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Environmental Design

3 Books/3 Faculty

In this lecture four UCB professors of architecture discuss the content of their recently published books. Contents: 194X : architecture, planning, and consumer culture on the American home front / Andrew Shanken -- Detail in process / Christine Killory and Rene Davids -- Earth architecture / Ronald Rael. 58 min. This event took place at the University of California, Berkeley on February 11, 2009.

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 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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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 of Architects. 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. Film contains a tour of a typical building from the perspective of 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

Across the River.

Documentary featuring a series of portraits of urban heroes who are working to revive a dying neighborhood in Washington, D.C.