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Architecture & Industrial Design

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.

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.

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. .


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Carde. 2008. 94 min.