evaluates three models of urban land use: the concentric ring model, the sector model, and the multiple-nuclei model. Considers the impact of the movement of people and goods on urban spatial patterns. Examines ways of reducing traffic congestion and the effects of city life on the human psyche. 1991. 56 min. Video/C MM1135

International Ecocity Conference (4th: 2000: Curitiba, Brazil).
Features highlights from the April, 2000 conference in Curitiba, Brazil and includes many of the presentations as well as interviews with conference participants. International experts share their thoughts on the future of cities, people and the environment. Commentary: Jaime Lerner, Richard Register, Jeff Kenworthy, Dietmar Hahweg, Joan Bokaer, Paul Downton, Peter Berg, Mauricio Andres Ribeiro, Cleon Ricardo dos Santos. 42 min. Video/C 8404

It's a Mall World
Examines cultural and psychological aspects of what is now an archetypal suburban experience: shopping at the mall. Visiting "cathedrals of consumerism" throughout North America -- from the Southdale, Minnesota, progenitor of the enclosed retail mall to the absurdly spectacular Grand Canal Shoppes and Desert Passage in Las Vegas -- the video raises fundamental questions about consumer identity and diversity. Evoking "experience retail" as a conceptual counterpoint to Internet-driven home shopping, the program also catalyzes inquiry into the relationship between economics, architecture, and human interaction. 2001. 47 min. DVD 5624

John Nash and London.
Describes John Nash's contribution to the renewal of London, England, through his designs for Regent Street and Regent's Park, which wove together monumental plazas, commercial streets, and human-scale blocks of housing. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2592

Jane Jacobs: Urban Wisdom
In this program Jane Jacobs, influential author on urban affairs, shares her insights into urban planning by tracing the progression of ideas in her books. An extended interview with Jacobs is blended with scenes from various North American cities and footage of her 1997 seminar, "Ideas that matter." 2003. 44 min. Video/C 9781

Kirstin Miller in Conversation with Jaime Lerner, Governor of Parana, Brazil
An interview with the innovative mayor who made Curitiba, Brazil one of the world's most ecological cities. Lerner, now Governor of the state of Parana, Brazil, talks to journalist Kirsin Miller about the past, present and future of healthy urban environments. "Taped on April 3, 2000 at the Fourth International Ecocity Conference, Curitiba, Brazil." 6 min. Video/C 8403

Laid to Waste: a Chester Neighborhood Fights for its Future
"Simply put, this acclaimed documentary is the best case study of environmental injustice and racism available on video. In the economically depressed, largely African-American "West End" of Chester, Pennsylvania, Zulene Mayfield lives next door to the fourth-largest trash-to-steam incinerator in the nation and a few doors away from a large processing facility for infectious and hazardous medical waste. The county's sewage treatment plant sits adjacent to her neighbors' homes a block away, and additional waste-processing facilities have been proposed for the community." 1996. 53 min. DVD 4597

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Land Trusts In America.
Volunteers and professionals show how land trusts work to preserve America's "special places" and help donors, landowners, and public officials learn about land trusts and why they are becoming the fastest growing part of the conservation movement. c1991. 14 min. Video/C 4104

Land Use and Building the American Community
A lecture by architect, Peter Calthorpe, concerning the need to create environmentally healthy communities through local and regional planning and governance. He focuses on cities in California, Oregon and Colorado as successful and unsuccessful case studies. 1996. 56 min. Video/C 4708

Lawrence Halprin--Environmental Designer.
Lawrence Halprin talks about his philosophy and ideas concerning environmental planning and design. Examples of his work in Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis and other cities are presented. 1975. 29 min. Video/C 656

The Least Remembered City: Featuring Norman Klein.
Features the critic and historian of mass culture, Norman Klein, who leads viewers on an "anti-tour" of the hidden, forgotten, and completely erased Los Angeles. Based on: The history of forgetting : Los Angeles and the erasure of memory by Norman M. Klein (Main Stack F869.L857.K58 1997; Bancroft F869.L857.K58 1997) c1998. 30 min. DVD X10 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 8886

Lessons From A Disaster Forum: Experiences And Suggestions Of Local Officials In Managing The Recovery From Disasters.
Panel 1: George Caravalho (City Manager, Santa Clarita), Dave Carmany (CM, Malibu), Sue Tsuda (CM, Yucca Valley), Mary Strenn (CM, San Fernando), John Jalili (CM, Santa Monica), Paul Flores (Calif. Dept. of Emergency Services), Barbara Kambouris (FEMA). Panel 2: Bill Cavenaugh (Laguna Beach police), Don Duckworth (consultant), Gary Gates (Berkeley, fire chief), Gaddis Farmer (Simi Valley, building official), Gail Foy (Santa Clarita, pub. info. officer). Panel moderator: Tom Mauk (City manager, Whittier).

Coverage of a conference by and for city managers designed to assist them with strategies for recovery from natural and man-made disasters. Two panels of city managers from California communities which have suffered from major disasters including earthquakes, fire and flood, discuss their experiences with the community recovery process and answer questions from the audience.1994. 188 min. Video/C 4215

Lewis Mumford on the City
Six-part series examining all aspects of the city through Lewis Mumford's singular vision and the human condition as influenced by the problems of city life. Based on Lewis Mumford's book The city in History. National Film Board of Canada, 1963. 28 min. each installment.

The City -- Heaven and Hell. Outlines the creative and destructive forces as they have affected the city in history, describing elements that influenced the creation of the first cities about 5,000 years ago, and the forces that now threaten to destroy the city. Video/C 9629

The City -- Cars or People? Studies the problem of transportation versus people in the city, explaining the importance of making the city accessible without allowing transportation to make it congested and uninhabitable. Discusses the threat posed by the increasing number of private automobiles in the city. Video/C 9630

The City and Its Region.Points out that cities thrive best when they live in harmony with the countryside around them. This segment relates the statement to modern-day cities and discusses how this balance can be maintained or restored in today's sprawling metropolitan regions. Video/C 9631

The Heart of the City.Presents a study of the growing sterility, dullness and congestion that is destroying the vitality and breadth that once made cities physically attractive and humanly creative. Video/C 9632

The City as Man's Home. Looks at slums, giant public-housing complexes, mass suburbs and anonymous luxury apartments to be found in large cities, explaining how they contribute to the lowering of communal standards of living. Discusses why communal standards are falling while personal standards of living are rising, and explains what cities can do to improve communal living standards. Video/C 9633

The City and the Future. Explains that in many regions of the world a choice must be made between low-grade urban sprawl or a new kind of regional city. Examines prospects for the city and discusses ways to restore its role as the focus of man's highest achievement. Video/C 9634

Living with the Past.
Cairo, Egypt is one of the few intact medieval cities in the world. In Darb al-Ahmar, a neighborhood at the heart of the old city, four major restoration projects are in progress, to preserve ancient monuments. Uniquely, there are also development projects to improve the living standards of the local people, along with the restoration projects. 2001. 56 min. Video/C MM457

The Lost World Of The Maya.
Follows Eric Thompson, an authority on Mayan civilization, as he embarks on a pilgrimage through Central America. Describes ruins existing in such ancient cities as Tikal, Palenque, Yaxchilan, and Quirigna, and re-creates the Mayas' daily life. Concludes with a description of the theories that have been used to explain why Mayan civilization fell. A segment from the television program Nova. 1972. 3/4' UMATIC. 36 min. Video/C 250

A Lot in Common.
Neighbors discover they have a lot in common when together they turn a vacant lot into a community garden in Berkeley, California. Landscape architect/psychologist Karl Linn who envisioned and orchestrated the creation of the gardens, explains how a commons is being created in the process. c2003. 77 min. Video/C MM474

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Main Street At Work: The Four Point Approach.
Shows how Tarboro, North Carolina and Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania have adapted the comprehensive main street approach to fit the needs and assets of their own downtowns and created ongoing revitalization programs with successes in organization, promotion, design, and economic development. 1984. 21 min. Video/C 2130

Main Street At Work: Getting Organized.
Reveals how McKinney, Texas, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and Shelby, North Carolina initiated and sustained their main street programs by developing strong public/private partnerships, broadening participation, building nonprofit organizations from volunteer efforts and establishing a stable funding base. 1984. 21 min. Video/C 2239

Make No Little Plans: Daniel Burnham and the American City
Few individuals have had more impact on the American city than architect and planner Daniel Hudson Burnham. In the midst of late nineteenth century urban disorder, Burnham offered a powerful vision of what a civilized American city could look like that provided a compelling framework for Americans to make sense of the world around them. Directed by Judith Paine McBrien. c2009. 60 min. DVD X4510

Making Sense of Place, Cleveland: Confronting Decline in an American City
A documentary film study of Cleveland, Ohio--once America's fifth largest city, and today a metropolitan area struggling to reverse the cumulative effects of decline. Incorporating historic footage of Cleveland's vibrant economic past and recent interviews with city leaders and neighborhood residents, this film is an examination of the difficulties a new generation must confront in dealing with an uncertain future. This film seeks to educate and inspire citizens to engage in a better-informed civic dialogue about economic opportunities, social equity, regional impacts, and public and private partnerships to shape the future of Cleveland and other cities. 2006. 58 min. DVD 8192

Making Sense of Place, Phoenix the Urban Desert /
Documentary about urban growth and change in and around Phoenix, Arizona. Explores individual choices, the democratic process, and market forces and how they have affected growth, economic development, and quality of life. Includes original photography, historical footage, and interviews with citizens, local officials, and urban planners. 2003. 58 min. DVD 8193

Making Streets That Work.
An overview of street design projects in Seattle looking at what constitutes good design. The interrelationship of street, sidewalk, buildings, parking lots and green space are explored. 1996. 15 min. Video/C 4436

Malls R Us
Documentary that examines the social significance of shopping malls. Looks at North America's most popular and profitable suburban destination-the enclosed shopping center-and how for consumers they function as a communal, even ceremonial experience and, for retailers, sites where their idealism, passion and greed merge. Written and directed by Helene Klodawsky. 2008. 78 min. DVD X2319

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Manufactured Landscapes
A documentary on the world and work of renowned artistic photographer Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large-scale photographs of landscapes transformed by industry -- quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. This film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country capturing the evidence and effects of China's massive industrial revolution. This film extends the narratives of Burtynsky's photographs, meditating on human impact on the planet without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. Director, Jennifer Baichwal. 2006. 86 min. DVD 8830

Market Portraits: The Magic Of Downtown Farmers' Markets.
Two examples of downtown farmers' markets as focus points for downtown activity. 1989. Video/C 1646

Meeting Management: A Mock Commission Hearing
A video training package designed to help planning officials and planners improve their meeting management skills, handle unruly citizens, move through the business expeditiously and consider the image the commissioners project to the public. Recorded: San Francisco, 1994 APA National Conference. 120 min. Video/C 8888

Meeting the Urban Challenge: An Introduction To the Office Of Housing And Urban Programs, Private Enterprise Bureau, USAID.
First firlm profiles efforts by the Office of Housing and Urban Programs (USAID) which is working to meet basic human needs for shelter, employment and community life in developing countries. Second film gives examples of housing and housing development projects. 1988? 27 min. Video/C 3691

Mega-cities: Urban Leadership for the 21st Century
Discusses cities that by the twenty-first century will have populations greater than ten million and whether these mega-cities can provide basic human needs for so many people of so many diverse cultures. This video discusses the Los Angeles Mega-Cities Project and provides an overview of an array of innovative projects and leaders currently working in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. 199-? 29 min. Video/C 8439

Megamall: A Story of Money, Power, Politics, and the American Landscape
Documents the origins of the massive Palisades Center mall and its impact on suburban Rockland County, New York, 18 miles north of Manhattan. The film kicks off when the biggest mall developer in the Northeast comes to the smallest county in New York to build its biggest mall yet on a toxic dump, one mile from the filmmakers' homes. That move sparks a citizen uprising which lasts almost 20 years. Produced and directed by Vera Aronow, Sarah Mondale, Roger Grange. 2010. DVD X3238
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Metropolis.
Features economist John Kenneth Galbraith discussing some of the ideas and views that are presented in his book entitled,The Age of Uncertainty. Portrays problems of the industrial society as seen in the urban metropolis, which best reflects its uncertainty and crisis. 1977. 60 min. 3/4" UMATIC. Video/C 487

The Metropolitan Future Conference on the Metropolitan Future ]1963 : Berkeley, Calif.]).
Recorded on September 26, 1963 in the Peacock Court of the Mark Hopkins Hotel, San Francisco and on September 27, 1963 in Pauley Ballroom, Student Union, University of California, Berkeley.

1. Opening session--Introduction / by Clark Kerr and Catherine Wurster--The reorganization of London's governments / by Sir Edwin Herbert, comments by Caspar W. Weinberger, T.J. Kent Jr., John T. Knox, Roy Sorenson.
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2. The future of cities : alternatives-- -Introduction / by Edward W. Carter--In defense of the city : urbanity or suburbanity / by Edmund Bacon--The new towns principle and the urban region / by Peter Sele--An unusual metropolis : the regional complex of cities and country / by Jacobus P. Thijsse--Decentralization : the end of cities? / by Scott Greer.
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3. Comments on the future of cities : alternatives / by Sherman Maisel, John L. Merrill, Melville C. Branch, Edward P. Eichler.
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4. The good environment--Introduction / by William M. Roth--Lessons from modern urban design / by Steen Eiler Rasmussen--The private developer / by James W. Rouse.
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5. Comments on the good environment / by Victor H. Palmieri, M. Justin Herman, Alfred E. Heller, VernonDemars.
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6. Metropolitan trends, problems, tools--Introduction / by Edward W. Strong--Social issues : the disadvantaged and the amenity seekers / by Robert C. Weaver--Economic and technological trends : implications / by Harvey S. Perloff--Political structure and planning / by W.L.C. Wheaton.
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7. Comments on metropolitan trends, problems, tools / by Joseph D. Lohman, Edward R. Roybal, Caspar W. Weinberger, Milton G. Gordon, Joseph A. Rattigan.
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8. State and federal roles in metropolitan development-- Introduction / by Edward W. Strong--Guiding future growth : the division of responsibility / by Edmund G. Brown--Paying for urban growth / by George W. Mitchell.
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9. Comments on state and federal roles in metropolitan development / by Norris Nash, Richard Carpenter, Percy H. Steele, Jr., John W. Dyckman.
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10. The future of metropolitan California-- Introduction / by Gerald H. Hagar--comments by Clark Kerr, Martin Meyerson, T. George Harris, Jesse M. Unruh, George W. Mitchell, Wilmont Sweeney, James W. Rouse.
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11. Introduction / by Gerald H. Hagar--A vision for California / by Earl Warren.
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Murray Avenue: A Community in Transition
Presents a close-up view of life on Murray Avenue in the traditional Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hill in Pittsburgh, Pa. Reveals how generations of residents confronted the coldness of urban living and provides a glimpse of a life-style that might soon be lost. 1985. 28 min. Video/C 4710

Natural Details: Urban Ecosystems.
Examines four design projects, among them urban streams, volunteer restoration, new school construction and industrial landscapes which each sought as a design goal the retention of existing urban nature systems. 1995. 29 min. Video/C 4195

Negotiating And Mediating Land Use Disputes.
Edith Netter, Attorney, discusses the role of the planner as a mediator in land use disputes, the importance of the function of mediator and what characteristics are required of a good mediator. Members of a panel then complete her presentation by demonstrating the mechanisms of the mediation process by role playing various adversaries in land dispute cases: a land developer, a zoning administrator, and a member of a citizen's action committee. 1992. Video/C 2648

The Neighborhood Of Coelhos
Looks at the lives of the 400,000 desperately poor inhabitants of Coelhos, a slum outside the city of Recife, Brazil. Examines the problems created by rapid urban growth in developing countries and the remedies that Brazil is attempting. 1982. 28 min. Video/C 3686

Neighborhoods: The Hidden Cities of San Francisco

The Castro. Chronicles the history of the Castro district from a working class neighborhood to the center of gay and lesbian life in San Francisco. Written and directed by Peter L. Stein. 1997. DVD X6785; Video/C 5004

Chinatown Journey inside Chinatown's tumultuous and inspiring history to witness how the past and present live together in one of San Francisco's oldest communities. Through a vivid mixture of personal recollections, archival photos, poetry and narration, film recalls the days when the neighborhood was shut out from society, a distinct ghetto and a refuge for new immigrants. Visit the offices of the Chinese Times, published daily since 1884. Poignant documentary footage reveals the stories of how residents made a life and thrived despite discriminatory legislation--starting with local ordinances and culminating with the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act in 1882. Producer & director, Felicia Lowe, 1996. 60 min. DVD 9560 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4379

The Fillmore Remembered today mainly for its rock and roll auditorium, San Francisco's Fillmore District is one of the great cautionary tales of American urban life. From the wholesale removal of Japanese Americans during World War II, to the jazz heyday of the 1950s to the bulldozers of urban renewal, the Fillmore District has seen its share of drama. This video explores the many worlds of the neighborhood, past and present, and the bittersweet memories of residents who fought for the survival of one of America's premier black communities. c1999. 84 min. DVD 9562 [preservation copy]; Video/C 7746

The Mission. Tells the story of San Francisco's Mission District from the time of the Ohlone Indians, through the Gold Rush, the close-knit Irish community of the twenties, the Latin identity of the neighborhood in the sixties, to the mosaic of the contemporary Mission, from its hidden community of day laborers to the vibrant New Bohemia to the roucous sounds of carnaval. 60 min. DVD 9559 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 4357

New Suburbia
The spread of suburban housing has given rise to a neo-traditionalism, an attempt to capture the look and feel of a small town in a suburban environment. This video examines the Prince Charles project in Poundbury, England; a Seaside, Florida waterfront community; a unique housing subdivision in Markham, Ontario; and a bedroom community of Calgary, Alberta, all examples of neo-traditionalism. Originally presented as a segment on the television program Home by design. 2002. 24 min. DVD 1736

The Next Industrial Revolution: William McDonough, Michael Braungart and the Birth of the Sustainable Economy
Tells the story of the movement led by architect Bill McDonough and chemist Michael Braungart to bring together ecology and human design. Explores how businesses are transforming themselves to work with nature and profitability. 2001. 55 min. DVD 1190

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No Deposit-No Return.
Surveys a recycling renaissance that is taking place, from Oregon's pioneering statewide effort, to a Philadelphia project which provides income for poor urban residents. The program illuminates the obstacles that remain to more widespread recycling. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2555

No Place Like Home.
This film examines approaches for transforming existing communities into liveable modern villages that make more efficient use of time and energy as well as fuel. Three communities which have made this transition are visited; a rural Colorado town, a neighborhood in Philadelphia's inner city, and a new planned community near Davis, California. 1988. 60 min. Video/C 2553

Northeast Passage: The Inner City and the American Dream.
A feature length documentary exploring issues of gentrification, community revitalization and affordable housing in the African American neighborhoods of inner North/Northeast Portland, Oregon. While some neighborhoods besieged by discrimination and crime, frequently initially welcome any change that seems for the better, it can come at a very high price. Long-term residents are often priced out and a new class prejudice can arise when homeowners replace renters in gentrifying neighborhoods. A film by Cornelius Swart and Spencer Wolf. 2002. 54 min. DVD 3641

Paris, Living Space.
Traces the history of the design of Paris as seen through the work of five individuals whose efforts shaped the city into a system of linked thoroughfares, boulevards, and axes which have transcended individual projects and given Paris its unique character. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2591

People Of The Cities: Urban Life Styles.
Shows a trolley bus driver in Moscow, a brigadier of a gang of dockworkers in Odessa, and a doctor and his family in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in their day-to-day lives in cities in the Soviet Union. Also examines more about the urban structure of Russian cities. 1979. 33 min. Video/C 901

The Panel and The Dig
Discusses the work of Richard D. Hedman, urban designer and cartoonist who was the principal designer for the Urban Design Plan in San Francisco in the 1970s. Includes two of his cartoon slide shows, The panel and The dig. The panel is about a panel of non-architects discussing architectural designs before an audience of architects and shows what happens when architects ignore urban design concepts. The dig is about an archeological dig in the future which uncovers a 20th-century city with urban sprawl and discusses the effects of individualism and what happens when architects do not care how buildings relate to each other. c1994. 51 min. Video/C 8323

The Park That Kids Built
Follows a group of children who, in their efforts to get a neighborhood park, learn how to work with each other and within their community. The children circulate petitions, lobby, and, with the help of some business people, succeed in raising enough money to purchase some vacant lots and turn them into a park. Directed by Linda Jassim. 1982. 19 min. DVD X5002

Placemakers: Bringing Back our Neighborhoods
Presents interviews with "neighborhood visionaries" who have helped revitalize cities such as Kansas City, Portland, Seattle and Chattanooga through planning to improve the quality of life, preserve the environment and improve local economies. c1998. 27 min. Video/C 8468

Politicized Space: Florence and Milan
Filmed on location this program examines how civic planning was tailored to suit the varying political agendas of republican Florence, ducal Milan, and ducal Florence. The program shows how architecture, heraldic imagery, commissioned artworks, and even religious iconography can be used to reinforce the public status of governing parties. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 51 min. DVD 4312

The Price of Renewal
What are the challenges in crafting a vibrant urban village from an ethnically, culturally and economically diverse population? This documentary examines complex issues of community development, philanthropy, and civic engagement by chronicling the long-term redevelopment of an older, deteriorating neighborhood called City Heights, often referred to as the "Ellis Island" of San Diego. 2005. 55 min. DVD 4782

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Public Housing
A film by Frederick Wiseman. Shows the daily life at the Ida B. Wells housing project in Chicago, the most densely populated public housing area in the United States. The filmmaker looks at the families, the elderly, afterschool programs, tenants council, the police, training programs, drugs, and various government agencies as they intersect with residents. 1997. 195 min. Video/C 6447

A Question of Balance: Art & Redevelopment in Old Pasadena
A documentary of the evolution of Old Town in Pasadena, California -- from the post World War II era when artists started moving into Old Town, to the present redevelopment efforts. Artists, politicians, developers, and community leaders give their perspectives on development and growth. 1987. 27 min. Video/C MM668

Reading A Neighborhood.
Alan Jacobs from UC Berkeley's Dept. of City and Regional Planning describes how one can tell a lot about a neighborhood and the people who live there during a walk through a San Francisco district. 1979. DVD 7830 [preservation copy]; vhs Video/C 2305

Reclaiming Community. (Ways we live: exploring community; 5.)
For the last several decades in North America parks and public squares have been abandoned by the public, leaving them to drug dealers and the desperate. But all it takes is a few determined souls to inspire their neighbors to take back public spaces. In Oakland, they've built a community garden in Lillie Lucket's backyard, and on Toronto's West Side the neighbors fixed up the community center in a large downtown recreatonal park and began a whole series of programs run by a wide range of community groups. c1997. 26 min. Video/C 6291

Reinventing the City: New York and Los Angeles
This program explores major urban redevelopment projects in New York and Los Angeles and shows how each city is being restructured and reinvented for the future as it responds to the pervasive forces of economic and social change that characterize late 20th century America. c1996. 50 min. Video/C 7068

Rethinking Suburban Sprawl: Planning Compact, Traditional Neighborhoods.
Andres Duany, a neotraditional town planner, presents a lecture in Toronto on the problems of suburban sprawl and explains an alternative urban planning pardigm which he advocates. 1991. 60 min. Video/C 4921

RiverPlace, Portland, Oregon. (Project Reference File Video Case Study Series; v.18, no.3).
Report on the planning and building of RiverPlace, a 10-acre urban mixed-use residential development constructed on a waterfront in Portland, Oregon between 1984 and 1987. Studies land plan, design, and architectural details of RiverPlace. c1989. 18 min. Video/C 6287

Roadway Express (Divided Highways)
During the forty years of it's construction, the Interstate Highway System has altered our sense of space, fueled the mega-economy, cut through our city neighborhoods, and changed the lives of millions of people. Using archival material, newsreels and interviews, this film describes the impact of the world's largest public works project on American community, culture, regionalism and freedom and describes the ideals, motives, and methods of it's builders. 1997. 85 min. Video/C 6153

San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit: Conflict With Berkeley.
Studies how the BART district came into conflict with the residents of Berkeley, an area through which it runs. 1975. 24 min. Video/C 586

Save Our Land, Save Our Towns
Explores how America can save its cities, towns, and countryside and enhance the quality of life for all. Americans are frustrated with traffic congestion, angry about the loss of open space, and perplexed by the decline of America's cities. Many think sprawl is inevitable, but it's not. Filmed in Pennsylvania, England, Oregon and North Carolina, this program shows how America's towns can be rebuilt and its countryside preserved from strip malls and subdivisions. c2000. 57 min. Video/C 7810

Seaside, Walton County, Florida: New Town--Resort.
Produced by the Urban Land Institute. 1989. 15 min. Video/C 2123

Seeds Of Progress
Describes PIDER, a Mexican government program designed to alleviate rural poverty by promoting small-scale agriculture and local industry and involving campesinos in project decisions. 1983. 28 min. Video/C 3688

Shaping Oakland's Shoreline: The North Training Wall
Looks at the development of Oakland's harbor, including the political history surrounding its development, construction techniques, the role of shipping and the railroad and the final form of the waterfront today. 2004? 20 min. Video/C MM499

Shifting Sands: The 1992 Supreme Court Rulings On Land Use Law.
Contents: Pt.1. Lucas v. South Carolina. Nordlinger v. Hahn. PFZ Properties v. Rodriguez. Yee v. City of Escondido.--Pt.2. Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council. Panel discussion by prominent land use lawyers concerning four 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decisions involving land use laws with emphasis on Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case. 1992. Video/C 2623

Signs, Sign: The Economic And Environmental Benefits Of Community Sign Control.
Examines the benefits of controlling the number and nature of signs in a community. Three communities which have successfully instituted strong billboard controls are visited; Holland, MI, Raleigh, NC and Houston, TX. 1992. 16 min. Video/C 2624

Smart Growth
Smart growth is a community planning strategy to preserve community character, protect open space and the environment, strengthen the local economy and use tax dollars efficiently. Here urban analysts, planners, designers, developers and city officials present seven communities across the United States which have developed mixed land use, walkable neighborhoods, compact design, efficient use of resources, open space and transportation choices. 1999?. 17 min. Video/C 8442

Smart Growth
A short film designed to inform about public policy and development practices that are being used to advance smart growth. The film profiles three communities: Austin, Texas, Denver, Colorado and Montgomery County, Maryland. c2000. Washington, D.C. : Urban Land Institute, 2000. 8 min. Video/C 8525

The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces.
Documents William H. Whyte's research on the design and use of small urban spaces. Investigates the factors which encourage and inhibit the use of plazas, and makes recommendations for their successful design. 1990. 60 min. DVD 5099; vhs Video/C 2395

State And Regional Planning Issues, by Donald J. Connors.
A number of state and regional planning initiatives have recently been adopted in Georgia, Florida, Vermont, Main, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Cape Cod, and other places. This session considers the innovations and the implications of the developing trends in land use law. 1990. 43 min. Video/C 2748

Step Into the Future of Los Angeles.
City and regional planners discuss future plans to enhance urban livability and the environmental quality of life in the city of Los Angeles. 1994. 13 min. Video/C 4711

The Story of Sprawl.
This series of historic films, ranging from 1939 until 1952, gives a unique look at the forces that created urban sprawl. Each film includes an optional commentary track by experts in the field of urban development. 2009. DVD X1344

Disc 1: The story of sprawl / introduction, Tim Halbur (3 min.) -- The City / American Institute of Planners ; commentary, James Howard Kunstler, Duncan Crary (1939, 31 min.) -- Cities : how they grow / Encyclopaedia Britannica Films ; commentary, Anthony Flint (1952, 9 min.) -- Homes for veterans [Edited version] / U.S. National Housing Agency ; commentary, Mark D. Van Ells (1946, 14 min.) -- For the living / New York City Housing Authority ; commentary, Jackie Leavitt, Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (1949, 21 min.)

Disc 2: Give yourself the green light / General Motors ; commentary, Robert Cervero (1954, 22 min.) -- The Changing City / Churchill Films ; commentary, Neal Peirce (1963, 16 min.) -- No time for ugliness / American Institute of Architects ; commentary, André Duany, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk (1965, 23 min.) -- Community growth : crisis and challenge / National Association of Home Builders ; commentary, John Norquist, Jacky Grimshaw (1959, 16 min.).

Streetcar Stories.
Streetcar Stories is a cultural and social history of the place that streetcars once held in the everyday life of New Orleans, Louisiana before automobiles took over the city streets. Special attention is given to the bitter 1929 streetcar strike that gave the poor boy sandwich its name, female operators during World War II, and the segregation and integration of the streetcars. 1995. 58 min. Video/C MM692

Subdivide and Conquer: A Modern Western.
In the West urban sprawl is gobbling up the land. What makes it more shocking in the West is that it assaults our national myths about the frontier, its wide-open spaces and unique landscapes. After examining the causes of sprawl and its effects on the sense of community and the environment, the film suggests remedies, and shows examples of sound public policy and good land use planning. 1999. 57 min. Video/C 6409

Suburbs: Arcadia For Everyone.
Americans dream of owning a single family home in the country, ideally not too far from the city workplace. There are many shapes to this dream: Gothic cottages and minicastles surrounded by manicured wilderness, detached dwellings in wooded surroundings, a totally designed community that combines quaintness and modernity and other. Part of the Pride of Place series. 1986. 58 min. Video/C 894

Sustainable Urban Living: A South American Case Study
Curitiba, Brazil is remarkable for urban planning innovations. This documentary, presented in 5 segments, looks at the management of city waste, the planning of urban parks, an integrated transportation system, a practical support scheme for low income workers and the establishment of a vibrant city mall 2003. 25 min. Video/C 9828

Suzhou.
Explores the Chinese urban experience, past and present. Focuses on the historical sites, scenery, and culture in Suzhou, China, and observes the activities of its modern residents. Part of the Cities in China series. 1980. 28 min. Video/C 312

Taken for a Ride
Through archival film footage, animation and interviews follows the history of the automobile and the highway system in America. Presenting a long buried trail of auto/oil industry schemes, this documentary exposes the dummy companies, secret stock transactions and propaganda compaigns that removed one third of the nation's streetcars. Tracks were torn up overnight and bone jarring buses took the trolley's place. Scores of American cities lost their streetcars, including five of the nation's ten largest. The same players, organized as "the highway lobby," then campaigned for a network of urban freeways that would destroy America's downtowns. c1996. 55 min. Video/C 9243

Teaching Ethics: An Introduction to American and Canadian Ethics.
Professors Elizabeth Howe and Sue Hendler provide an introduction to the field of ethics, a comparison of the American and Canadian professional code of ethics for city and regional planners, and guidelines on how to teach ethics for planners. c1995. 54 min. Video/C 4496

The Third Ward
A group of artists find inspiration in the remnants of a besieged black neighborhood's storied past. House by house they worked alongside residents and local volunteers to craft a stunning new vision of what could be. Documents a community's struggle to survive - from segregation to the limited promise of integration, from drug wars to the economic challenges of gentrification. Directed by Andrew Garrison. Dist.: New Day Films. c2007. 60 min. DVD X4646

This Black Soil: A Story of Resistance and Rebirth
Chronicles the successful struggle of Bayview, Virginia, a small and severely improverished rural African-American community to overcome the state of Virginia's plans for building a prison in their backyard, and under the leadership of visionary women, building a new community from the ground up. 2004. 59 min. DVD 5718

Awards
American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults

Too Close for Comfort: The New American Sprawl
This documentary examines how quadrupled immigration numbers are driving urban sprawl, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, wage stagnation and widening inequality in the United States. Interspersed are five presentations by author Roy Beck on why the American quality of life is threatened including the infamous "gumballs" demonstration that illustrates the global moral issues. involved. 1998. 27 min. Video/C MM33

Toward a Livable City
This program looks at the development of Barcelona, a city dating to pre-Christian times, which grew slowly until the advent of the Industrial Revolution. Shows how the results of research can be applied to improve the allocation of scarce resources in housing, transportation, fuel consumption, air quality control, and waste disposal. c1991. 28 min. Video/C 8332

The Tower Without Ends
Completed in 2000, a glittering new tower, the Tour Sans Fins, is now scraping the skies over Paris. Transparent and thin as a pencil, it challenges the laws of nature. What were the challenges in its design and construction? Would it snap in a storm or collapse like a house of cards? This program also traces the history of skyscrapers. 2000. 29 min. Video/C 8390

Understanding Cities
Looks at cities past and present with a focus on issues of transportation, electricity, light, water, sewage, and trash. Examines differences between cities that have evolved over time and planned cities. Cities profiled include New York City, Portland, Ore., London, Teotihuacan, and Brasilia. c2001. 53 min. Video/C 9085

Understanding Urban Sprawl.
In this program, scientist and environmentalist Dr. David Suzuki examines the social, economic, and environmental implications of 'sprawl,' the low-density development that spreads out from the edges of cities and towns. 1998. 47 min. Video/C 6796

The Urban Dilemma
Discusses the growth of cities and towns in the Third World showing how explosive urban population growth places an impossibly heavy burden on public services in developing countries. c1987. 28 min. Video/C MM580

The Urban Explosion
Four mega-cities are investigated to see how they are meeting a major challenge of the 21st century: how to shelter and sustain the world's exploding urban population without destroying the delicate balance of the environment. Visits Mexico City, Istanbul, Shanghai, and New York City. Originally broadcast as a segment of: Journey to planet earth. c1999. 57 min. Video/C 9736

Urban Design and Planning in Havana, Cuba
Examines the social, political and geographic influences on what today is the largest collection of colonial architecture in the Americas by offering a guide to Havana's urban design through three periods: colonial, from 1519 to 1898; neo-colonial, from 1899 to 1958; and Revolutionary, from 1959 to the present day. 2001. 39 min. Video/C 9837

Urban Visions
11 short films from London, Paris, New York, Helsinki, Milan and elsewhere, presenting different visions of urban life as art, fiction, and social commentary. These films will take you, beyond borders, to discover urban subcultures under a new light. Urban Visons includes both the extraordinary as well as the perfectly ordinary. It's about everyday life, real and unreal, as seen through the eyes of independent and cutting-edge film-makers with a dedication to form, rhythm, and color. These works are witness to a new wave of film as art without limits of creativity and style and free of technical and financial constraints. Urban Visions proves that now just like the big city, anything is possible. Push / Gorka Aguado (4:29) -- One last thing / Hilton Earl (5:15) -- Fausse solitude / Pierre-Yves Cruaud (5:45) -- Der letzte Flug / Lombardi-Clan (11:24) -- Pako / Nosfe (1:27) -- Hi-fi / Sean Baker (5:34) -- Novanta / GG Tarantola (12:10) -- When the floor became the ceiling / Rudolf Buitendach (6:03) -- Raus aus seinen Kleidern / Corinna Schnitt (7:18) -- Promenaux / Stefano Canapa (11:19) -- The strip mall trilogy / Roger Beebe (9:06). Dist: Lowave DVD 6393

Urbanism, Suburbanism, and the Good Life.
Although once a rural nation, the United States became urbanized and the American dream became a home in the suburbs. This program examines the 'new urbanists' and the push to use government at all levels to restore an urban landscape that quite possibly only exists in nostalgic memories. c2000. 60 min. Video/C 7845

Valley at the Crossroads
The San Joaquin Valley and Central Valley of California is the nation's primary source of fruits and vegetables, but the soaring demand for housing in California threatens the existence of this important agricultural resource. This program details the impact of urban sprawl in central California and the need to maintain agricultural land as open space and as a source for food. c2002. 27 min. Video/C 9832

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Vincent Scully and the New Urbanism.
Features Ray Suarez interviewing architectural historian Vincent Scully, a passionate proponent of the New Urbanism. Discusses the need to stop designing towns and cities around the automobile. Addresses issues such as the backlash against high-rise housing, the detrimental effects of the interstate system on viable urban communities, and the American love affair with the single-family home. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2000. 12 min. Video/C 7190

Waiting For The Bus.
A bus waiting study assessing a number of bus stops and trying to arrive at a design of a good bus shelter taking the needs of people into account. 1986. 12 min. Video/C 1648

What Do People Do Downtown?
A few examples of downtown areas (Main Street) are examined, and suggestions are offered to re-establish the downtown area once again as the center of activity. 1985. 25 min. Video/C 1457

Why Plan?: A Primer For The Concerned Citizen.
Shows the importance of land use planning, who and what is involved in the process, and the consequences of not planning. Includes a brief history of planning in the United States. 1987. 23 min. Video/C 1764

Documentaries on Specific Cities

[Barcelona]En construccion (Work in Progress) 1980.
Documentary made during the July-Dec. 1998 construction of a new building in "El Chino", a popular neighborhood in Barcelona. Conversations heard during the construction and footage of construction workers and neighborhood residents is featured. 2001. 125 min. DVD 9834

[Beijing]Beijing.
Explores the Chinese urban experience, past and present. Focuses on the historical sites, scenery, and culture in Peking, China, and observes the activities of its modern residents. Part of the Cities in China series. 1980. 45 min. Video/C 313

[Boston]The Big Dig.
Documents the building of the most expensive highway project in American history, an underground road through Boston to replace that city's elevated central artery. c2004. 50 min. DVD X4617

[Cairo]Virtual Cairo: A History
Using computer simulation, the film traces the spatial development and morphological transformation of the historic core of Cairo up to the sixteenth century. [199-?] 24 min. Video/C 7747

[Calcutta]Calcutta
Directed by Louis Malle. When he was cutting Phantom India, Louis Malle found that the footage shot in Calcutta was so diverse, intense, and unforgettable that it deserved its own film. The result, released theatrically, is a chaotic portrait of a city racked with social and political turmoil. 1969. 99 min. DVD 7513; vhs Video/C 3602

[Caracas]Caracas: The Informal City Caracas
Over the last decade, Caracas, the most violent megacity on the South-American continent, has drawn in millions of migrants. Now more than four out of its six million inhabitants live in self built constructions in the barrios where only the laws of the strong rule. This is the first documentary to tell the inside story of these new informal urban developments. Through Caracas, as a prototype, the film explores the exploding urbanization witnessed on the African, Asian and South-American continents -- and the great debate over globalization, architecture and the future of society. A film by Rob Schroder, with Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner. 49 min. Bonus features (55 min.): "Bonus footage on Caracus and the architects Alfredo Brillembourg and Hubert Klumpner." 2007. DVD 8932

[Chattanooga, TN]Chattanooga: A Community with a Vision
Chattanooga used to be tired, old and dirty until key inter-racial community leaders revitalized this city into a thriving new metropolis. This film examines the process of this exciting and successful transformation which included respectful participation from every segment of the community. 1993. 24 min. Video/C 8441

[Chicago]Chicago: The Building of an Entrepot City
Using maps, diagrams, paintings, rare photographs, and archival film clips, this program examines the settlement and growth of Chicago during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Monumental projects designed to offset the city's high water table, remedy the chronic traffic congestion of the Loop, divert sewage to the Mississippi River and beautify the waterfront are discussed. 1997. 30 min. DVD 4203; also VHS Video/C 9089

[Chicago]Chicago: City of the Century
Tells how in just 60 years Chicago grew from a remote, swampy frontier town into one of the most explosively alive cities in the world. It's the story of the wealthy and the indigent, the shop assistants and the millionaire retail barons who together created Chicago. It describes how through innovation, ingenuity and sheer ruthlessness, the captains of industry created empires in a marshy wasteland while millions of immigrants, mostly from Ireland and Northern Europe, helped a capitalist class reinvent the way America did business. The fourth disc: Chicago by 'L' is part travelogue, part history, and part tour of Chicago's neighborhoods by 'L', Chicago's elevated train. Based on the book City of the Century by Donald L. Miller (Moffitt F548.3.M55 1996; Environ Dsgn F548.3.M55 1997)

Disc 1. Mudhole to metropolis / (edited by Bill Lattanzi) -- Disc 2. The revolution has begun / (edited by Bill Lattanzi, Jon Neuburger) -- Disc 3. Battle for Chicago / (edited by Jon Neuburger). -- Disc 4. Chicago by 'L': touring the neighborhoods / (produced by Kelly Luchtman ; written by Geoffrey Baer) and additional interviews. c2003. 345 min. DVD 1554

[Chicago]Chicago's Riverfront: Where The Present Meets The Past.
The first of a five-part series exploring the architecture, development, and urban design of Chicago. This part examines how riverfront design has reflected the changing role of the Chicago River. 1991. 30 min. Video/C 2238

[Chicago]New Chicago Skyscrapers.
This film with commentary by architecture critic, Christian K. Laine, includes interviews with various architects and developers who give background information on five of Chicago's most prominent new skyscrapers at the turn of the 21st century. 1990. 29 min. Video/C 3965

[Frankfurt]Frankfurt: The Euro-city.
Studies the effects of diversity in Frankfurt, an emerging high-tech focal point and the city with the largest foreign and immigrant population in continental Europe. This program studies the effects of that diversity, considering right-wing extremism, the nation's anti-discrimination policies, and the city's sex industry. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4304

[Havana]Havana -- The New Art of Making Ruins (Havanna -- Die Neue Kunst Ruinen zu Bauen)
In recent years, Havana has become famous all over the world for the morbid charm of its flaking facades. But these ruins are far less poetic for the people who inhabit them. Houses frequently collapse causing fatalities. This unique documentary tells the stories of the people who reside in these modern ruins, from a homeless man who lives in an abandoned theater, to an expropriated landowner who struggles against the decay of his parental home, to a writer who conceives a philosophy of the ruins to explain the gradual collapse of the city and its political system. A mixture of private history, memories, fears and hopes for the future, this documentary explores the quixotic relationship between man and architecture, man and ruins (commenting along the way on the ruin-tourism that has developed in Cuba). Spanning the entire history of Cuban architecture, from the colonial era up through the socialist revolution, this film captures the final moments of these historic buildings before they're renovated -- or simply collapse altogether. A film by Florian Borchmeyer and Matthias Hentschler. Dist. Cinema Guild. 2006. 52 min. DVD 7250

[Hong Kong ]Hong Kong: Asia's New Skyline. (Architecture 2000.)
Takes a close look at skyscraper masterpieces in Hong Kong such as the Bank of China, designed by I. M. Pei; the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, designed by Norman Foster; and the Lippo Center. Important to all is feng shui, the ancient art of placement and design, which strongly influenced their construction. In addition, the longest escalator in the world -- a part of the innovative system of pedestrian skywalks -- is featured as a form of urban transportation. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7072

[Lagos, Nigeria]Lagos Wide and Close: An Interactive Journey into an Exploding City
Documentary footage of the city of Lagos. Because filming has long been restricted in Nigeria, few images of Lagos exist. Focusing on self-organization and urbanization in Lagos, the film presents a unique engagement with a hardly documented city, capturing multiple perspectives of a volatile moment in its evolution.The viewer can choose from two different video angles (wide or close) and three different audio tracks (commentary with Rem Koolhaas, talks with inhabitants, and sounds of the city). Based on research by The Harvard Project on the City under the direction of Rem Koolhaas. c2005. 60 min. DVD X2796

[Levittown, New York]Building the American Dream: Levittown, NY.
Discusses the history of the housing development Levittown, New York, the first suburb that was made up of tract houses which established the prototype for modern suburbia. Tracing the period from 1947 to the present day, the film includes rare archival footage and photos, an interview with William Levitt and the reminiscences of numerous Levittown residents. The film also shows how a policy of racial discrimination prevented blacks from buying the homes and traces the subsequent collapse of Levitt's construction empire. c1994. 60 min. Video/C 6289

[Levittown, New York]Wonderland.
A documentary about the planned community of Levittown, New York. The film producer conducts interviews with longtime and one time Levittown residents in an effort to explain how architects and developers took the idea of a suburban paradise to extremes. The film shifts from a historical/sociological perspective to a humourous and poignantly personal look at the lives of the people who still reside in the decaying community. 1997. 80 min. Video/C 6316

[Liverpool] Of Time and the City: A Love Song and a Eulogy (UK, 2008)
Directed by Terence Davies. Terence Davies lifts viewers up into the world of fantasy and collective emotion as he presents popular and classical music, voices, radio clips, and a powerful poignant voiceover of his birthplace Liverpool. Includes themes such as Catholicism, homosexuality, violence, death, loss, the glory of cinema, outsiderness, and childhood. 74 min. DVD X1604; also DVD X6271 (PAL)
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[London] London
A "documentary" portrait of the capital which can variously be described as an "essay" or a "journal." Images of London in 1992 are accompanied by an unnamed fictional narrator and Keiller's imaginary protagonist Robinson. The latter is attempting to research the city's artistic past and support alternative paths that the city's history might have taken. The film is made up of three "expeditions" and other mini-journeys on foot into a London that few tourists will ever see. The paths taken are inspired by literary-historical concerns but contemporary political events intrude. The two reflect on how political decisions might impact upon the city's future. Written, directed and photographed by Patrick Keiller. 1994. 82 min. DVD 9394

[London]The Changing City, London
Looks at several examples of changes in London, from the development of the once decaying Docklands section to the experiences of one group of residents in central London who succeeded in blocking business development of their neighborhood. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1996. 19 min. Video/C 8384

[London]Early Victorian London
Looks at the population explosion in London during the Victorian reign, its expansion and how, while being the largest city in the world, the living conditions for the poor became worse and worse; some headway was made introducing decent low-income housing and washhouses with running water. Originally broadcast in 1976 as a segment of: London:, the making of a city. Dist.: Films Media Group. 1976. 20 min. DVD X1198

[London]Late Victorian London: The Hub of the World, 1850-1897
Describes London from 1850-1897, as railways began to carve up London, the great expropriations of land began, suburbia was born, and sewers were constructed. By 1900, the outlines of modern London had been fixed, the population had reached 6.5 million, and living conditions for the poor continued to worsen while the more fortunate enjoyed the good life. 1976. 20 min. DVD X5704

[London]John Nash and London.
Describes John Nash's contribution to the renewal of London, England, through his designs for Regent Street and Regent's Park, which wove together monumental plazas, commercial streets, and human-scale blocks of housing. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2592

[London]Late Victorian London: The Hub of the World, 1850-1897
Describes London from 1850-1897, as railways began to carve up London, the great expropriations of land began, suburbia was born, and sewers were constructed. By 1900, the outlines of modern London had been fixed, the population had reached 6.5 million, and living conditions for the poor continued to worsen while the more fortunate enjoyed the good life. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2003. 20 min. DVD X5704

[London]London: A City In Transition. (Architecture 2000.)
Surveys the city landscape of London -- a city with no overall planning authority -- focusing on popular successes and failures. Notable triumphs such as the Reuters building, designed by Richard Rogers; Nicholas Grimshaw's Waterloo International Terminal; and the Liverpool Street Station, are examined as well as projects criticized for insensitivity to human need: the Canary Wharf complex; the controversial Lloyds headquarters; and the impersonal Vauxhall Intelligence Service building. These aesthetic misfires have triggered a call to place people before architectural prestige. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7077

[London]London: The Post-imperial City (Global Cities series)
Travels London's increasingly cosmopolitan neighborhoods, interviewing citizens offering different perspectives on immigration and resistance to it, including Islamophobia,and the frustration with foreigners who refuse to conform. A tour of the city's food markets reflects an astonishing diversity that is a source of newfound civic pride. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4303

[London]Swinging London (Look at Life
Features 14 short films from the colorful Look at life series, produced by the Rank Organisation every week for screening in Oden cinemas. This collection offers a priceless insight into a fast-changing world of frothy coffee, high-rise living, scooter boys an it's girls. Explore London's market with Sid James, browse the boutiques of Cranaby Street, dine at the top of the Post Office Tower and dance the night away in subterranean jazz clubs. Contents: Report on a river -- Shopping by the ton -- Rising to high office -- Coffee bars -- In gear -- Change at the Tower -- Fire over London -- Goodbye Piccadilly -- Market place -- Members only -- Top people -- On the meter -- Eating high -- Down London river. Special feature: 2 short films: Scooter commuter (1962) and A dog's life (1959) Originally released as 14 short films made between 1959 and 1969. 124 min. DVD X6267

[London]Swinging London! 1960s U.K. Newsreels.
Down London river (1959) -- Coffee bar (1959) -- Market place (1959) -- Top people (1960) -- Scooter commuter (1962) -- Report on a river (1963) -- Rising to high office (1963) -- Members only (1965) -- Eating High (1966) -- In gear (1967) -- Change at the tower (1967) -- Goodbye, Piccadilly (1967) Down London River: Take a history tour on the River Thames. Lots of famous footage: Parliament, Big Ben, Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St Paul's Cathedral, Port of London, Cleopatra's Needle and much more! Coffee bar: It's a look at the SOHO bohemian coffee bars of London. Many famous coffee bars are shown on the inside and out including: The 2Is, the French, the Macabre, Le Grande, Stockpot, Sam Widges, Melbray, Universal, La Roca, Freight Train, El Toro, Picasso, Las Vegas, Moka Bar, and more. Market place: A look at the markets of London; from street flea markets to a new invention, the "super" market. Flea market footage includes tons of cheap rare stuff on Portobello Road. Top people: An overview of high-rise construction activity in London. From the crane operators who build the new sky-scrapers to the tenants who live in the penthouses, this newsreel provides a colorful birds-eye view of London Town. Many famous landmarks. Scooter commuter: A look at the London scooter scene. On display are gorgeous & colorful scooters. There are over 600 Scooter Clubs in England whose members attend scooter rallies all over Europe. A look at a gathering at London's Crystal Palace for a mass scooter rally featuring a grand parade of all the scooters. Also a brief history of the scooter, including a small WWII version that was used by paratroopers; and a look at scooter manufacture and proving grounds. Report on a river: A look at the River Thames, its past and present, from source to the sea. An examination of what has been done and is being done to modernize port services and to keep traffic moving --from holiday pleasure seekers to bustling commerce. Rising to high office: A fascinating look at 1963 mod-looking corporate office technology --which wasn't very high-tech compared to today, but still lots of "cool gadgets." Punched card data processing centers. The complex infrastructure that supports London's biggest office that attracts visitors from all over the world, not just to see the view, but to study a mid-20th century development. Members only: A look at the "private clubs" of London. From the famous political clubs of the 18th century to the gambling clubs and the bohemian night clubs of the West End.

[London]We Built This City: London
War, destruction, fire, disease---London has fallen victim to numerous crises over its two-thousand year history. Through it all London has evolved into one of the world's largest cities, a modern metropolis on a massive scale. This is the story of how devastation in London has inspired people of vision to revolutionize the city's architecture and of the events that took place to create that great city. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 45 min. DVD 6631

[Los Angeles]Los Angeles, Dream a Different City
Los Angeles made smog and pollution into household words. No longer. Its citizens have said enough, and are putting their backs, as well as their words, into the effort to recover the Edens they have lost. TreePeople, founded by Andy Lipkis, is leading the campaign to plant one million trees in the next decade. To everyone's surprise, Los Angeles is discovering mass transit. The Expo Line represents the first east-west light rail-line in Los Angeles in 50 years. Girls Today Women Tomorrow brings together professional women who mentor the girls of Boyle Heights, teaching them about nutrition, exercise, leadership skills and civic involvement. From the four-part public television series Edens lost & found. c2007. 57 min. DVD 8379

[Los Angeles]Los Angeles Plays Itself
A video essay about how movies have portrayed the city of Los Angeles. The film looks at Los Angeles from three perspectives: first, as a background for movies, second, as a character in movies, and third, as a subject for a movie. Research/text/production, Thom Andersen. 2003. 169 min. DVD 7495

[Los Angeles]Los Angeles: A Fantasy Cityscape. (Architecture 2000.)
In Los Angeles, experimental architecture is the norm. In Malibu, Edward Niles' futuristic "Space house," and the Getty Roman villa are a study in contrasts; the home of Simon Kwan in Las Flores canyon combines geometrical and deconstructionist elements; in Venice, "The Binoculars" shares proximity with eccentric beach houses and studios on Ocean Front Walk; and Frank Gehry's sculptural Walt Disney Concert Hall stands in the heart of Los Angeles. Buildings by abstract constructivist architects Eric Owen Moss, Ricardo Legorreta, Charles and Ray Eames, Cesar Pelli and Arata Isozaki are spotlighted as well. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7075

[Los Angeles]The New Los Angeles
Explores the complexities of inclusion in Los Angeles -- the nation's largest divide between rich and poor. The film provides a riveting portrait of a city in often turbulent transition, beginning in 1973 with the election of African American mayor Tom Bradley and concluding with the political empowerment of Latinos and the election of Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in more than 130 years. c2005. 55 min. DVD 4783

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[Los Angeles]One Pair of Eyes: Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles.
A tour of the architectural highlights of Los Angeles with professor of the History of Architecture, Reyner Banham. 1975. DVD X1191 [preservation copy]; Video/C 3689

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[Marseille, France] La république Marseille
A collection of seven documentaries created by Denis Gheerbrant between 2008 and 2009 which present seven worlds that make up a city and give it the aspect of a republic: the world of dockers, activist workers, women in the garden projects or the inhabitants of an enormous ghetto. In all its nooks and crannies, all kinds are encountered: An ex-junkie, a boxer, or young women on the brink of life, and the Republic, a main street in the middle of the city. Contents: DVD 1. La totalité du monde (14 min.) -- Les quais (46 min.) -- L'Harmonie (53 min.) -- Les femmes de la cité Saint-Louis (53 min.) -- DVD 2. Le Centre des Rosiers (64 min.) -- Marseille dans ses replis (45 min.) -- La République (85 min.) In French without English subtitles. 360 min. DVD X4908

[Mexico City] Mexico City: The Impossible City (Global Cities series)
Defines Mexico City's globalization in terms of winners and losers, examining how, in the world's largest metropolis, immigration challenges are linked to poverty and population influx from surrounding rural areas. Contrasting the high-tech facilities and fashionable neighborhoods with its sprawling slums and struggling inhabitants, the program outlines the relationship between foreign investment and the worldwide need for cheap labor, which Mexico and its indigenous peoples readily supply. Glimpses into a tech-savvy youth culture and the persistent Zapatista movement reinforce the capital's nickname: City of Contrasts. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4304

[Mumbai] Bombay: Our City
Four million slum dwellers make up half of Bombay's population. Although they are the city's workforce--industrial laborers, construction workers, domestic servants--they are denied city utilities like electricity, sanitation, and water. 1985. 58 min. Video/C 3163

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[New Orleans]
For documentaries on New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina, SEE separate videography

[New York]New York: A City Silhouette. (Architecture 2000.)
This program surveys the architecture of New York. Looks at Manhattan's post-modern skyscraper architecture including Cesar Pelli's World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall Tower, Helmut Jahn's City Spire, Minoru Yamasaki's World Trade Center, and the Trump Tower. The proposed renovation of 42nd Street by Robert Stern and the rehabilitation of Times Square are also described. In addition, Helmut Jahn gives his views on New York's architectural rivalry with Chicago and expresses his desire to recapture the spirit of New York's Art Deco days. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7074

[New York]New York, A Documentary Film.
Directed by Ric Burns. 1999. 120 min. each installment.

Burns, Ric. New York : an illustrated history. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c2003. (ENVI: F128.3 .N585 2003)

Episode One, The Country and the City. Covers the rise of New York from its discovery in 1609 through the explosion of commercial growth sparked by the completion of the Erie Canal in 1825. The film examines the defining role the Dutch played in the development of the city's character, the impact of the British empire and the horrors of slavery, the establishment of the Stock Exchange, New York's fateful role in the American revolution and its brief tenure as the nation's capital. DVD 3764; also VHS Video/C 6650

Episode Two, Order and Disorder. Chronicles the rise of New York commencing in 1825 from a merchant city to an industrial one. With the explosion of the immigrant population came social problems of every kind. By 1860, every tension in America could be felt on the streets of New York, now the most powerful and divided--city in the nation. Then the Civil War brought on civil disturbance in the form of the Draft Riots of 1863. DVD 3765; also VHS Video/C 6651

Episode Three, Sunshine and Shadow. Covers New York City during the period after the Civil War-- "the Gilded Age." From 1865 through 1898, the city grows at a staggering rate--demographically, geographically and financially--and takes on enormous challenges such as the building of the Brooklyn Bridge, and sees the rise of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed. By the end of the decade, New York has become home to the world's greatest concentration of wealth, and of poverty. DVD 3766; also VHS Video/C 6652

Episode Four, The Power and the People. Covers the years from 1898 through 1918 showing how New York's industry drew in people from all over the world, and how these immigrants transformed the city physically, culturally and finally politically. Looks also at the construction of the subway system, Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal and the skyscrapers on Wall Street. The episode ends with the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire and the reform legislation passed in its aftermath. DVD 3767; also VHS Video/C 6653

Episode Five, Cosmopolis. Examines the roaring twenties in New York City as it becomes the cultural capital of the world with its hybrid cultural style that mixes high culture and low, black culture and white. This episode concludes with the skyscraper war, the rise & crash of the stock market and the construction of the Empire State Building. DVD 3768; also VHS Video/C 6654

Episode Six, City of Tomorrow. Examines the dramatic and increasingly fateful events following the crash of 1929--as the greatest depression in American history plunged the city and nation into economic gloom. Two men came to the fore -- Fiorello La Guardia and Robert Moses, who attempted to create a bold new city of the future. Charting the demise of Mayor Jimmy Walker and the ascendancy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal, this pivotal episode traces the fate of Harlem and the immense public works projects such as the Triborough Bridge and La Guardia Airport. DVD 3769

Episode Seven, The City and the World. Examines the history of New York from the end of World War II to the present. Explores the complexities of the city and the physical, social and cultural change in the years following the war. The episode treats the great African American and Puerto Rican in-migrations; the beginnings of white flight and suburbanization and the massive physical changes wrought by highways and urban renewal. DVD 3770

Episode Seven, The Center of the World. Looks at the rise and fall of the World Trade Center, whose epic fifty-year history sheds new light on every theme and issue in the city's long march to the center of the world. The episode comes to a climax with the harrowing events of September 11, 2001 and the extraordinary response of the city's people to the worst crisis in their history. DVD 3771

[New York]New York: A City Silhouette. (Architecture 2000.)
This program surveys the architecture of New York. Looks at Manhattan's post-modern skyscraper architecture including Cesar Pelli's World Financial Center and Carnegie Hall Tower, Helmut Jahn's City Spire, Minoru Yamasaki's World Trade Center, and the Trump Tower. The proposed renovation of 42nd Street by Robert Stern and the rehabilitation of Times Square are also described. In addition, Helmut Jahn gives his views on New York's architectural rivalry with Chicago and expresses his desire to recapture the spirit of New York's Art Deco days. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7074

[New York]Historical Travel U.S.: New York a Century Ago
Welcome to New York! In this compilation of turn of the century documentary shorts witness the thrilling events and scenes that gave The City its vibrant image a century ago. Includes early films of the Statue of Liberty, the New York Police and the Harbor Police at work, Buffalo Bill's Wild West parade, construction workers in peril, the demolition of the Star Theatre, the elevated railroad, the Brooklyn Bridge and New York subway and the arrival of immigrants at Ellis Island. Statue of Liberty / Thomas A. Edison (1898, 1 min.) -- New York Police parade / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1899, 3 min.) -- Pilot boat in the harbor / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1899, 1 min.) -- Buffalo Bill's Wild West parade / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1902, 2 min.) -- A perilous proceeding / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1902, 2 min.) -- Star Theatre / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1902, 2 min.) -- New York Harbor police boat patrol capturing pirates / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1903, 2 min.) -- Sky scrapers of New York City / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1903, 4 min.) -- Broadway and Union Square / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1903, 1 min.) -- Elevated railroad, New York / by American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1903, 1 min.) -- Lower Broadway / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1903, 2 min) -- Move on / Thomas A. Edison, Inc. (1903, 2 min.) -- Panorama from tower of Brooklyn Bridge / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1903, 1 min.) --New York subway / American mutoscope and Biograph Company (1905, 4 min.) -- Arrival of emigrants [at Ellis Island] / American Mutoscope and Biograph Company (1906, 4 min.) DVD 4838

[New York]New York: The World's City (Global Cities series)
To describe New York City's cultural makeup, the best metaphor is a salad bowl rather than a melting pot. This program follows the Queens #7 subway line through a dazzling array of ethnic communities, each with its own distinct texture and flavor, illustrating demographic changes the city has undergone since the early 1990s. Less inclined to learn English and join mainstream society than previous immigrant generations, recently arrived New Yorkers are nevertheless part of a long-established pattern--which former Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) praises, while New York State Senator Frank Padavan discusses fears that some conservative citizens harbor. DVD 4301

[Paris]Capitalising Paris.
Paris has an urban plan and architectural style that has been emulated by other cities since the 17th century. Focusing on the great expansion and development which took place in the 16th and 17th centuries, this film explores how the city changed and grew: its buildings, streets, squares and the history behind the changes. 1995. 58 min. Video/C 4271

[Paris]1830 Paris: une capitale des arts
Presents the Paris of revolutionary theater, the Romantics, and the neoclassicists. It also deals with the impact of the Restoration and the Paris Commune on the arts -- Racine, Balzac, and Hugo in literature; Jericho and Girodet in art; Chopin and Liszt in music. Includes the construction of the Arc de Triomphe, the Pantheon, and the Place de Concorde. DVD X492

[Paris]1900 Paris: une capitale des arts
Documentary capturing fin-de-siècle Paris, featuring selections from archival film by the Lumière brothers. Shows the World's Fair, the Opera Comique, Rodin's Gates of Hell, and the work of the Impressionists and Picasso. DVD X491; Video/C 7912

[Paris] Paris 1900
A chronicle of Parisian life from 1900 to 1914, using newsreels, early silent film, and other memorabilia. Sports, recreation, and the arts are emphasized. The end of those halcyon days is suggested by newsreels showing the rise of labor unions, socialism, and new technology. Video/C 1978

[Paris]Paris: From the Haussmann Era to the Edges of the Boulevard Périphérique.
From the Haussmann era to the edges of the Boulevard Périphérique or ring road, this is the story of how Paris became a vibrant metropolis. How did the Paris of the 20th century succeed in accommodating modernity while holding onto its 19th-century gems? How have the demands posed by modern life, vehicular circulation and social housing managed to leave room for architectural creativity? Contents: Paris, 19th century, the invention of the modern city / A Stan Neumann film based on the work of François Loyer -- Paris Ring / A Richard Copans Film. c2009. 103 min. DVD X4116

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[Paris]Paris in the 19th Century: The Making of a Modern City
Thoroughly maps out the transformation of Paris during the 19th century from a stifling, congested city to an aesthetically pleasing model of Industial Age modernity. French experts discuss key construction projects such as the Rue de Rivoli, the Parisian railroad system, the Bois de Boulogne and the Bois de Vincennes, the Paris aqueducts and sewers and the Eiffel Tower, all within the context of French history. 1998. 58 min. Video/C 9087

[Paris]Paris: A Metropolitan Masterpiece. (Architecture 2000.)
This program investigates the era of modernization in Paris that saw Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers's Pompidou Cultural Center become a popular landmark while Carlos Ott's prestigious Bastille Opera House failed to meet city planners' expectations. Additional structures highlighted include the Grand Arch; "The pyramid" at the Louve, designed by I. M. Pei; the Institute of The Arab World; Jean Nouvel's "Endless tower; the City of Science and Industry; and the skyscrapers of La Defense. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7076

[Paris]Paris, Roman d'une Ville. (Paris, Story of a City). (Anthony Roland Collection of Films on Art.)
Film made to mark the centenary of the death of Baron Haussmann. A scrutinization of objects in the city of Paris that are so familiar that they are no longer seen: a wooden shutter, the angle of a street, a carving on a facade, etc. In this film, Haussmann's scheme is considered as a rigorous and coherent means of controlling the growth of Paris, the city that became the yardstick by which all other European cities were judged. 1991. 52 min. Video/C 6286

[Paris]We Built This City: Paris
Paris, one of the most beautiful cities in the world is renowned for its elegance and grace. This program investigates the crucial role engineering has played in the 2,000 year history of the French capital. Georges Eugene Haussmann spearheaded the evolution of Paris in the late 18th century. Top historians, engineers and archaeologists analyze his work as well as the complex feats of the pre-Haussmann years, including Parisian structures at the time of the French Revolution. Dist.: Films Media Group. c2004. 45 min. DVD 6632

[Portland, Oregon]Portland: Quest for the Livable City
Chronicles the complex challenges in Portland, Oregon as city leaders and citizens strive to make the city a more sustainable metropolis. Shows the difficulties of planning in the 21st century as cities confront issues of economic development, gentrification, local food and farming, property rights, preservation, and civic participation. Directed by Tim Lay. c2009. 57 min. DVD X2764

[Rome]Rome: Impact Of An Idea.
Examines the design of Rome during the 16th century by Pope Sixtus V and shows how his vision revitalized the city and gave it the character that it has today. Part of the Understanding cities series. 1983. 30 min. Video/C 2590

[Rome]Rome Revisited.
Since 1991 battalions of skilled workers have been cleaning and restoring everywhere in Rome. This video, filmed in the Spring of 1995, reveals the warm travertine and white Carrara marbles of Rome's churches, sculptures and fountains, which now shine with a brilliance not seen since the 17th century. 1995. 44 min. Video/C 4272

[Singapore]City Lights: The Brightest Lights of Architecture in Singapore's City Skyline
City Lights takes the viewer on a breathtaking journey of Singapore's architectural history, giving insight into 35 of the seminal works of architecture of 31 architects themselves, while 16 city-dwellers comment on their experience of the same buildings. Also features interviews of the founding figures of Singapore architecture such as Lim Ching Keat (Singapore Conference Hall), William Lim (Golden Mile Complex), Tan Cheng Siong (Pearl Bank Apartments), Koh Seow Chuan (People's Park Complex & Esplanade Theatres on the Bay). 2006. 88 min. DVD X4616

[Tresigallo, Italy] Tresigallo in dove il marmo è zucchero: con Diego Marani
A personal meditation by Italian novelist and essayist Diego Marani as he explores the architecture of the city of Tresigallo. 22 min. DVD X1985

[Tijuana, Mexico]The New Tijuana
A history of Tijuana, Mexico showing the development of the city from a very small village to a modern metropolis of more than 2,000,000 inhabitants. The documentary emphasizes the relatively recent social, economic and political changes in the city. c1990. 58 min. Video/C 8911

[Tokyo]Tokyo Streets
This cinéma vérité presents extravagant fashions, musicians, painters, acrobats, street dancers and colorful crowds as seen against the background lights of modern Tokyo, a city that stays awake 24-hours a day. 2006. 75 min. DVD X1131

[Tokyo]Tokyo: The Neon City (Global Cities series)
Examines the social implications of Tokyo's increasing reliance on skilled immigrant labor. This program looks at the social impact of these changes gathering commentary from a wide range of Japanese society about multiculturalism, racism and interracial marriage. Dist.: Films Media Group. 2005. 26 min. DVD 4302

[Tokyo]Tokyo, the Eclectic Metropolis.
Examines diverse examples of modernistic architecture in Tokyo such as the Shonandai Cultural Center, designed by Itsuko Hasegawa; Kiyonori Kikutake's Edo Museum; skyscrapers in the Shinjuki district; Kazuo Shinohara's Centennial Hall, exemplifying progressive urban anarchy; the Yama Dori, in which Fumihiko Maki employed a modern deconstructionist approach; Shin Takamatsu's Moto Akasaka, done in a mannerist form; the International Port Terminal; and even Kisho Kurokawa's living capsules. Dist.: Films Media Group. c1999. 29 min. Video/C 7073

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