Re: Writing on the Wall

Brigid Duffy (
Fri, 8 Mar 2002 12:21:25 -0800 (PST)

In this vein try "The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces" from Direct Cinema
( - their description:

"This witty and original film is about the open spaces of cities and why
some of them work for people while others don't. Beginning at New York's
Seagram Plaza, one of the most used open areas in the city, the film
proceeds to analyze why this space is so popular and how other urban oases,
both in New York and elsewhere, measure up. Based on direct observation of
what people actually do, the film presents a remarkably engaging and
informative tour of the urban landscape and looks at how it can be made
more hospitable to those who live in it. "

Home video price is $34.95; don't know what they charge schools.

Brigid Duffy
Audio Visual/ITV Center
San Francisco State University
San Francisco CA 94132-4200

>Does anyone know if the following is available in video or how I might
>obtain rights to make a video copy of the film (that we do not own)?
>Am I dreaming?
>Or, is there another title out there that addresses the same topic?
>Color; sound; 52 minutes
>Oscar Newman discusses the relationship between crime and architectural
>design, between, for example, vandalism and poorly designed housing. He
>makes the point that many American high-rise housing projects are unsafe to
>live in and that some, such as those in St. Louis, are being demolished. He
>asks if crime rates in other countries will be affected if they duplicate
>American mistakes. Produced by the BBC.
>Time-Life Films and Ambrose were the distributors at one time.
>Barbara Black
>Video Library
>Information Technology Services
>University of Colorado at Boulder
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